God's Will


Thoughts on the Divine Will/Luisa Piccarreta movement
Firstly I am going to New Dawn at Walsingham myself which I am sure will be a great event and I am looking forward to it. Also I do believe in God’s Will in my life ever since I first gave my life to God as Christian and then as a Catholic. We have such a jewel in the Catholic faith that sometimes our Faith and Traditions get overlooked and people go looking for the next best thing or the latest prophecy as if something new is what they are searching for not unlike many evangelical churches that seek the next move of the Holy Spirit and are very open to being led astray, as with Todd Bentley and the false Kundalini spirit in the churches. But we have all we need in the Catholic Church, we just need to look closer to home, know our faith and let Jesus come to us in the Blessed Sacrament as well as benefit from the prayers of Mary in the Rosary.
The Council of Ephesus (AD 431)...professed that Mary is the Mother of God, the Theotokos (Birth-giver of God; sometimes translated as "God-bearer"). Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God who became man in the womb of Mary. The one who was born of Mary is the same one--the same person--who has existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit from all eternity.
Understanding that Jesus is both fully human and fully divine is very important. The Church has consistently defended this teaching against attempts to present one or the other as somehow less. If the Crucifixion and Resurrection were events that involved God only, then we are not saved. If Jesus was not divine, he would have been just another good man whose death and Resurrection would not have saved us. It is necessary to believe that the mystery of the Incarnation means that Jesus was both fully God and fully man.

This year, I notice that the theme for New Dawn at Walsingham Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done

states:
“Jesus came to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth according to the will of the Father who created all things and desired that life here below should be ordered in such a way that all mankind would experience the power of His infinite love, in anticipation of the fullness of life yet to be revealed in the Incarnation.

At the prompting of the evil one Adam sinned by going counter to the will of God and chose to follow his own will. Consequently disorder entered in, leading to destruction of God’s plan, resulting in misery, pain, alienation, darkness and death and all the things pertaining to the kingdom of Satan.

Jesus came to restore what had been lost, taking upon himself the consequences of Man’s failure and to completely reverse the disorder, enduring untold suffering to bring mankind back to God. At every point in his earthly life he submitted his human will to the infinite will of the Father, culminating in the Garden of Gethsemane when he said “Not my will but yours be done.” Mk 14:36 and finally on the cross when he uttered his last words “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

It is our hope that all of us who are present at this Conference will enter into a fuller participation in the life of the Church remembering that “Everything that Christ lived enables us to live it in him and that he live in us.” Catechism of the Catholic Church (521).

Following the example of Mary all of us should say “Be it done unto me according to your word.” Luke 1:36

HIS WILL IS OUR PEACE”
I think this theme has aspects I would like to discuss and also discuss the theme of the ‘Divine Will movement of Luisa Piccarreta’ as I find it too simplistic and secondly the ‘new movement’ may not be theologically ‘accurate’. I personally do not believe in the new ‘movement’ of the ‘Divine Will’ that has sprung up in recent years as we need to be able to align it with the Catechism of the Church which I am not sure that does.
In the first instance they would seem to be separating the Will of Jesus from the Will of God when they are both the same. Though Jesus had both Human and Divine Will, they were not separate and God’s Divine Will and Jesus’ Divine Will were one and the same. Jesus was fully man and fully God. I think the problem with some charismatic groups is that sometimes the theology can get a bit ‘skew-whiff’ or as I said simplistic. We should always bring our knowledge and experiences back to the test of the Catechism and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church – does it hold up in the light of the Truth – don’t assume we have some ‘new revelation’ that wasn’t there before otherwise we can be blown along by every wind of new philosophies doing the rounds.
God’s ‘Will’ is that we should know Jesus and come to Him through Jesus and through the Holy Eucharist and the Sacraments.
"It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his will. His will was that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature.” The Profession of Faith, CCC, Section 1
God’s Will was and is Jesus. There is not a new ‘fiat’. Mary was the new ‘Eve’. This therefore was God’s plan for mankind.
Even after the Fall of Adam and Eve, God kept a covenant with his people, with Noah, Abraham and through the patriarchs and the prophets. David was a man ‘after His own heart’.
"I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will." - Acts 13:22 (cf. 1Sa 13:13-14)
We see here that David did God’s Will, there is not a new ‘Divine Will’ but God Himself loved David because He wanted to do the ‘Will of God’. All Christians and Catholics desire to do the ‘Will of God’; it’s not a new revelation.
        Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
   kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is
   in heaven. (Mt 7:21)
We need to do the ‘Will of God’ but this is not a ‘new’ revelation – this is part of basic Bible teaching that every Catholic should know. We do this by taking the Sacraments and following the Commandments and Loving the Lord Jesus with all our heart and loving our neighbours as ourselves. The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence. That's what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God's grace. For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
In regards to THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN – The Catechism states this:
2822 Our Father "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."95 He "is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish."96 His commandment is "that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another."97 This commandment summarizes all the others and expresses his entire will.
2823 "He has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ . . . to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will." We ask insistently for this loving plan to be fully realized on earth as it is already in heaven.
2824 In Christ, and through his human will, the will of the Father has been perfectly fulfilled once for all. Jesus said on entering into this world: "Lo, I have come to do your will, O God." Only Jesus can say: "I always do what is pleasing to him." In the prayer of his agony, he consents totally to this will: "not my will, but yours be done." For this reason Jesus "gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father." "And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
Jesus Christ died once and for all so that our sins may be forgiven and we may enter into eternity with Christ.
We unite ourselves to Jesus to accomplish His will on the earth for the salvation of mankind; through the grace of God and not in our own strength. If we stay close to Jesus and His Word in these times then we will not be led astray.
In committing ourselves to [Christ], we can become one spirit with him, and thereby accomplish his will, in such wise that it will be perfect on earth as it is in heaven. Committing ourselves to Jesus, to prayer, Daily Mass and the Sacraments help us to lead Holy lives. Saint Faustina tells of God’s great Mercy at this time which we need to bring to everyone. In her diary (Notebook I, items 47 and 48) she wrote that Jesus told her:
"Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in You". I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and then throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish."
Consider how Jesus Christ teaches us to be humble, by making us see that our virtue does not depend on our work alone but on grace from on high. He commands each of the faithful who prays to do so universally, for the whole world. For he did not say "thy will be done in me or in us," but "on earth," the whole earth, so that error may be banished from it, truth take root in it, all vice be destroyed on it, virtue flourish on it, and earth no longer differ from heaven. This is the Truth of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.
2827 "If any one is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him." Such is the power of the Church's prayer in the name of her Lord, above all in the Eucharist. Her prayer is also a communion of intercession with the all-holy Mother of God and all the saints who have been pleasing to the Lord because they willed his will alone:
It would not be inconsistent with the truth to understand the words, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven," to mean: "in the Church as in our Lord Jesus Christ himself"; or "in the Bride who has been betrothed, just as in the Bridegroom who has accomplished the will of the Father."
And when such groups say that the ‘Saints did not have the divine will of God’ or weren’t doing the ‘divine will of God’ then that is how we know also it is a false prophecy. Because it says in the CCC ... all the saints who have been pleasing to the Lord because they willed his will alone.
956. The intercession of the saints. “Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness.... They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus.... So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped.”
2683. "The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom, [Cf. Heb 12:1 .] especially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in the living tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the transmission of their writings, and their prayer today. They contemplate God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth. When they entered into the joy of their Master, they were 'put in charge of many things.' [Cf. Mt 25:21.] Their intercession is their most exalted service to God's plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world."
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God." - Romans 8:26-27
"And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints." - Revelations 5:8
"Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of [this] calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of [his] goodness, and the work of faith with power...." - 2 Thessalonians 1:11
"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you." - 1 Corinthians 11:1-2
In regards to Jesus coming to restore what had been lost, He came to save us from our sins. It is a personal redemption for each and every one of us and it’s important not to gloss over this redemptive quality.
CCC states "He died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures"
601 The Scriptures had foretold this divine plan of salvation through the putting to death of "the righteous one, my Servant" as a mystery of universal redemption, that is, as the ransom that would free men from the slavery of sin. Citing a confession of faith that he himself had "received", St. Paul professes that "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures." In particular Jesus' redemptive death fulfils Isaiah's prophecy of the suffering Servant. Indeed Jesus himself explained the meaning of his life and death in the light of God's suffering Servant. After his Resurrection he gave this interpretation of the Scriptures to the disciples at Emmaus, and then to the apostles.
"For our sake God made him to be sin"
602 Consequently, St. Peter can formulate the apostolic faith in the divine plan of salvation in this way: "You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers. . . with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was destined before the foundation of the world but was made manifest at the end of the times for your sake." Man's sins, following on original sin, are punishable by death. By sending his own Son in the form of a slave, in the form of a fallen humanity, on account of sin, God "made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
603 Jesus did not experience reprobation as if he himself had sinned. But in the redeeming love that always united him to the Father, he assumed us in the state of our waywardness of sin, to the point that he could say in our name from the cross: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Having thus established him in solidarity with us sinners, God "did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all", so that we might be "reconciled to God by the death of his Son".
God takes the initiative of universal redeeming love
604 By giving up his own Son for our sins, God manifests that his plan for us is one of benevolent love, prior to any merit on our part: "In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins." God "shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."
605 At the end of the parable of the lost sheep Jesus recalled that God's love excludes no one: "So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." He affirms that he came "to give his life as a ransom for many"; this last term is not restrictive, but contrasts the whole of humanity with the unique person of the redeemer who hands himself over to save us. The Church, following the apostles, teaches that Christ died for all men without exception: "There is not, never has been, and never will be a single human being for whom Christ did not suffer.
III. CHRIST OFFERED HIMSELF TO HIS FATHER FOR OUR SINS
Christ's whole life is an offering to the Father
606 The Son of God, who came down "from heaven, not to do [his] own will, but the will of him who sent [him]", said on coming into the world, "Lo, I have come to do your will, O God." "And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." From the first moment of his Incarnation the Son embraces the Father's plan of divine salvation in his redemptive mission: "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work."415 The sacrifice of Jesus "for the sins of the whole world" expresses his loving communion with the Father. "The Father loves me, because I lay down my life", said the Lord, "[for] I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father."
607 The desire to embrace his Father's plan of redeeming love inspired Jesus' whole life, for his redemptive passion was the very reason for his Incarnation. And so he asked, "And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour."And again, "Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?" From the cross, just before "It is finished", he said, "I thirst."
"The Lamb who takes away the sin of the world"
608 After agreeing to baptize him along with the sinners, John the Baptist looked at Jesus and pointed him out as the "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world". By doing so, he reveals that Jesus is at the same time the suffering Servant who silently allows himself to be led to the slaughter and who bears the Christ's whole life expresses his mission: "to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
David did the Will of God and Jesus offered up His life to God and God offered up His Son for us. The disciples, Apostles, Church Fathers and Saints all did the ’Will of God’ and completed Jesus’ mission on earth by bringing the faith to people and establishing the Catholic Church on earth (on earth as it is in heaven). That is the ‘Kingdom of God’ on earth. All Catholics should follow the Will of God and the path to Holiness but it is not a ‘new Revelation’ or the Catholic Church would never have been established.
In regards to Revelation of God and Jesus:
The CCC states: III. CHRIST JESUS -- "MEDIATOR AND FULLNESS OF ALL REVELATION"25
God has said everything in his Word
65 "In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son."26 Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father's one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one. St. John of the Cross, (St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel 2,22,3-5 in The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross) among others, commented strikingly on Hebrews 1:1-2:
In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word - and he has no more to say. . . because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behaviour but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty.
There will be no further Revelation
66 "The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ."28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries.
67 Throughout the ages, there have been so-called "private" revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ's definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.
Christian faith cannot accept "revelations" that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfilment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such "revelations".
IN BRIEF (From CCC)
CCC 68 By love, God has revealed himself and given himself to man. He has thus provided the definitive, superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life.
CCC 69 God has revealed himself to man by gradually communicating his own mystery in deeds and in words.
CCC 70 Beyond the witness to himself that God gives in created things, he manifested himself to our first parents, spoke to them and, after the fall, promised them salvation (cf. Gen 3:15) and offered them his covenant.
CCC 71 God made an everlasting covenant with Noah and with all living beings (cf. Gen 9:16). It will remain in force as long as the world lasts.
CCC 72 God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him and his descendants. By the covenant God formed his people and revealed his law to them through Moses. Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the salvation destined for all humanity.
CCC 73 God has revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant forever. The Son is his Father's definitive Word; so there will be no further Revelation after him.
I think what I would like to see written is not ‘His Will is our Peace’ but ‘Jesus Christ is our Peace’ because that is His (God’s) Will - Jesus.
The full statement of CCC 521 states that Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us. "By his Incarnation, he, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each man." We are called only to become one with him, for he enables us as the members of his Body to share in what he lived for us in his flesh as our model:
We must continue to accomplish in ourselves the stages of Jesus' life and his mysteries and often to beg him to perfect and realize them in us and in his whole Church. . . For it is the plan of the Son of God to make us and the whole Church partake in his mysteries and to extend them to and continue them in us and in his whole Church. This is his plan for fulfilling his mysteries in us.
We should all as Catholics be following the ‘Will of God’ as Mary said “Be it done unto me according to your word.” Luke 1:36

We can find out God’s Will by reading our Bibles, attending Mass and studying the Catechism of the Church and documents in accordance with the Holy See and to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”

If we are to fulfil Christ’s command to preach the gospel to the people of our own time, we must first attain a comprehensive and authentic knowledge of the Catholic Faith. For this reason, the Second Vatican Council encouraged lay people to "devotedly strive to acquire a more profound grasp of revealed truth." Furthermore, this striving for deeper knowledge benefits our own salvation as well as that of others. Jesus tells us, "Eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."
We don't need to 'find' something that we haven't lost - don't let other people destroy your peace.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God - The peace which God gives. The peace here particularly referred to is that which is felt when we have no anxious care about the supply of our needs, and when we go confidently and commit everything into the hands of God. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee;" Isiah 26:3

Which passeth all understanding - That is, which surpasses all that people had conceived or imagined. The expression is one that denotes that the peace imparted is of the highest possible kind.

The Christian, committing his way to God, and feeling that he will order all things aright, has a peace which is nowhere else known. Nothing else will furnish it but faith. No confidence that a man can have in his own powers; no reliance on his own plans or on the promises or fidelity of his fellow-men, and no calculations which he can make on the course of events, can impart such peace to the soul as simple confidence in God.

Shall keep your hearts and minds - That is, shall keep them from anxiety and agitation. The idea is, that by thus making our requests known to God, and going to him in view of all our trials and wants, the mind would be preserved from distressing anxiety.

Through Christ Jesus - By his agency, or intervention. It is only in him that the mind can be preserved in peace. It is not by mere confidence in God, or by mere prayer, but it is by confidence in God as he is revealed through the Redeemer, and by faith in him. Paul never lost sight of the truth that all the security and happiness of a believer were to be traced to the Saviour.


Further evidence to support staying close to Catholic doctrine comes from Father Gobbi.
It is claimed that On October 24, 1975, Fr. Stefano Gobbi alleged that Our Lady told him, "Thus it will again be the Spirit who will speak in you, and by means of the Spirit, making use of you, the whole world will be completely renewed."
Interestingly Father Gobbi's claims that through him '... the whole world will be renewed' are very similar to the claims of the Luisa Piccarretta movement which has some theological contradictions with the Catholic Faith. But I see a pattern here that the devil has nothing new up his sleeve. He just wants Catholics to take their eyes off the ball and to worship him. Just as he said to Jesus in the desert: I will give you all their authority and splendour, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. Luke 4:6
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only. Luke 4:8
Also they can't BOTH be the means by which God will save the world! In fact Jesus is the only one who can save the World, now and in the future and in the Kingdom to come, as we say in the Our Father - Thy Kingdom Come - whose Kingdom - God's Kingdom.


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