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How To Do God’s Will

“On Earth as in Heaven”

JMJ Bible Study II.  This is being used with permission of Mr. Hugh Owen.  It is copyrighted and will be available for sale in a book form.  Please do not copy or distribute outside of the Secular Order.  Obtain a copy of the book from JP II Institute of Christian Spirituality in Jacksonville, Florida.

Hugh Owen

December 31, 1999

John Paul II Institute of Christian Spirituality
How To Do God’s Will “on Earth as in Heaven”

Introduction

The following pages contain a series of meditations designed to help the reader to do God’s Will “on earth as in Heaven.” According to Blessed Padre Pio, we must “have patience in the perseverance of the holy exercise of meditation.”  Although meditation is as old as the Church, it is also an essential part of what Pope John Paul II has called the “new and divine” holiness.  The newness of these meditations lies in their ability to help us to understand and embrace the holiness of Jesus in a new and profound way.

Please read each sentence slowly and carefully. Give yourself time to ponder each idea in its turn.  Try to make the reflections calmly and completely.  Do not proceed from one page to the next until you have fully penetrated its meaning and made it your own.

May the Divine Will of the Father, made known in Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit reign in you through Mary. Amen!

How To Do God’s Will on Earth as it is in Heaven

Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven(Matthew 6:9-10).[i]

But how can we do God’s Will “on earth as it is in heaven”?

Keep God’s Name Holy

The first thing that Jesus asks us to do is to “hallow,” or “make holy,” the Father’s Name.

 Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name (Matthew 6:9).

To the Jews, a person’s name revealed his essence.

Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO AM” (Exodus 3:13-14).

The essence of God is the Divine Will of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout out all generations (Exodus 3:15).

The Divine Will is one eternal Act of love that contains all things, past, present, and future.

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58).

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit equally carry out this ACT of Love.

God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16).

We “hallow” the Name of God when we live in, by, and for the Divine Will.

Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one (John 17:11).

Jesus said we must be baptized “into” the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in(to) the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).[ii]

Jesus wants us to abandon our human will to the Divine Will.  We must “take on” the qualities of the Divine Will just as water mixed with wine “takes on” the qualities of wine.

“Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven”

In Heaven, all of the saints and angels take part in the one Eternal Act of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne . . . singing, “Worthy art thou, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for thou didst create all things, and by thy will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:10-11).

If we are to do God’s Will on earth as it is in Heaven, we, too, must take part in the one Eternal Act of God, even while we are here on earth.

We must allow the Divine Will of the Father, made known by the Son, to reign in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

At the same time, we must enter into the Divine Will, to take part in the Eternal Act of the three Divine Persons.

The Divine Will Reigned on Earth in Jesus through the Holy Spirit

Jesus always did the Will of His Father on earth as He does it in Heaven.

Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise (John 5:19).

Jesus did the Will of the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness . . .(Matthew 4:1).

Because of the perfect reign of the Holy Spirit in his human soul, Jesus was “full of grace.”

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

Jesus allowed the Holy Spirit to reign in every one of his thoughts, words, and actions.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because he has anointed Me (Luke 4:18).

But Jesus acted by trust in his Father, not by feeling.

And being in an agony, He prayed . . . Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 44, 42).

Even in his glorified body, Jesus acted by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Until the day when he was taken up . . . He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles (Acts 1:2).

Jesus lived on earth in the Will of his Father

Jesus not only allowed the Divine Will of his Father to reign in Him.  He also lived in the Divine Will of his Father.

Thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee (John 17:20).

Even as He walked the earth, Jesus engaged in the Eternal Act of Love together with his Father and the Holy Spirit.

In him dwells the fullness of the deity bodily (Colossians 2:9).

Even as He walked the earth, Jesus engaged in the act of Creation.

He is before all things and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:17).

Even as He walked the earth, Jesus suffered to redeem all men—near and far; past, present, and future.

There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all . . . (1 Timothy 2:5).

Even as He walked the earth, Jesus engaged in the work of Sanctification.

If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink.  He who believes in me, as the scripture said, “Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” Now this he said about the Spirit . . . (John 7:38-39).

Jesus told the Apostles that his Kingdom would come through the power of the Spirit.

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you . . . (Acts 1:6-7).

We fulfill the Lord’s Prayer when we do God’s Will on earth by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our Lady Did God’s Will on Earth as it is in Heaven

Our Mother Mary also did the Will of the Father “on earth as in Heaven.”

Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).

Through the reign of the Holy Spirit in her body and soul, Mary was “full of grace.”

Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you! (Luke 1:28).

Through the reign of the Holy Spirit in her body and soul, Mary magnified the Lord.

My soul magnifies the Lord . . . (Luke 1:46)

Through the reign of the Holy Spirit in her body and soul, Mary was clothed with the sun of the Divine Will.

And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars (Revelation 12:1).

Through the reign of the Holy Spirit in her body and soul, Mary will crush the serpent’s head.

I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed; (s)he shall bruise your head (Genesis 3:15).[iii]

“I Pray that They Be One, As You and I Are One”

At the Last Supper Jesus prayed: “Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one (John 17:11).

Jesus’ prayer for unity must come true before the end of the world.

I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (John 17:20-21).

When the Lord’s Prayer at the Last Supper comes true, we will do God’s Will on earth as it is in Heaven, because we will be one as the Father and Jesus are one in the Holy Spirit.

The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me (John  17:22-23).

God Wants to Fulfill the Lord’s Prayer in You

God is faithful; He will keep his promise: His Will must be done “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and return not hither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Do you believe that God wants to fulfill his prayer in you?

According to your faith be it done to you (Matthew 9:29).

Jesus never inspires us to ask for what He will not give.

If you then who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? (Luke 11:13)

For 2,000 years, the Holy Spirit moved the Jewish people to pray for the coming of the Messiah.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (Luke 25-26).

After 2,000 years, God answered their prayer.

Anna “gave thanks to God, and spoke of him [Jesus] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).

For 2,000 years, the Holy Spirit has inspired Christians to pray for God’s Will to be done “on earth as it is in Heaven.”

And he said, “When you pray, say, ‘Father, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” (Luke 11:2).

How Can One Do God’s Will “on Earth as in Heaven”?

The key to receiving any grace is to ASK for it!

Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7-8).

Ask for the gift of doing God’s Will “on earth as it is in Heaven” by PRAYING often:

May the Will of the Father, made known in the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit reign in me through Mary. Amen! 

The Divine Will of the Father in the Human Life of Jesus

In the Will of the Father, Jesus saw the Source of his Divinity and Humanity.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God (Nicene Creed)

To live as Jesus lived, you must see the Will of the Father as the Source of all that is, within you and without you.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law (Divine Will) of the Lord, and on his Law (Divine Will) he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).

See the Divine Will of your Heavenly Father as the Source of the Uncreated Life of the Most Holy Trinity.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father . . . I believe in the Holy Spirit . . . who proceeds from the Father and the Son (Nicene Creed).

See the Divine Will of your Heavenly Father as the Source of all Being outside of the Holy Trinity.

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s Will.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:29-30).

See the Divine Will of your Heavenly Father as the Source of all Beauty, Goodness, Wisdom, and Love.

Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures (James 1:17-18).

The Divine Will created time and space.  But the Divine Will is outside of time and space.

The Divine Will is to creation as the sun is to the earth.

The sun gives light to all living things.

Without the sun’s light, nothing on earth lives.

But the sun is not in or on the earth.

It touches the earth.

But it is not touched by the earth.

In the same way, the Divine Will gives life to all creatures.

But the Divine Will does not receive life from creatures.

The Divine Will is like a sun that shines on each and every point in space and time as if It existed for each one alone.

All Things Obey God Except for Sinful Wills

Everything obeys the Divine Will except for the wills of demons and sinners.

And the angels that did not keep their own position but left their proper dwelling have been kept by him in eternal chains in the nether world until the judgment of the great day (Jude 6).

Sin rises up against the Divine Will.  It produces ugliness, unhappiness, disorder, and death.

Because God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living (The Wisdom of Solomon 1:13).

Repent: for the Kingdom of God is Near

Jesus allowed the Divine Will of the Father to reign in Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because he has anointed Me (Luke 4:18).

But Jesus had no sin.

For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning (Hebrews 4:15).

 Sin is the only thing that can keep us from doing God’s Will on earth as in Heaven.

No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God (1John 3:9).

Before we can allow the Sun of the Divine Will to shine through us, we must turn away from sin.

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1-2).

We must repent of any offense against the commandments, rules, and teachings of the Church, or against just civil laws, or lawful authority.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment (Romans13:1-2).

We must repent of any sins against our neighbor—sins of pride, anger, envy, hatred, sloth, lust, unforgiveness, covetousness, or any sin against charity.

Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:18).

We must confess our sins.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

When we repent and confess our sins, we are washed clean and made new.

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

Cleansed from our sins, we can receive the Reign of the Holy Spirit.

Invite the Holy Spirit to Reign in Your Heart

In the Divine Will, Jesus saw and willed the perfect life of each and every soul, past, present, and future.

In the Divine Will, Jesus saw and suffered for the sins of each and every soul, past, present, and future.

Jesus longs for you to will the perfect life that He has willed for you at each and every moment.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus longs for you to will his Will with Him.

But you must want the Divine Will of the Father, made known by his Son, Jesus, to reign in you by the power of the Holy Spirit.

All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Romans 8:14).

You must not only accept everything that happens to you.  You must will what God wills for you.

Indeed, you must praise what God wills for you.

In everything God works for good with those who love him (Romans 8:28).

At the beginning of each day, and as much as possible throughout the day, pray, “May the Will of the Father, made known through Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, reign in me!”

“Will of my Father, my Jesus, my Spirit, think in my thinking, pray in my praying, eat in my eating,” etc.

You can also pray, “Mother Mary, think in my thinking” etc., because she is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Queen of the Divine Will.

When a man turns to the Lord the veil is removed.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).

To allow the Holy Spirit to reign in your body and soul, you must be ever watchful, as the least stirring of self-will obstructs his reign.

For perverse thoughts separate men from God, and when his power is tested, it convicts the foolish; because wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul, nor dwell in a body enslaved to sin (The Wisdom of Solomon 1:3-4).

Ask the Holy Spirit to Consecrate You into a Living Host

When you have truly renounced the independent use of your human will, even in good or indifferent things, ask the Holy Spirit to consecrate you into a living Host.

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

As Jesus broke bread and gave it to his disciples before consecrating it, ask Him now to break your pride and to give you in service to your brothers and sisters.

Offer yourself as a host into the hands of Jesus your Priest.

Beg the Holy Spirit to consecrate you into a Living Host, in whom the Divine Will will reign as It reigns in the Blessed Sacrament.

As the host retains the appearance of bread after it has been consecrated, believe that you, too, will retain the appearance, the faculties, the personality that God created you to have.

But just as the consecrated Host becomes the dwelling place of the Divine Will, so you can believe that you, too, will become a dwelling place for the Divine Will so long as you renounce the independent use of your human will, and retain the desire to will only what He wills, when and however He wills it.

Just as each particle of a consecrated Host is a Real Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divine Will of Jesus, so each of your acts initiated and completed by the Holy Spirit with your full consent will be a Real Presence of the Divine Will of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Welcome the Reign of the Holy Spirit

When you have asked the Holy Spirit to consecrate you into a Living Host, ask Him to reign in you with his gift of profound humility:

He has looked down upon his handmaid’s lowliness . . . He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly (Luke 1:48, 52).*

Ask the Holy Spirit to reign in you with an attitude of gratitude:

Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Ask the Holy Spirit to reign in you with an attitude of deep trust:

In everything God works for good with those who love him (Romans 8:28).

Ask the Holy Spirit to reign in you with his peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you (John 14:27).

Ask the Holy Spirit to reign in you with his boundless love.

The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us (Romans 5:5).

Ask the Holy Spirit to love in you so that you can love God and your neighbor with his divine love.

For God is at work in you, both to work and to will for his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

Be on guard against the enemies of the Holy Spirit.

The slightest movement of pride, ingratitude, restlessness, distrust, or hatred destroys his gentle reign.

You must, therefore, be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48).

As soon as you see that you have resisted the Holy Spirit, repent at once and He will forgive you.[iv]

Thou dost correct little by little those who trespass, and dost remind and warn them of the things wherein they sin, that they may be freed from wickedness and put their trust in thee, O Lord (Wisdom of Solomon 12:2).

Stay at the Foot of the Cross

The difference between doing God’s Will on earth as in Heaven and doing it the same way in Heaven is this: On earth you do God’s Will as in Heaven by faith.  In Heaven, you will do it as you see the Beatific Vision.

On earth, you will live in God’s Will with suffering.[v]

In Heaven, you will live in God’s Will in bliss.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which comes upon you to prove you (1Peter 4:12).

Jesus did God’s Will on earth as in Heaven with constant suffering.

For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering (Hebrews 1:10).

As you do God’s Will on earth as in Heaven, you will suffer with Jesus.

In my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church (Colossians 1:24).

Place yourself at the foot of the cross, and you will be able to suffer in Him and with Him.

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).

At the foot of the cross, you will remember his love for you and your coldness toward Him.

In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his son to be the expiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).

At the foot of the cross, you will remember his love for your neighbors and your indifference towards them.

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother he is a liar (1 John 4:20).

At the foot of the cross, you will do the duty of the present moment in and for Jesus.

Do “the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to men” (Ephesians 6:7).

At the foot of the cross, you will keep silence within you and without you.

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).

At the foot of the cross, you will obey the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you.  Rise and go down, and accompany them without hesitation; for I have sent them” (Acts 10:19-20).

At the foot of the cross, you will ask continually for the reign of the Holy Spirit.

If you then who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13).

Enter into the Divine Will of the Father

But if you want to live as Jesus and Mary lived on earth, you can do more than just ask the Divine Will to reign in you.  You can pray to actually enter into the Divine Will.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in(to) the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Before the Consecration of the Mass in the Roman Rite, the priest takes a drop of water and adds it to the wine, saying, “Through the mingling of this water and wine, may we come to share in the Divinity of Christ, who humbled Himself to share in our humanity.”  This action recalls the action of the High Priest during the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles, when the High Priest mingled water and wine at the altar in the Holy of Holies, and prayed for the universal outpouring of the Holy Spirit that would one day unite humanity (water) with divinity (wine).

Jesus answered them, “Is it not written your law, ‘I said you are gods’?” (John 10:34).

To enter into the Divine Will is to enter in the Spirit into the Father’s house, into the Heart of the Trinity.

Because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:27).

To live in the Divine Will, make time every day to enter in, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you about your Father’s House.

Enter into the Sun of the Divine Will

Think of the Divine Will as an infinite and eternal sun whose light is Jesus and whose heat is the Spirit.

I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good (Matthew 5:44-45).

Imagine yourself plunged into the center of that divine sun.

Imagine that each and every creature in the universe—past, present, and future—is held in existence by a ray of that divine sun.

“In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Imagine every molecule of matter, every atom of every molecule, and every particle of every atom as an “I love you” from the Most Holy Trinity to you and to every human being.

For thou lovest all things that exist, and hast loathing for none of the things which thou hast made (Wisdom 11:24).

In your imagination, and with your will united to God’s, enter into the Heart of the Holy Trinity, and place your “I love You, I thank You, I bless You, I adore You,” on every one of those molecules, atoms, and particles of matter.

For thou wouldst not have made anything if thou hadst hated it.  How would anything have endured if thou hadst not willed it? (Wisdom 11:25)

In the same way, travel through the entire universe, thanking the Most Holy Trinity for the love It has placed in the stars, planets, oceans, mountains, forests, and in all of the different kinds of living and non-living creatures.

Thou sparest all things, for they are thine, O Lord who lovest the living.  For thy immortal spirit is in all things (Wisdom 11:26; 12:1).

Place your “I love You, I thank You, I bless You, I adore You,” on each and every one of those creatures—oceans, rivers, trees, flowers, birds, etc.

Let the earth bless the Lord; let it sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever (Daniel 3:52).

In your imagination, and with your will united to God’s, enter into the mysteries of the life of Jesus, from the moment of his conception until his Ascension into Heaven.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:29).

Know that the mysteries of the life of Jesus are eternal realities that you can enter by an act of your will.

Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 521).

As the Spirit leads you, accompany Jesus in the most difficult moments of his life—his temptation in the desert, his rejection by the leaders of his people, his Passion and death.

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4).

In your imagination, and with your will united to God’s, enter through the Heart of the Holy Trinity into all of the tabernacles of the world, especially those where Jesus is most neglected and abused.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:26).

In each of those tabernacles, give Jesus the perfect praise, adoration, love and thanksgiving that He offered to the Father in his Holy Communion at the Last Supper.

In your imagination, and with your will united to God’s, enter into every Holy Communion, from the Last Supper until the end of the world.

For all of the sacrilegious, indifferent, and merely humanly good Communions—your own and those of other people—, offer to the Father the perfect Communion of Jesus on the first Holy Thursday.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:27).

From the Heart of the Holy Trinity, offer Jesus the perfect love, adoration, praise, and thanksgiving of Our Lady’s Holy Communions.

She is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness (Wisdom of Solomon 7:26).

The Church identifies Mary with the Holy Spirit by whose power all things exist and were made. In the Divine Will, we can enter into God’s activity, as Mary did.

Though she is but one she can do all things and while remaining in herself she can do all things (Wisdom of Solomon 7:27). 

In your imagination, and with your will united to God’s, join Mary and the Holy Spirit in their distribution of all graces, past, present, and future.

In your imagination, and with your will united to God’s, join Our Lady and the Holy Spirit in their gift of grace to all souls, from contrite Adam to the last human being who will be born on the earth.

Imagine all of earth-space-and-time—past, present, and future—spread out beneath that divine sun.  Imagine every soul from Adam and Eve to the last man and woman who will be conceived on the earth.

He made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth (Acts 17:26).

Enter in spirit into the sun of the Divine Will together with Jesus and Mary.  Think of the Divine Will as the sun that surrounds Our Lady of Guadalupe and the preborn Christchild.

And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars (Revelation 12:1).

Together with Jesus and Mary, go to the souls who are near and dear to you, and to those—past, present, and future—who are most in need of God’s mercy.

I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men [past, present, and future] (1 Timothy 2:1).[vi]

Believe that in the Divine Will, you can touch souls at any point in space and time.  Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you to the souls—near and far, past, present, and future—who are most in need of God’s mercy: unborn babies in danger of abortion, the innocent victims of satanism, pornography, and child abuse; the dying; the persecuted Church; and the souls in purgatory.

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words . . . the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the Will of God (Romans 8:26-27).

Just as Jesus healed the Centurion’s servant at a distance and praised the centurion for his faith, should we not believe that Jesus will go with us in the Divine Will and heal souls at a distance in space and time?

When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore, I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”  And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well (Luke 7:6-10).

If Jesus healed at a distance in answer to the prayer of the centurion whom he had never met in the flesh, how much more will he answer us when we pray in union with Him and his Blessed Mother, in the Will of our Father!

If you, then, who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11).

All That Is Mine Is Yours”

As you begin to live in the Divine Will by faith, you will start to look at God’s world from his point of view.

When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:15-17).

As you live in the Divine Will by faith, you will hear the Father say:

Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours (Luke 15:31).

In the Divine Will, you will look upon all creation as yours.  You will see the stars, the planets, the oceans, the forests, and the mountains as your inheritance.

Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours (Luke 15:31).

In the Divine Will, you will look upon all of the mysteries of the life of Jesus as yours.  You will enter into his birth, his childhood, his public life, his passion, and death, as into living mysteries accomplished especially for you.

Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours (Luke 15:31).

In the Divine Will, you will look upon all of the work of the Holy Spirit as yours.  You will enter into his inspirations, from the first good thought of contrite Adam to the last good deed that will be done on this earth.  You will approve, will, and bless them all.

Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours (Luke 15:31).

May the Will of the Father, made known in Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit reign in us
Through Mary! 
Amen.

[1] All Scripture quotations are taken from the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (Princeton: Scepter, 1997) except for those marked with an asterisk (*) which are taken from the New American Bible (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Company, 1986).

[1] According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments” (CCC, 1213). Thus, a proper understanding of Baptism is essential to a sound spiritual life.   The Greek word for “baptize” means to “‘dip, soak, immerse’ into a liquid so that what is immersed takes on the qualities of what it has been dipped in----for example cloth in dye or leather in a tanning solution” (Cf. David Stern, Jewish New Testament Commentary (Clarksville, MD: Jewish New Testament Publications, 1996), p. 15.)  The Greek word eis means “into” in the Greek text of Matthew’s Gospel and “Name” refers to the reality behind the Name, which is the Divine Will of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  An understanding of baptism as immersion into the very Essence of God corresponds to the physical act of total immersion into water as it was commonly practiced in the mikvah, or ritual purification, of Jewish believers and in the baptism of Christians in the early Church.  In the light of Our Lord’s identification of “living water” with the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-38), the total immersion of a believer into a body of “living,” or moving, water, vividly symbolized the dissolution of his carnal self and his entrance into a new life in the Holy Spirit.  In the lives and writings of many twentieth century holy persons, such as St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Faustina Kowalska, Blessed Dina Belanger, and Venerable Conception (“Conchita”) Cabrera de de Armida, this original meaning of baptism as an entrance into the very essence of God has been rediscovered and exemplified.

[1] The “Explanatory Notes” accompanying the Catholic edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, state: “The Latin Vulgate has the reading ipsa conteret, “she shall bruise.” Some old Latin manuscripts have this reading and it occurs also in St. Augustine, De Genesi contra Manichaeos, II, which is earlier than St. Jerome’s translation.” Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version Princeton, NJ: Scepter, 1997), p. 985. It is important to note that St. Jerome not only had access to manuscripts which have since been lost; he also knew Hebrew and Greek and translated the Hebrew portions of the Old Testament with the help of learned rabbis. Thus, there is no reason to subscribe to the modern hypothesis that “ipsa conteret” “she shall bruise”) was a copyist’s error and that the original text read “he shall bruise.”

[1] If this resistance is seriously sinful, however, you must confess the sin in the Sacrament of Penance.

[1] This is true for the present.  In the era of peace, after the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, conditions may be quite different.

[1] That St. Paul’s words apply to all souls past, present, and future is made clear by the sentences immediately following, which state that Jesus desires the salvation of all men and that He died for all men, including those who lived long before and long after Him (2 Timothy 2:3-5). Since Jesus did not die only for his contemporaries, it is reasonable to conclude that He and the Holy Spirit did not pray only for his contemporaries!