Conformity to the Will of God – Eighth Day of December
Conformity to the Will of God.
“Not my will, but Thine be done.” — St. Matt. 36:39
We ought to subject ourselves to the will of God, and be content no matter in what state it pleases Him to place us. We should never desire to leave it, so long as we know that God does not will it. — St. Vincent de Paul.
Father Dupont said to one of his friends that he rejoiced in his natural defects, particularly in an impediment he had in his speech. He added that he also rejoiced in the temptations and other miseries that tried him, because it was God’s will that he had them. “If it were the will of God that I lived a thousand years loaded with all kinds of infirmities, and in the greatest darkness, I would be content, provided that I did not offend God.”
St. Elizabeth, learning that her husband was killed in battle, addressed herself to God, and said, “O my God! Thou knowest that I would prefer to see him to all the delights of the world, but since it has pleased Thee to take him from me, I submit with all my heart to Thy holy will. If by giving one hair of my head I could bring him back to life, I would not do it if it were opposed to Thy good pleasure.”
My God, I will rejoice in whatever happens. All that pleases Thee pleases me, because it is Thy will.