Conformity to the Will of God – Seventeenth Day of December
Conformity to the Will of God.
“Not my will, but Thine be done.” — St. Matt. 36:39
It is this holy abandonment which produces that beautiful liberty of spirit perfect souls enjoy. They find in this liberty all the felicity they can desire on earth, because desiring nothing, fearing nothing, they possess all. — St. Teresa.
St. Francis of Sales seemed to be always as contented as if everything was according to his desires. During a persecution which was waged against him, and his society, he wrote to Mother Chantal: “I submit these great storms which have arisen to Divine Providence. Let them continue or cease as it please Him. The tempest or the calm is equally dear to me. If the world did not oppose our designs, we would not be the servants of God.”
The Emperor Ferdinand II addressed each day this prayer to God: “Lord, if Thy glory and my salvation require that I become greater or more powerful than I am, elevate me; I will glorify Thee. If it be for Thy honor and my salvation that I remain as I am, preserve me and I will glorify Thee; but if humiliations contribute to Thy praise and my good, humble me, abase me, and I will glorify Thee.”
When this thought: “What will happen today? What will become of you today?” came to the mind of Father Alvarez, he would reply: “What God wills”; then addressing himself to God he would say: “I wish only to satisfy Thee.”
My God, elevate me, humble me, according to Thy will. I will glorify Thee always; I desire only to please Thee, to satisfy Thee.