Thursday of the First week of Advent
"....but only the one who does the will of my Father"
Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
The Way of Perfection, ch. 32, 5-9 (trans. E. Allison Peers, rev.)
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father"
It seems very easy to say that we will surrender our will to someone, until we try it and realize that it is the hardest thing we can do if we carry it out as we should... The Lord knows what each of us can bear, and, when he sees that one of us is strong, he does not hesitate to fulfil his will in that person.
So I want you to realize with whom you are dealing… and what you are giving him when you pray that his will may be done in you… Do not fear that he will give you riches or pleasures or great honours or any such earthly things; his love for you is not so poor as that. And he sets a very high value on what you give him and desires to recompense you for it since He gives you His Kingdom while you are still alive.
Would you like to see how He treats those who make this prayer “Your will be done” from their hearts?... See what God gave to his best Beloved, and from that you can understand what his will is. These, then, are his gifts in this world. He gives them in proportion to the love which he bears us. He gives more to those whom he loves most, and less to those he loves least; and he gives in accordance with the courage which he sees that each of us has and the love we bear him. When He sees a soul who loves him greatly, he knows that soul can suffer much for him, whereas one who loves him little will suffer little. For my own part, I believe that love is the measure of our ability to bear crosses, whether great or small. So if you have this love try not to let the prayers you make to so great a Lord be words of mere politeness…Unless we make a total surrender of our wills to the Lord so that he may do in all things what is best for us, he will never allow us to drink from his fountain living water.