Conformity to the Will of God – First Day of December
Conformity to the Will of God.
“Not my will, but Thine be done.” — St. Matt. 36:39
The end of every virtue is to unite us more closely to God, on which depends all our happiness in this world. In what does this union properly consist? In the perfect conformity of our will to that of God in such a manner that our will is never in contradiction with His, that we love what He loves, and are displeased at all that displeases Him. — St. John of the Cross.
St. Bernard said of the Blessed Virgin that her eyes were constantly fixed on the good pleasure of God; that she conformed to it with promptness and love. Let us take her for our model. St. Teresa, in giving an account of the state of her soul to her director, said: “My will seems to me to be in such accord with that of God that all that He does is done expressly for it. All that happens seems to me to be a delicious meat that God Himself has prepared for me. I would not know how to desire anything else; this is why I find nothing bitter, nothing hard.” One day one of her religious in her presence accused herself of not conforming to the will of God; St. Teresa, seeing so clearly how beautiful, how just and necessary it is to will what God wills, and to will only that, was for some moments immovable with astonishment. She could not comprehend how a creature, who is before God but a vile mothing, could do aught but love the holy and amiable will of his Creator.
My God, I desire nothing more ardently than to be united to Thee by a perfect conformity of my will with Thine. Let me love always what Thou lovest, and let all that displeases Thee displease me.