Conformity to the Will of God – Twelfth Day of December
Conformity to the Will of God.
“Not my will, but Thine be done.” — St. Matt. 36:39
When will the time come when we shall taste the sweetness of the divine will in all that happens to us, considering only the good pleasure of God? It is certain that this good pleasure comes to us in adversity as well as in prosperity; it makes a part of one as much as of the other, because God loves us, and because it is for our advantage. — St. Jane Frances.
One of the companions of St. Vincent de Paul being dangerously ill, St. Vincent wrote to a friend regarding the loss the congregation was about to meet. “It appears that Our Lord wishes to take His share of our little society. It is all His: therefore He has the best right to do as He pleases with it. As for me, my greatest desire is to desire nothing but the accomplishment of His divine will.” In the many infirmities with which the saint was visited, particularly during the last year of his life, when he felt his end approaching, he was always the same, perfectly indifferent to consolations, sufferings, or death. He desired above all that the will of God be accomplished in him.
St. John Chrysostom repeated these words so frequently that they might be regarded as his motto: “Lord, glory belongs to Thee for all” — Gloria tibi, Domine, propter omnia.
My God, grant that I may taste in all that happens the sweetness of Thy divine will. Thy will, Thy will, I desire only the accomplishment of Thy will! How sweet is Thy will!