Morning Text for Reflection:
The whole divine economy is pervaded by Providence. Even the vagaries of chance have their place in Nature’s scheme; that is, in the intricate tapestry of the ordinances of Providence. Providence is the source from which all things flow; and allied with it is Necessity, and the welfare of the universe. You yourself are a part of that universe; and for any one of nature’s parts, that which is assigned to it by the World-Nature or helps it keep it in being is good. Moreover, what keeps the whole world in being is Change: not merely change of the basic elements, but also change of the larger formations they compose. On these thoughts rest content, and ever hold them as principles. (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.3, Penguin Classics Translation)