A Year with the Saints – 13 December

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To lose ourselves in God is simply to give up our own will to Him. When a soul can say truly, “Lord, I have no other will than Thine,” it is truly lost in God, and united to Him. Saint Francis de Sales

The venerable Father Daponte made this prayer, and repeated it every day: “Concerning me, in me, for me, in regard to me, and all that I have, may Thy holy will, O Lord, be done, in all things, and through all things, and to eternity.”

The Lord appeared one day to Saint Gertrude and said to her: “Daughter, behold I bring you in one hand health, and in the other sickness. Choose which you please!” The Saint, throwing herself at His feet, with her hands crossed upon her bosom, answered: “O Lord, I pray Thee not to consider my will at all, but solely Thine own, and to do with me whatever will result in Thy greatest glory and satisfaction; for I have no desire except to have whatever Thou wishest me to have.” The Lord was much pleased with this reply, and added: “Let those who desire that I should often visit them give Me the key of their will, and never take it back?” Instructed by these words, the Saint composed for herself this aspiration, which she frequently repeated ever after: “Not my will, but Thine be done, O most loving Jesus!”

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