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Resolution, Repentance and Trust

Good Friday

My son, you have learned more about doing my will today. You have learned that my will is a very quiet thing. Often it is indistinguishable from what you would have done anyway. But an action done for my sake is quite different from an action done for some other reason. It is in this way that my kingdom advances on earth. Yes, there have been great saints who have made spectacular impacts - and I rejoice in them - but the slow and steady advance of the Faith has owed most of all to the doing of my will by ordinary simple people in their ordinary simple lives.

It is to the ordinary people of the world that I was called. It is in the hearts of the ordinary people of the world that I live. They are faithful when many are not who appear to be more holy. Truly, many have betrayed me out of the arrogance of their own intellectual superiority. You have not been free from that fault yourself.

What you are finding is that it does not take intellect or understanding or fine words to do my will. What it takes is resolution and repentance and, above all, trust. These are things that all can have if they ask me for them. They are the raw materials of grace. To him that asks I will give. And I will teach in the giving.

Tomorrow you will be received into the church. Over the last year you have been taken to pieces and put back together again. Your attitude to so many things is quite different. It takes exposure to the true church of Christ to achieve this. All your life you have been far from the source of truth which is the church. False teaching abounds outside the church. Do not think for a moment that the differences are insignificant or can be glossed over. It is only in the church and through the church that my grace can flow freely.  That is why so many want to attack my church - because they cannot stand the thought of grace.

Now you continue writing in faith. What I have said so far has surprised you. I do indeed love all those who call upon my name and indeed all those who honour God and seek him. Even those who do not come from monotheistic religions have some glimmering of the truth - and that truth may be enough to save them. But woe betide those who have the full truth and still resist it! It would be better for them never to have seen the truth.

You wish to know in what direction I am calling you. My reply is that I do not want you to know. If you knew what I wanted from you, you would endeavour to do it yourself. But what I want of you is that you should be entirely dependent on my grace. So just as I said to you two days ago you need to make that day-to-day commitment to follow in my way, to walk in my way. And then walk in it. Just as you are writing these pages in a certain way because you have made a choice to do so, so you know you are walking in my way because you have made the choice to do so. And my grace will lead you and inspire your actions. Every action you do will be simply in my grace. But it will be transformed by my grace.

Now do you begin to see what I meant by saying you should trust your Father in Heaven just as the birds of the air and the flowers of the field do? By trusting God for each and every action of your day you are safe in the Father’s hands, safe in my hands too.

When I was on earth, that was how I lived. My choice was to do the will of my Father and every action and word of mine resulted from that choice. To choose God is to choose life, life eternal, and I am the way and the life.

Think about choice for a moment. If you decided that, instead of the path of God’s will, you would follow the path of making money, then every thought and action of yours would be directed towards that aim - even the ones that weren’t obviously so. Whatever path you choose affects every action and every thought. The same occurs if you do not choose a path at all. Many people hover between different paths and the result is confusion in their lives.

You can tell what path someone is on by looking at the decisions that they make. Though in truth decisions make themselves once someone has chosen their path in life.

You know the truth of this because you have in your life chosen other paths. And when you committed yourself to one, you found that everything happened according to that path. The path of lust, the path of pleasure, the path of money - these are all common paths to follow.

Doing God’s Will 

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 at 10:57PM by Registered CommenterSi Fractus Fortis | Comments4 Comments

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Reader Comments (4)

Welcome home! May your life in the Church be blessed.

March 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJesuit John

Thank you, Fr. John. I have been and continue to be greatly sustained by the prayers of many people such as yourself.

And, yes, it does feel like home!

March 23, 2008 | Registered CommenterSi Fractus Fortis

Thank you for this very encouraging post. I felt as though God was speaking to me.

March 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaryellen

Thank you, Maryellen. May God speak to you in every way.

March 30, 2008 | Registered CommenterSi Fractus Fortis

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