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Thursday, 12 March 2020 07:00

MGL Prayer 3 - An enduring desire to do the Father's will

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An enduring desire to do the Father’s will

On my first night as an MGL Sister, I remember walking into the chapel for Night Prayer with a sinking feeling in my heart.  Something inside me was crying out: “What have you done?  Now you have to do this every night for the rest of your life!”

Over the years since, I have learned to respond to my own inner reactions with the following train of reasoning:

“I came here because God, who loves me, invited me to make a whole-of-life response of love to His love.  He chose to call me here, to MGL, with its specific way of life and charism.  Therefore, my choice to give a loving “Yes!” to every part of our life as MGL is a loving “Yes!” to him and a choice to trust that he knows and loves me better than I could ever know or love myself and that his plan for me is the best one.”

I heard someone use the analogy recently of two soldiers who perfectly carry out the orders given by their commanding officer.  The difference between them was that one served out of a sense of duty, and one out of love for his commanding officer.  Which do you think enjoyed his work more?

The essence of our consecration as MGL Sisters is that we are set apart for God alone, to do His will.  You can only really make such a life-response (“unto death” as we say in our vows) if it is a response of love to Love.  In such a case, doing the Father’s will is not at all about a soldier carrying out orders, but a bride dancing with her Beloved, seeking to follow His lead and match her steps perfectly to his.

Katherine Stone