Talking about Divine Providence

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“Divine providence is the force of the Lord’s love, working through His wisdom, to lead each one of us toward happiness in heaven” (Peter M. Buss, Jr.). The Lord created each one of us with the potential to become an angel. He is leading us every moment of our lives but leaves us in freedom to choose between heaven and hell on our spiritual journey.

Sometimes it can be challenging to trust in the Lord’s providence. When things don’t seem to be going well, we may wonder if the Lord is caring for us. Whether or not we believe it, He is always trying to lead us toward eternal happiness. If we can believe it, then we feel at peace even when troubles come our way.

Peace holds within itself trust in the Lord, the trust that He governs all things and provides all things, and that He leads toward an end that is good. (Arcana Coelestia 8455:1)

Key ideas that we can teach children about Providence

Talk about Divine providence with your children—at the dinner table, at bedtime, or in family worship. When we hear of bad things happening in the world—far away or nearby—It can be comforting to remember that the Lord is in charge. And He is working to give each one of us as much happiness as possible.

Little ones can be taught:

  • The Lord is always with us, leading and protecting us.
  • The Lord has all power over both good and evil.
  • Because the Lord loves us, He allows us to make mistakes.
  • The Lord helps us see our mistakes so that we can learn to make better choices.

When children are older, they can learn that:

  • The Lord does all things according to order.
  • He cannot break His own rules. He is the Ruler.
  • When the Lord's rules are obeyed, there is charity and cooperation.
  • The Lord’s Providence gives each of us individual freedom and responsibility.

Ideas for teenagers include:

  • The Lord preserves a person’s free will so that they can choose good or evil.
  • The Lord is with us every step of the way, yet always respecting our freedom.
  • The choices we make have consequences to eternity, and yet the Lord always keeps us in freedom to change.
  • The Lord is the Comforter with power to heal and save.

Resources for all ages

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

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