Conformity to the Will of God – Third Day of December
Conformity to the Will of God.
“Not my will, but Thine be done.” — St. Matt. 36:39
A union with God is accomplished in three ways: by conformity, uniformity, and by deiformity. Conformity is an entire subordination of our will to the divine will in all our works, and in all the incidents that happen to us, willing and accepting all that God wills, no matter how repugnant it be to nature. Uniformity is a direct alliance of our will with the divine will, by which we not only will all that God wills, but we will it solely because God wills it, rejoicing in all that God wills, because it is agreeable to Him. Deiformity is a transformation in which our will becomes one with that of God: the human will is no more felt within us, but the divine; and it desires nothing but through the Uncreated Will, being transformed into it. — Father Cagliari.
The sentiments of St. Magdalene of Pazzi upon this subject are most admirable. She she said would throw herself into the most frightful torments if she knew that God willed it. On the feast of Pentecost she desired most ardently to receive the Holy Ghost; she knew this God of love wished to communicate Himself to her; she sighed and longed for heaven, but she longed still more lovingly to do the will of God. She lived to accomplish more perfectly day after day these words: Fiat voluntas tua.
A holy soul presented himself often during the day to God, addressing Him in the following words: “Behold the servant of the Lord! Let all that Thou askest and desirest of me be done.”
My God, I will all that Thou willest. I rejoice to do what is agreeable to Thee. Let me have but one will with Thine.