The Will and Love

Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. has this to say about the will and love:Little_Catechism__01395.1447782106.328.245
“There is a sensible love and there is a love of the will. Sensible love consists in a feeling that draws us affectionately toward someone and makes us experience pleasure in that person’s company or in the remembrance of the same. Love of the will consists in wishing a person well, by free choice and determination of our will. When afterwards this love takes full possession of the soul, then it wants to belong to the person loved and deliberately to consecrate its entire life to that person.”

Which is true love?

He continues, “Love of the will, because the will is what is most personal in us. Our liberty resides in the will, and it is precisely with this That we give ourselves to God. For this reason He asks of man exactly the ‘gift of his will.’ It is in this full consecration to God that the total giving of self on the part of a human being consists.” (P.5 from Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer)

As we continue to call on the Divine Will to move in us, to act in us, we can see how it begins and ends in love, true love. The masters of prayer, Carmelites and others, knew this life of prayer was about a radical love; a magnanimity of the soul that wants God above all else.

If we are having difficulty in whatever stage of living in the Divine Will, let us ask Him to give us generous hearts!

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Personal Reflections on the Divine Will

By Monica Kolars

Our Lord gave humanity one prayer while on earth; the Our Father. Thus it is of utmost importance but don’t we all take it for granted, reciting it but never really thinking about why our Lord gave us this prayer? We know it is composed of seven petitions. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, section 2803, in the section on prayer, we can read more about these petitions.

St. Teresa of Avila, in her Way of Perfectionism, writes a commentary on the Our Father. She was teaching her nuns how to pray. In fact, she relates a story about one day, a woman came to her who desired to enter Carmel. St. Teresa, as prioress, was interviewing her and asked her how she prayed. She said, “Mother, I don’t do a very good job. I start with the Our Father and find that I never finish it after hours of prayer.” St. Teresa responded, “My daughter, you are welcome in Carmel.” I am paraphrasing the story but it serves the point that in this short prayer, there are jewels to be mined. God wants to teach us about Himself and ourselves.

With the teaching on Divine Will given to us by Luisa Piccarreta we are able to look anew at the prayer of the Our Father and mine these jewels. Of course one goes immediately to the section of the prayer, Thy Will be done, the fiat. The fiat that the blessed Virgin gave at the Annunciation; the fiat Christ gave from the Cross; and the fiat of Luisa.

What about our fiat? Historically the phrase “Thy will be done,” has accomplished miracle after miracle. What could our fiat accomplish?

M.K.