WHILE WE ARE NOTHING, WE CAN ACHIEVE A LOT WITH GOD’S HELP

Words of encouragement that God is close to us whenever we strive to discern God’s will:

If you have rooted yourself in the profound conviction that while we are nothing, we can achieve a lot with God’s help.
We do this when, placing ourselves in a state of complete detachment, we turn for guidance to obedience as making known to us the will of the Master we serve
and who has pledged himself to give us his powerful help by means of his grace in the various ministries that he assigns to us.

Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 25 September 1831, EO VIII n 404

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One Response to WHILE WE ARE NOTHING, WE CAN ACHIEVE A LOT WITH GOD’S HELP

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    “…placing ourselves in a state of complete detachment…” is that possible? I seem to want to hold on to little pieces of something and then hide it in the hidden corners of my heart – just in case…

    “…turn for guidance to obedience as making known to us the will of the Master we serve” – easy to say – but to do? Easy to say I will be obedient to the will of God – but what does that look like? Who will God choose to speak through? What if it is someone I don’t like or who does not agree with how I have decided I want to live? A million more questions but they all seem to boil down to will I trust God to know what I need and to supply that? Do I trust God?

    I have never really consciously thought about God being the one who speaks and guides and gives me whatever we need in these ministries that he has chosen for me. This has opened a new window in my heart and I am not sure that I ever want to close it again.

    I feel for a moment like I have melted – all the hard walls and doors within me have dissolved like ice does in the warmth of the sun. At this moment all I can say is ‘yes’.

    Oblation – this is what it looks like sometimes.

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