Josemaría Escrivá Obras
 
 
 
 
 
 
  The Way > The will of God > Chap. 36
754

This is the key to open the door and enter the Kingdom of Heaven: qui facit voluntatem Patris mei qui in coelis est, ipse intrabit in regnum coelorum — he who does the will of my Father... he shall enter!


755

Many great things depend — don't forget it — on whether you and I live our lives as God wants.


756

We are blocks of stone that can move and feel, that have a perfectly free will.

God himself is the stone-cutter who works on us, chipping off the rough edges, shaping us as he desires, with blows of the hammer and chisel.

Don't let us try to draw aside, don't let us want to escape his will, for in any case we won't be able to avoid the blows. We will suffer all the more, and uselessly— and instead of polished stone, ready for the work of building, we will be a shapeless heap of gravel that people will trample contemptuously under foot.


757

Resignation?... Conformity? Love for the will of God!


758

Accepting the will of God wholeheartedly is a sure way of finding joy and peace: happiness in the Cross. Then we realize that Christ's yoke is sweet and that his burden is not heavy.


759

Peace, peace, you tell me. Peace is... for men of 'good' will.


760

A thought which brings peace to the heart and which the holy Spirit suggests to those who seek the will of God: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

What can worry the soul that sincerely repeats these words?


761

Free man, subject yourself to a voluntary servitude, so that Jesus won't have to say of you what we are told he said of others to Saint Teresa: 'Teresa, I wanted it... But men did not.'


762

An act of complete acceptance of the will of God: 'Is that what you want, Lord?... Then, it's what I want also!'


763

Don't hesitate: let your lips pronounce a heartfelt Fiat, 'be it done!', which will be the crown of your sacrifice.


764

The closer an apostle is to God, the more universal his desires. His heart expands and takes in everybody and everything in its longing to lay the universe at the feet of Jesus.


765

So much do I love your will, my God, that heaven itself, without your will — if such an absurdity could be — I would not accept.


766

Abandonment to the will of God is the secret of happiness on earth. Say, then: meus cibus est, ut faciam voluntatem ejus, my food is to do his will.


767

This abandonment is exactly what you need so as never again to lose your peace.


768

The gaudium cum pace, — joy and peace, — is the sweet and unfailing fruit of abandonment.


769

Indifference is not dryness of heart, as the heart of Jesus was not dry.


770

You are not less happy with too little than with too much.


771

God exalts those who carry out his will in the very things in which he humbled them.


772

Ask yourself many times during the day: Am I doing at this moment what I ought to be doing?


773

Jesus, whatever you 'want', I love!


774

Stages: to be resigned to the will of God; to conform to the will of God, to want the will of God; to love the will of God.


775

Lord, if it is your will, turn my poor flesh into a Crucifix.


776

Don't fall into a vicious circle. You are thinking: when this is settled one way or another, I'll be very generous with my God.

Can't you see that Jesus is waiting for you to be generous without reserve, so that he can settle things far better than you imagine?

A firm resolution, as logical consequence: in each moment of each day I will try generously to carry out the will of God.


777

Your own will, your own judgment: that is what worries you.


778

It only takes a second. Before setting about anything, ask yourself: What does God want of me in this?

Then, with divine grace,... do it!


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