[I was searching for a modern version of An Act of Abandonment to Divine Providence by St. Jane Frances de Chantal for an upcoming series I am working on when I came upon this beautiful prayer on the website of the Sisters of Divine Providence, San Antonio, Texas. Be sure to visit their website.]
Beliefs about Prayer and Providence
God’s Providence governs all things provides for everything arranges everything and turns everything to good.
–Blessed John Martin Moye, founder of the Sisters of Divine Providence
A person with a spirituality of Providence believes that God cares for each of us as if we are the only person in the entire world. We learn to trust God’s transforming, life-giving presence in every circumstance as we fully embrace the present moment. God will provide what is needed to bring about good for us and the world, even in the most difficult of situations.
We invite all people regardless of faith background and belief to pray these Providence prayers with us. May they bring you strength, comfort and hope in the joys and trials of your everyday life.
Act of Abandonment to Divine Providence
Providence of my God, I adore you in all your designs.
I place my destiny in your hands,
confiding to you all that I have,
all that I am, and all that I am to become –
my body and my soul, my health and reputation,
my life, my death, and my eternal salvation.
As I rely entirely upon you and expect all from your goodness,
I will not give myself up to any useless anxiety.
I confide to you the success of all my undertakings,
and in all difficulties I will have recourse
to you as a never-failing source of help.
I know that you will either preserve me from the evils I dread,
or turn them to my good and your glory.
Peaceful and contented in all,
I will allow your Providence to govern my life without worry or over-eagerness.
Holy, wise, generous, and loving Providence!
I thank you for the tender care you have taken of me up to this moment.
I humbly and earnestly entreat you to continue the same for me;
direct all that I do, guide me in your ways,
govern me at every moment of my life,
and bring me to the fullness of being
that you have destined for me from all eternity.
May I please you and give you glory forever. Amen.
John Martin Moye – Founder