Let it cost what it may. We must be willing to give up what is comfortable in our present and future to the infinitely wise action of Divine Providence (God’s will). Let us throw all care upon God and put all our confidence in Him. This is what God wishes of us. What do we have today that we have not received by being faithful to God and trusting in His Providence? God has not changed His Providence towards us and we in turn should not change our conduct towards God. “
“Know that no one who has hoped in God has been confounded for God is a protection to all who seek Him in truth.” “Be stout-hearted and wait for the Lord. Woe to them who are faint-hearted, who believe not in God for they shall not be protected.” (Eccl 2) If you wish to know the perfect abandonment to Divine Providence? Look to Mount Calvary and the blessed limbs of our Lord nailed upon the cross! That is where it led him whose food it was to do the will of his heavenly Father.”
Commentary by Father Paul Robichaud CSP:
There is a difference between what we want and what we need. This is the meeting point, the intersection between our will and God’s will. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to ask the Father for our “daily bread.” What we ask God for is what we need, that God provide us with the grace, the peace, the forgiveness, the hope and the perspective to grow in faith as children of the Father. But if we are honest with ourselves and God, we know there are other things that we want. And some of what we want, from God’s perspective, we just don’t need.
This creates the clash of wills that Father Hecker writes addresses. To develop a spiritual life, to work at a relationship with God, means that our will and God’s will are going to differ. Father Hecker reminds us that we need to yield to God’s providence, God’s will for our lives. Ultimately happiness occurs when our will and God’s will are aligned. Hecker writes that the more we yield to God, the deeper our faith becomes. To go back to the Lord’s Prayer, we begin it by praying to let go and trust that God will lead us through the difficult moments when we say, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Let it cost what it may,” he says, “ Let us throw all our care upon God and put our confidence in him.”. Learning to trust God is the way to deepen both our faith and our prayer life.
Paulist Father Paul Robichaud CSP is Historian of the Paulist Fathers and Postulator of the Cause of Father Hecker. His office is located at the Hecker Center in Washington, DC.