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Serving God in peace and tranquility

Here are a couple of extracts from Fr. Schryvers book, The Gift of Oneself, which I mentioned yesterday.

The first answers the question which has been troubling me for years. “It’s fine to desire to do the will of God moment by moment, but how does one actually know what his will is?”

Poor scrupulous Soul, learn to serve God in peace and tranquility!

The obligation of the present moment ceases to be a duty for thee when thou dost not recognize it. If thy mind does not perceive it, for thee it is no longer the Will of God. It is not necessary to devote long efforts to this examination. A second suffices, time to look toward God. Conscience will give the answer. If it is affirmative, the will accepts it; if the answer is negative, the will gives up the idea; if it is doubtful, the will goes on without being disturbed.

When God wishes to give us a command, He does so clearly. He does not desire us to be troubled; for trouble is a cloud that hides Him from our view.

The second extract applies the principle given in the first to the normal business of living. I have found this to be probably the best bit of advice I have ever had!

Take each action by itself, and perform it as if thou hadst nothing else to do today. Work diligently, without laziness, without slowness; but do not be tormented by the desire of finishing. The first action done, raise thine eyes for a moment to the Divine Master; then begin another duty.

Using the method contained in these two extracts, I have had two full days now living almost entirely in the will of God. I will write more soon on what that actually entails, but suffice it for now to say that already order has been brought into my disordered life to a very considerable extent.

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 05:07PM by Registered CommenterSi Fractus Fortis in , , | CommentsPost a Comment

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