Dear friends, I have been feeling the call to more fervently promote Our Lord’s teachings on the “Gift of Living in the Divine Will”, which He gave to us through Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta. God has reserved this extraordinary grace, this “Gift of all gifts” for our time as a remedy—and more than a remedy—for the unprecedented ills of the world. I have listed below resources which will explain clearly the distinction between doing the Divine Will and living in the Divine Will. Believe me it makes all the difference in the world. God is not playing a defensive game, He’s playing offense all the way to His unstoppable victory.
Luisa Piccarreta was a very saintly soul (1865-1947), unimaginably humble, with a singular mystical life, whose holiness has been recognized, not just by those who knew her (including St. Padre Pio), but at the highest levels of the Church. She has been declared Servant of God and her cause for beatification has been submitted to the Vatican. Her diary, over 8000 pages, has been studied by Vatican theologians in the Italian translation and has been found to contain no errors in faith or morals. In 2015, the Vatican Press published her biography, Sun of My Will, with preface by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins. The book quickly sold out and as of this writing a second printing is not yet available.
The censor liborum of Luisa’s writings was (now Saint) Rev. Annibale (or Hannibale) di Francia. A holy man and the Founder of two religious orders, he was the first and most rigorous promoter of Luisa’s writings. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2004, and in 2010 Pope Benedict XVI installed a large statue of the saint outside the Vatican Basilica.
Professor Daniel O’Connor has posted a couple of short videos in which he summarizes key themes of the book, a 9-minute video and a 27-minute video. See also Proclaimthekingdom.com or Sunofmywill.com. If you want to learn more, check out his little book “The Crown of History”, also available as an audiobook which can be completed easily over the course of a week. He also has a larger version of the book, called “The Crown of Sanctity” available as a free pdf download. Daniel also has available a pdf of Luisa’s Volumes which can be downloaded for personal use. Be aware that there is no definitive English translation yet approved. However, there are some very good ones that we are allowed to use for study. There have been some poor translations in the past, so try to stick to good sources like the ones on this page. (Not an exhaustive list, but a good one.)
Jesus tells Luisa that the Holy Spirit is ready to descend in His fullness on the earth, to usher in the Era of Sanctification through this Gift, as Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi explains in his 13-minute video, Divine Will in a Nutshell. Fr. Iannuzzi has been tasked by the Vatican to work on the English translation of Luisa’s 36-volume diary which Jesus titled, “The Book of Heaven” (sometimes referred to as, “The Volumes”). His Doctoral Dissertation on the subject was given Ecclesiastical Approbation by the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, authorized by the Holy See. He also has a weekly podcast on Radio Maria, titled, Learning to Live in God’s Divine Will.
Fr. Robert Young (may he rest in peace) has an excellent series of podcasts on the Divine Will, found at https://divinewilllife.org/, including a 12 part Introduction to the Divine Will. He also has this one hour talk from 2009 as a shorter introduction. (Keep in mind that Luisa’s cause has progressed since then.) Fr. Robert has often said that Volume 12 has many key teachings on how to live in the Divine Will, so his talks start from there. However, none of the volumes are superfluous. As Fr. Young says, his favorite volume is always the one he happens to be reading at the time.
Fr. B. Thomas Celso BDV (Benedictines of the Divine Will) teaches regularly at The School of Mary’s Hill Cenacle. His always uplifting talks may be found here: https://www.queenofthedivinewill.org/ Rather than teaching the volumes chronologically, he often speaks on a theme across the volumes.
The Gift of Living in the Divine Will is meant for everyone. It is not one of many Catholic spiritualities, but a “new and Divine holiness”. We continue to do all our good and holy practices, but learn to do them in a Divine way by grace. This includes all the ordinary acts of daily living, from the smallest to the greatest. We in no way deserve this unimaginable Gift. God makes it available because it is simply “time” for the next step in salvation history. If we but desire it, he will do it in us and we will scarcely be aware of it.
The more people there are that desire this gift and learn about it, the sooner the Immaculate Heart will triumph, and the Kingdom of the Divine Will come to reign. This is not the Second Coming of Christ, but a restoration of life on earth as God meant it to be from the beginning, where his laws are written on our hearts, where we can be his people and he can be our God. It is the fulfillment of the prayer Jesus taught us and that we have been praying for 2000 years, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. It is a return to the Order, the Purpose, and the Place for which we were created. It is the coming of the Third Fiat, the Fiat of Sanctification, not the end of the world, but the end of an era.
There is much, much more information in the videos, and a little more from me in this post. If you feel a stirring in your heart, know and believe that God is calling you to be part of this Great Work of His. May God guide us all deeper into His holy and adorable Will. Fiat!