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Ave Maria Meditations

Now with sudden and almost blinding clarity and simplicity, I realized that I had been trying to do something with my own will and intellect that was at once too much and mostly wrong. God’s will was not hidden somewhere “out there” in a situation in which I found myself; the situation and themselves were His will for me.

What He wanted was for me to accept the situation as from His hands, to let go of the reins and place myself entirely at His disposal. He was asking of me an act of total trust, allowing for no interference or restless striving on my part, no reservations, no exceptions, no areas where I could set conditions or seem to hesitate.

He was asking a complete gift of self, nothing held back. It demanded absolute faith: faith in God’s existence and His providence, His concern for the minutest detail, and His power to sustain me, and in His love protecting me. It meant losing the last hidden doubt, the ultimate fear that God will not be there to bear you up.

The Servant of God, Fr. Walter Ciczek

Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

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Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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