"During my meditation, I heard these words: My daughter, you give Me most glory by patiently submitting to My will, and you win for yourself greater merit than that which any fast or mortification could ever gain for you. Know, My daughter, that if you submit your will to Mine, you draw upon yourself My special delight. This sacrifice is pleasing to Me and full of sweetness. I take pleasure in it; there is power in it." (Notebook II, #904)Fasting and mortifications are noble, and important practices to do in our lives. However, we must first follow God's will in all things. I cannot count how many times in my life that Control Freak AnneMarie has outlined all of these elaborate plans and sacrifices, and then proceeded to tell God exactly what needs to happen. Yeah...not a great idea at all. I mean, duh, God definitely knows me better than I know myself, and He always knows what's best for me. So why do I try to boss Him around? It's pretty pointless. So, I keep trying to be putty in God's hands. I keep trying to open myself up to His will. Usually, this results in me looking like an absolute fool (if not to others, at least to myself), but it's something I'm getting used to! Especially as this liturgical year draws to a close (PEOPLE! The Solemnity of Christ the King is this Sunday!), I think this passage from St. Faustina's Diary is so valuable to meditate on. This Advent, how will we actively try to submit ourselves to the will of God each day?
Monday, November 16, 2015
Submission to God's will (Mercy Monday)
Happy Monday, everyone! I've decided that, with the Year of Mercy rapidly approaching (it begins on December 8), I really need to get my act together and bring back more posts with St. Faustina's Diary. There are so many amazing chunks of epicness to munch on, pray with, and implement in our lives! Today, let's look at what God tells St. Faustina about following His will.