Nothing happens to you except that God either
wills it or permits it.
You fear, you worry, and you are anxious because
you have not understood this.
Perhaps you can understand this: you truly understand
nothing, not even yourself — and you are perplexed
that you do not understand God? Has He not
told you that His ways are not your ways?
You purpose to do one thing, and despite your
most careful calculations something entirely
unanticipated ensues. The world, you find if
you eventually grow wise, does not conform to
your will, but contends with it, even opposes
it! Your life is ever in contention with life
in general — and could you, you would subdue
it, constrain it to conform to your will, to
submit, surrender, to your desires — all the
while utterly blind to the remote consequences
of anything that you would do.
Only God sees all ends
In whom, then will you trust?
You are endowed with freedom, which is a perfection
given you by God. Your life has been and will
continue to be, defined by the exercise of this
freedom in the choices that you make. You are
compelled to nothing — in all things you are
preeminently free. The options before you may
or may not be to your liking, but you must choose
among them. You do not define the options ...
only the choices, which in turn define you.
Ultimately, in every situation involving a choice,
you have two far more fundamental choices that
will precede everything you will subsequently
elect, opt for, choose: your will or
God's will — what you want
for yourself, or what God wants of
When they converge the result is sanctity. When
they diverge, the result is sin.
If your will coincides, and converges, with the
will of God, only good can ensue.
Because only God is indefectible in goodness.
You are not.
That is also why you can trust God. The will
of God is always good — and He alone sees
It cannot be otherwise.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
to the Sacred Deposit
of Faith entrusted to the Holy
See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes
virtutem, et servasti verbum Meum,
nec non negasti Nomen Meum”
know your works ... that you have
but little power, and yet you have
kept My word, and have not denied
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