Fr. Joel Guibert: St. Therese Of Lisieux’s Way of Abandonment & Peace

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This article is from Abandonment to God: The Way of Peace of St. Therese of Lisieux.

By Fr. Joel Guibert, Catholic Exchange, October 1, 2019

To turn away from faith in providence, as soon as this word is blurted out, we hasten to caricature it, not in a mean way, but simply by regurgitating the atmosphere of the times we are living in: “Do you still believe in a God who would determine in advance everything that will happen to you, without letting your liberty have any say in it? Do you still believe in a God who seems indifferent to evil and the suffering of men?” The weight of these caricatures certainly assures them of a long career, but if we dare to allow Providence to speak for Himself, we will have some surprises, some good surprises!

God did not content Himself with creating the world in the way that one builds something out of Legos and then leaves it: “Dear creatures, here is the Christmas present, have fun, and, above all, do not bother me; my divine job has ended!” Certainly, in each instance, God “carries” His creation, but in His love, the Trinity “carries” us as part of a benevolent plan: “All historical events unfold according to the will or permission of divine Providence, and God attains His objectives in history.”  ….

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