An Obedient Will


Such excellent meditation on the attitudes of the heart that is truly leaning in to the heart of God. “We need not be troubled because we are weak, if by trusting in the power and mercy of God we never lose courage. . . . I would rather be weak than strong before God, for He takes the weak in his arms, and the strong He leads by the hand.”


St. Francis de Sales encourages the cultivation of a will that is wholly obedient to God and trusts in Divine Providence:

“There are two kinds of wills: one says, ‘I would like very much to do good, but it costs a disagreeable effort; it is too difficult’; the other says: ‘I desire indeed to do good; the will is not wanting, but the power alone stops me.’ The first fills hell, the second paradise.”

“Be careful to purify your heart more and more each day. Now, this purity consists in weighing everything in the scales of the sanctuary, which are only the will of God.”

“If I want only pure water, what does it matter whether it be brought me in a vase of gold or glass? What is it to me whether the will of God be presented to me in tribulation or consolation, since I desire and seek…

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