Divine Providence

Divine Providence

I am convinced that Providence, which has in the past done everything necessary for the development and perfection of its work, will continue to bestow on it most abundant blessings.  To ensure this, we must be constantly animated by the spirit of zeal and generosity which so holy an undertaking requires.

— Blessed Basil Moreau, Circular Letter 9

As priests and brothers of Holy Cross we are the spiritual sons of Blessed Basil Moreau. We imitate our founder's trust in Divine Providence. Each year on January 20th, Moreau's Feast Day, the Church proclaims the Gospel, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."

Like those early disciples we no longer place trust in ourselves alone but abandon ourselves to the work of God the Father and trust His Divine Providence. Providence is the belief that through discernment and faithful living of the vows, God's will is made known.  And by cooperating with God's will, any success or failure is guided by Him.

Today our common life, ministry, and prayer are all rooted in the belief that we are called by God to take up our cross daily and follow after His Son. Like Christ Himself, the disciples and the myriad of saints who have gone before us, we too abandon ourselves to God's Divine Providence. In doing so, God works marvelous deeds in our ministries and brings to completion the good work God has begun in us.

As Holy Cross priests and brothers our trust in Divine Providence frees us from the worries and anxieties that plague modern men and women. Our trust in Divine Providence infuses our lives with meaning and purpose because we know that it is God who works within us. Our trust in Divine Providence is the same trust St. André Bessette relied upon when instructing pilgrims to "Go to St. Joseph" for healing and guidance. Our trust in Divine Providence brings into reality the words we pray multiple times a day, that "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven".


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