Thy Will Be Done

St. Francis de Sales encourages his spiritual children to honor God by conforming their wills to the will of God:

“Here is the great lesson: We must discover God’s will, and, recognising it, we must endeavour to do it joyfully, or at least courageously.”

“For the honour of God yield completely to his will, and do not think that you can serve Him better another way, for we serve Him well only when we serve Him as He wills.”

“Frequently say to our Lord: What wilt Thou that I do? Is it Thy will that I should serve Thee in the most lowly duties of the house? Provided I serve Thee, I care not what the service may be.”

“Say courageously: I will do much; not I, but the grace of God which is within me.”

“Let us be what we are, and be that well, in order that we may honour the Master Workman who has made us. Though we were the most excellent creatures under heaven, what would it avail us if we were not pleasing to the will of God?”

“Lord Jesus, without reserve, without an if, without a but, without exception, without limitation, may thy holy will be done in all things, at all times.”

Quotations from Maxims and Counsels of St. Francis de Sales, trans. Ella McMahon (Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, 1884).

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