Lord, What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?

Here is the true token of a soul absolutely perfect, — when one has succeeded in leaving behind his own will to such a degree as no longer to seek, to aim, or to desire to do, what he would will, but only what God wills. -St. Bernard

These were the first words of the Apostle St. Paul as he recognized the Lord: “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” And they were uttered by him with so much sincerity of affection, and with such submission of will, that from that day forward he had no other desire than to do God’s will in all things. Nor in all the adversities, labors, sufferings, and torments, which he encountered, was there ever a thing sufficient to diminish, or even in the least to shake, his constancy and fidelity.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal had so great a desire to know and follow the Divine will, that on merely hearing those words, “Divine will,” she felt all on fire.

We read of St. Francis Xavier that he was stung with shame and self-reproach when he found that merchants had gone to Japan with their merchandise, sooner than he himself with the treasure of the Gospel, to spread the Faith and extend the kingdom of heaven.

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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