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Doing the Will of God


In short, for God's glory yield to his will completely, and never suppose that you could be serving him better in any other way; the best way to serve him is to fall in with his will for us. 

asaintCavallini-fresco He wants you to serve him without joy, without feeling, with repugnance and revulsion of spirit.  Such service gives you no satisfaction, but it pleases him; it is not according to your liking, but according to his.

Imagine that you are never going to be delivered of your anguish: what would you do?  You would say to God: I am yours; if my miseries are agreeable to you, give me more and let them last longer.  I have confidence in our Lord that this is what you would say; then you would stop thinking about the matter, at least you would stop struggling.

Well, do this now, and make friends with your trial, as though the two of you were always to live together.  You will see that when you have stopped taking thought for your deliverance, God will think of it, and when you stop worrying, God will come swiftly to your help.



salesSaint Francis de Sales, T.O.M., A.O.F.M. Cap. "Doing the Will of God." from St. Francis de Sales: Selected Letters translated by Elisabeth Stopp (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1960).

Note: St. Francis de Sales is out of print. This excerpt appeared in Magnificat in January 2017.

The Author

sales2sales1Saint Francis de Sales, T.O.M., A.O.F.M. Cap., (1567-1622) was a Bishop of Geneva who became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God. Besides these two well-known books he wrote many pamphlets and carried on a vast correspondence. Some of his devotional writings have been collected into Sermons of St. Francis de Sales on Our Lady, Sermons of St. Francis de Sales For Lent, Sermons of St. Francis de Sales On Prayer. For his writings, he has been named patron of the Catholic Press. His writings, filled with his characteristic gentle spirit, are addressed to lay people. He wants to make them understand that they too are called to be saints.

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