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 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 her 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, with preface by Cardinal José Saraiva Martins. The book quickly sold out and as of this writing a second printing is not yet available. However, 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.
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.
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. this 13-minute video (Divine Will in a Nutshell) by Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi. 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 as a shorter introduction.
Frances Hogan has some stellar teachings on the Volumes. She includes numerous scripture references, which is most helpful. If you don’t have time to listen to all the talks, Fr. Robert has often said that Volume 12 has many key teachings on how to live in the Divine Will. Frances has some excellent teachings on Volume 12.
The Gift of Living in the Divine Will is meant for everyone. It is not meant to replace other Catholic spiritualities, but embraces and enhances them. We continue to do all our good and holy practices, but learn to do them in a new way by grace. This includes all the ordinary acts of daily living, from the smallest to the greatest. 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 purpose, the place, and the order for which we were created.
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!