The Servants of Charity
Divine Providence Province
St. Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 2: 11-12, exhorts “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory.” The heart of a heavenly Father procures mercy; always brings comfort to the poor and is a great consolation to the needy. Jesus’ stance before the hungry crowds was to provide the miraculous bread because He was deeply moved by compassion. Father Guanella too knew how to put himself in the shoes of his neighbor and in fact he had a heart as big as the heart of the Father- “the poor are the favorites of Divine Providence and must be at the center of our attention.”
As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Mother of Divine Providence, the principal patroness of our Congregation, I would like to underline the trust and love which were profoundly rooted in the heart of our Founder. He was attracted by the image of our Lady of Divine Providence in the church of San Carlo ai Catinari in Rome. He never missed a visit whenever he visited Rome and spread this devotion among the residents, benefactors and among the Servants and the Daughters, whom he named after her, the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence.
Her picture visibly expresses her great charity, faith and love since she is embracing Baby Jesus, the symbol of the immense love of her toward the poor and an infinite trust in God. The people at the table did not know what they needed to maintain the joy of the marriage feast. The Blessed Mother puts herself in the middle at the marriage feast of Cana and acts as a mediatrix - not as an outsider but in her position as mother. The child cannot tell the mother its need, sickness, or pain but a mother puts herself in the place of the child and with loving arms and motherly disposition cares for the child.
Let us recognize the tenderness and motherly mediation of the Mother of Divine Providence in our ministries and offer our industrious service to the poor.
Fr. Soosai Rathinam, SdC