Friday, June 15, 2012

Devotion to God's Will

Sometimes, if you pray hard enough, you'll miss your blessing.


I shall explain.

As followers of Christ, we strive to live a good virtuous life. A life of obedience and union with God's will. At Mass we pray "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." We read scripture that tells us Christ died because it was the will of the Father. (Matthew 26:39)  We sing  hymns, proclaiming His glory and power. We spend our days asking that the Lord guide and protect us.  When things are going great we praise his name. When things seems desolate we pray for His mercy.

But sometimes we need to sit back and ask ourselves a question.

Isn't every circumstance in our life full of graces and through the will of God?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Everything that happens, except sin, happens through the will of God.

As we pray for our vocations, families, and souls, we need to remember that our petitions must always be, not for our wishes to be done, but that God's holy will be fulfilled in us and by us. If we are too concerned with what we want in this life then we will lose devotion to Him and our desire for heaven. At the same time, it is also possible to be so absorbed in prayer and petitions for Christ to direct you, that you don't recognize when He does. At that point, you are not in union with the Lord, but have settled on conforming your will with his. St. Alphonsus de Liguori once said:

Who is ever offered a gift and then lays down the conditions upon which he will accept it?... Conformity signifies that we join our will to the will of God. Uniformity means more--it means that we make one will of God's will and ours, so that we will only what God wills; that God's will alone, is our will.

So everyday, let us grow deeper in our faith and unite with what God wills for us.


  1. Excellent and love St. Alphonsus

  2. This is excellent. And sometimes, we ask for God to guide us on questions where He has already guided us, in the Bible.