St. Louis Marie de Montfort wrote in a letter to his uncle, Abbé Alain Robert, in September 1694: "Whatever happens I shall not be worried. I have a Father in heaven who will never fail me." This expresses perfectly his attitude of total trust in the Providence of God, which was a characteristic of his whole life. God was his Father, who would never fail to provide him with all that he needed to live fully as a human being and as a priest. This attitude, of course, requires a very strong faith, a faith that is based on an awareness of the tremendous love that God has for human beings - a love which St Louis Marie writes about especially in The Love of Eternal Wisdom. It is the same kind of faith expressed by St. Paul when he says (in Rm 8:28): "We know that in everything God works for good for those who love him." But is also requires a willingness to do what we can ourselves to help ourselves and others.
This trust in Divine Providence is evident throughout the life of St. Louis Marie, for example:
He expresses his views on trust in Divine Providence in many places in his writings, notably in his Hymn 28, which has been called a "little treatise on Providence". His letters. also, carry frequent exhortations to trust in Providence, for example Letter 7, addressed to his favourite sister Guyonne-Jeanne (Louise), in which he writes:
What God wants of you, my dear sister, is that you should live each day as it comes, like a bird in the trees, without worrying about tomorrow. Be at peace and trust in divine Providence and the Blessed Virgin, and do not seek anything else but to please God and love him... if you serve God and his holy Mother faithfully you will want for nothing in this world or the next.
In his Rules written for the Daughters of Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, he insists on the necessity of trust in Providence. The Daughters of Wisdom, he writes, abandon themselves, in everything, to the cares of divine providence which will help them in the manner and time that providence so wills. And, speaking of those who wish to join the Company of Mary, his Rule states that:
"Priests and Brothers alike must not accept even simple benefices and temporal possessions, even those they may inherit. If they did have any before entering the Company, they must return the benefices to those who presented them. What they inherited must be given to their relatives or to the poor, having first taken the advice of a good counselor. They thus exchange their paternal inheritance for one which God himself gives them, namely, the inexhaustible inheritance of his divine providence"
His Prayer for Missionaries describes the missionaries for whom he is pleading as "men abandoned to your providence", known for their "abandonment to providence and their devotion to Mary". And, addressing these missionaries directly in the Letter to the Company of Mary, he begins: "Fear not, little flock" for "the marvellous promises which God has made to you through his prophets... will be yours provided you put all your trust in him through Mary. Entirely dependent as you are on God's providence, it is up to him to support you and to increase your numbers ... fear nothing whatsoever and sleep in peace in your Father's arms."
St Louis Marie's insistence on trust in Divine Providence, in his own life and in his teaching, puts him alongside St. Francis of Assisi as an example and a teacher of this attitude of faith and love.