“Then I said, ‘Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.’” (Psalm 40:7-8)
“Remember—death is never convenient.” Those were almost the first words I said to my replacement when I retired from my job as parish secretary recently. “Everything stops for a funeral.” I told her that this was probably God’s design, as death is meant to disrupt, to dislodge us from our schedules and plans, to give us pause, and to point us away from what is mortal and towards eternity.
The passing of Fr. Robert Young several weeks ago certainly gave us pause. His passing seemed such a great loss. However, I feel that now more than ever this servant of the Divine Will is able to obtain for us in a new and more effective way the graces we need to understand and internalize this “new and divine holiness.” Surely now he is able to reach, not just the local audience, or those who listen to his radio show, but all souls who are interested in learning about it, to give new light to our minds and hearts. The Lord gives, even as he takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
I continue to be edified by learning about the Divine Will through the incomparable lens of Luisa Piccarreta’s “Book of Heaven”. Fr. Robert Young’s elucidations continue to bear fruit in all of those who take the time to listen to them.
I have been pondering part of the Lord’s Prayer recently as it pertains to the Divine Will. In light of the Divine Will teachings we see that “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” has been, through the centuries, a hidden beacon calling for the Third Fiat, the Fiat of Sanctification, the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will on earth. Much more could be said and has been said about this golden petition our Lord carefully placed in His prayer. But it is a different petition I have been pondering lately.
“Give us this day our daily bread” has been meditated on by many over the centuries. Certainly it is good to acknowledge our dependence on God for our daily physical needs. So often in our day we take for granted what seems to appear on the table without much effort on our part. Far beyond that, our daily Bread from Heaven is something else we take for granted. How many times do we neglect daily Mass for no good reason or receive without the proper preparation? If we really knew what the Bread from Heaven was, we would, as many do, crawl great distances on our knees for it. These wonderful applications aside, the daily bread I am currently meditating on in reference to John 4:34: “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.”
Lately any time I have prayed the Lord’s Prayer, it is as if that petition for “daily bread” has been highlighted for me, as if Jesus had hidden a second golden petition for those to whom, in the fullness of time and through no merit of our own, he would offer the unparalleled grace of living in the Divine Will. Indeed, the more one learns about this grace, the more one hungers for it, and the more the passing “treats” of the world hold less and less allure.
I had a lovely experience at Mass on New Year’s Eve, the anticipated Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. I have a relative who is seriously ill. I had spent some time that day reading up on the illness, reading the blogs of others affected by this illness, trying to get a handle on it, so to speak. The more I read, the more unsettled I got, and the more worried I was about the future. At Mass, I felt the words, “Jesus I trust in you,” settle over me and give me peace. It came to me in a new way that my fiat and my trust in him is the only thing that will bring me true peace, and it is all he wants from me.
Fr. Robert often said that living in the Divine Will is simple but not easy. I find it to be a bit of a tug-of-war. The more I learn about the Divine Will, the easier it is to pull the rope and gain ground, the less time I give to it, the more I find myself pulled back into my own will. The beauty of it is, that even if I have found myself a long time in my own will, once I turn back, I do not have to gain back the ground I lost, but Jesus himself pulls me back and even gains me some distance. He wants this even more than I do. I just have to remember to hang onto the rope and never let go. Our glorious God will do the rest.
Perhaps that is as good a resolution as I—or anyone—can make this year, to commit to living and learning about the Divine Will. We have a treasury of solid teachings, and I find that I can listen to Fr. Robert’s podcasts numerous times without them feeling repetitious. Like Scripture, the Divine Will always has new treasures to reveal.
May God grant us all new delights in the Divine Will, and may his glorious kingdom come and come quickly. Fiat!