Good morning, and prayers for a blessed Advent. I am reading Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, a very beautiful and thought-provoking little tract available at Tan Books. I may from time to time post some reflections here during Advent.

But, let’s just start today with this obvious mirror to our ourselves:

Later when the Jews by their iniquities had grievously offended Him and provoked His wrath, He says: The Assyrian is the rod and the staff of my anger, and my indignation is in his hands, I will send him to the deceitful nation, and I will give him charge against the people of my wrath, to take away the spoils, and to lay hold on the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

… Let us conclude then with Saint Augustine: All that happens to us in this world against our will (whether due to men or to other causes) happens to us only by the will of God, by the disposal of Providence, by His orders and under His guidance; and if from the the frailty of our understanding we cannot grasp the reason for some event, let us attribute it to Divine Providence, show Him respect by accepting it from His hand, believe firmly that He does not send it to us without cause.