Conforming to God’s Will

Father Frassinetti writes: “A discreet master, a tender father, not only takes care not to impose on his servant or on his son anything too arduous and difficult, but does not even desire that his servants or his sons should undertake voluntarily to do for him things which are beyond their strength, and would end by becoming oppressive. Now certainly God is the most wise Master, the most tender Father, to us His servants, His children.”

“Considering that the greatness and sanctity of God are infinite, you might possibly imagine that only in the greatest and most holy things can God find His greatest pleasure, seeing that they only are, in some sort, worthy of Him. The supposition would be entirely false; for if God could find His greatest delight in such works only as are of themselves in some sort worthy of Him, He would never find what is most pleasing to Him in any works except in those of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which have infinite value and sanctity because they are the works of a Divine Person. Mere works of creatures, considered in themselves—be they those of the angels, or even of the most holy Virgin Mary herself—are but nothing, and therefore in no degree worthy of God, if you consider the proportions which they bear to the infinite excellency of His Divine Majesty. God finds His greatest delight, not in the grandeur and sanctity of works themselves, but in their conformity with His most Holy Will; and it certainly is not His Will that His creatures should perform the greatest and most holy works, but that they should perform those works which His love demands from them. . . . For this reason we may really and truly endeavour to do what is most pleasing to God, even in things the slightest and easiest to be done.”

Quotations from Joseph Frassinetti, The Consolation of the Devout Soul, trans. Georgiana Lady Chatterton (London: Burns and Oates, 1876).

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