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Abandonment XII – Finding the Will of God

June 11, 2009 by  
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s_-caterina-da-siena-31If we are able to greet each passing moment as the manifestation of the will of God, we will find in it all our heart can desire. What could there be more reasonable, more perfect, more divine than the will of God? Could any change of time or place or circumstance alter or increase its infinite value? If you possess the secret of discovering it at every moment and in everything, then you possess all that is most precious and worthy to be desired. What is it that you seek, you who desire to become holy? Give full scope to your longings. Your wishes need have no measure, no limit. However much you may desire, I can show you how to attain it, even though it be infinite. There is never a moment in which I cannot enable you to obtain all that you can desire.

The present moment is always filled with infinite treasure. It contains more than you have the capacity to hold. Faith is the measure of these treasures; according to your faith you will receive. Love also is the measure. The more the heart loves, the more it desires, and the more it desires, the more it will receive. The will of God is constantly before you like an immense, inexhaustible ocean that no human heart can fathom; but none can receive from it more than he has the capacity to contain. It is necessary to enlarge this capacity by faith, confidence, and love.

The whole universe cannot fill the human heart, for its capacity is greater than anything other than God. It is on a higher plane than the material creation, and for this reason, nothing material can satisfy it. The divine will is a deep sea, the surface of which is the present moment. If you plunge into this sea you will find it infinitely more vast than your desires. Offer no homage to creatures; do not adore your own illusions. They can neither give you anything nor deprive you of anything. Receive your fulness from the will of God alone, and it will not leave you empty. Adore it, put it first, before all things. Tear all disguises from vain pretenses and forsake them all going straight to the sole reality. The reign of faith is death to the senses; it is their spoilation, their destruction. The senses worship the physical. Faith adores God's divine will. Destroy the idols of the senses and they will weep and rebel, but faith must triumph, because the will of God cannot be separated from it. When the senses are terrified, famished, despoiled or crushed, then it is that faith is enriched and nourished. Faith laughs at these calamities as the commander of an impregnable fortress mocks at the useless attacks of an impotent foe.

When we recognize the will of God and surrender entirely to it, then God gives Himself to us and we experience the most powerful assistance in all difficulties. Thus we enjoy great happiness in this coming of God, and the more we learn to surrender ourselves to His all-adorable will at every moment, the more joy we have.

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade – Purchase The Joy of Full Surrender

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • jack g.

    I have come across the subject of the will of God on http://www.divinewill.org/ Luisa Piccareta’s canonization process started already and she wrote 36 volumes having had 2 grades completed. She lived of of Holy Communion for dozens of years at a time and one of her confessors of 18 years is a saint by now. Groups in Talahasi, Fl. http://www.divinewillinfo.org/ and elsewhere study the subject trying to live in it. There is so much in the subject of the Divine Will,   
    one would have to do just that, but to me when I find peace in what I do, having regular prayer life, that would be a sign of living in the divine will, St Alphonsus Ligourie once said that the Will of God is lived when we do not sin and have interior peace. It is not that simple for one might be ignorant and hardened and also have peace sinning greatly, but Christians with a prayer life, yes. 

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