Conformity to the Will of God – Twenty-First Day of December
Conformity to the Will of God.
“Not my will, but Thine be done.” — St. Matt. 36:39
When no cloud hides the sun it will necessarily enter a room that is exposed to its rays, provided the windows are open. In like manner, God hesitates not to communicate himself to a soul which He sees divested of all human affection — to a soul which has in its heart only what He wishes. — St. John Chrysostom.
A young man came to St. Bernard, threw himself at his feet, and begged him to receive him among his religious, notwithstanding his extreme youth. “You will be well satisfied with me,” he said. The saint, touched by the simplicity and goodwill of the youth, raised him up, saying: “My son, bring to Our Lord a heart devoid of everything, that He may fill it.” — Affer Deo cor vacuum, ut illud Deus implead.
My God, I will often examine the desires of my heart that I may renounce all affection for terrestrial things.