The Voice of Christ
My child, this is the way you must speak on every
occasion: "Lord, if it be pleasing to You, so be it.
If it be to Your honor, Lord, be it done in Your
name. Lord, if You see that it is expedient and
profitable for me, then grant that I may use it to
Your honor. But if You know that it will be harmful
to me, and of no good benefit to the welfare of my
soul, then take this desire away from me."
Not every desire is from the Holy Spirit, even though
it may seem right and good. It is difficult to be
certain whether it is a good spirit or a bad one that
prompts one to this or that, and even to know whether
you are being moved by your own spirit. Many who
seemed at first to be led by a good spirit have been
deceived in the end.
Whatever the mind sees as
good, ask and desire in fear of God and humility of
heart. Above all, commit the whole matter to Me with
true resignation, and say: "Lord, You know what is
better for me; let this be done or that be done as
You please. Grant what You will, as much as You will,
when You will. Do with me as You know best, as will
most please You, and will be for Your greater honor.
Place me where You will and deal with me freely in
all things. I am in Your hand; turn me about
whichever way You will. Behold, I am Your servant,
ready to obey in all things. Not for myself do I
desire to live, but for You -- would that I could do
this worthily and perfectly!"
A Prayer that the Will of God Be Done
Grant me Your grace, O most merciful Jesus, that it
may be with me, and work with me, and remain with me
to the very end. Grant that I may always desire and
will that which is most acceptable and pleasing to
You. Let Your will be mine. Let my will always follow
Yours and agree perfectly with it. Let my will be one
with Yours in willing and in not willing, and let me
be unable to will or not will anything but what You
will or do not will. Grant that I may die to all
things in this world, and for Your sake love to be
despised and unknown in this life. Give me above all
desires the desire to rest in You, and in You let my
heart have peace. You are true peace of heart. You
alone are its rest. Without You all things are
difficult and troubled. In this peace, the selfsame
that is in You, the Most High, the everlasting Good,
I will sleep and take my rest. Amen.