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Chapter 5. I Believe in God • 63


God’s Providential Care

God has a special love for every human person and a special plan for

each of us. Often enough, God’s plan is not what we would expect. Look

at the lives of great people like Pope John Paul II or Blessed Teresa of

Calcutta. During World War II, Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) was a

laborer and an actor, but led by God, he entered an underground semi-

nary. Born in Albania, Blessed Teresa found herself seeking out the dying

in the gutters of Calcutta. Have the lives of these two unfolded according

to their original plans? Surely not. If and when we accept God’s love in

our lives, he can ask surprising and sometimes challenging things of us.

Why do so many of us tend to brush aside God’s plan for us in our

lives? It seems to be because we find it hard to imagine how he can be so

loving to us, especially in awkward surroundings. Yet if the divine Word

of God could become one of us by taking on our human nature with

the cooperation of a young woman in Nazareth, God can surely touch

our lives.


Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God

in three divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit;

I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins,

and that he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic

Church teaches,

because you have revealed them,

who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

My Lord and my God, give me everything

that brings me closer to you.

—St. Nicholas of Flüe