Deus Providebit

There are times when bare necessities can be lacking. I know of some, who are living precariously day by day, making decisions between paying the gas bill so they can continue to have heat, or to put gasoline in their car. I know about these, because every now and then they reach out via internet for prayer.

It humbles me, knowing that I cannot help them financially, even though I would like to. My offering of prayers seem little, but I know that God does continue to provide for his children, as Jesus promises on the sermon on the mount (Matthew 6:25-34):

“…do not worry about your life…Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? … Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.”


Reliquaries of the True Cross (center), bone of St Magdalene of Canossa (left), and 1st Class relic of St Bakhita (right)

Below the relic of the True Cross in my prayer corner, there is a small piece of paper with a prayer written on it:

“Lord, I pray and humbly beg you,
in Your goodness please provide
for of all who are scraping by.
Give them the daily bread
they need for today.
Deus Providebit!”

Deus Providebit!

      God will provide!


A Prayer for All that is Good

Let us recall to mind all the graces we have received from the Lord…the healing of a sick child…a friend you’ve been praying for has come to know the Lord…a burden has been lifted from the heart…you were able to make ends meet this month…a high-risk surgery went well…making it through a really tough day…

So many things to be thankful for, and sometimes words don’t come to mind, but we can sing or say a sing an Alleluia in praise to the Lord for all that is Good in the world:

Un soldado a casa hoy regreso
Y un niño enfermo se curo
Y hoy no hay trabajo en el bosque de la lluvia
A soldier returning home today
And a sick child was cured
And today no one is working in the rain forest
Un desamparado se salvo
Por causa de una buena acción
Y hoy nadie lo repudia, hallelujah 

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

A homeless man was saved
Because of a good deed
And today no one rejects him, hallelujah 

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,hallelujah

Un ateo que consiguió creer
Y un hambriento hoy tiene de comer
Y hoy donaron a una iglesia una fortuna
An atheist who came  to believe
And a hungry man has something to eat
And today someone donated a fortune to a church
Que la guerra pronto se acabara
Que en el mundo al fin reinara la paz
Que no habrá miseria alguna, hallelujah
That the war was soon ended
That at the end of the world peace will reign
There will no longer be any misery, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah 

Por que la norma sea el amor
Y no gobierne la corrupción
Sino lo bueno y lo mejor del alma pura

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah 

Because the norm will be love
And they won’t govern with corruption
But with what is good and the best of a pure soul

Porque dios nos proteja de un mal final
Porque un día podamos escarmentar
Con que acaben con tanta furia, hallelujah
Because God protects us from an evil end
so that one day we may take heed
of what may happen with much fury, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear. Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will in his love enable you to profit by them. He has guided you thus far in life. Do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all trials. Whenever you cannot stand, He will carry you lovingly in his arms.

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same Eternal Father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads and all anxious imaginations.

Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622)