“Love God and [then] do what you will.” – Saint Augustine
When you truly love God and his will, then doing what you will, will be doing what God wills.
Love for Him must outweigh all other loves. Your love for Him, must be the “Cornerstone” of your entire life. Be willing then, to allow Him, to love you back.
Luke 1:38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
When Mama Mary said yes to God, her will became Gods will. To think for a second, that she could forget what the Angle Gabriel had told her, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” is like her forgetting she was a woman. Her trust in and love for God was so great, that this event became her life. At the very second she said yes, her will then became God’s will. She held everything from that moment on, in her heart, and even the closeness and unconditional love she had for her Son, our Lord, could not match the love she had for God the Father. Every moment after the Annunciation, in her life, became retrospect back to the moment of saying yes to God.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. – Saint Augustine
I can’t help but ponder how many Saints we have and how much they have played a part in my life. Their works, and how so many of their ways carry great influence. It is imposable for me to pick just one and pinpoint in particular, THAT is the one because Jesus Christ is the One. Which one I can say was the first “Branch” I grabbed on to, without a doubt, Saint Augustine of Hippo.
The works and words of the Saints I would have to compare to branches hanging low enough to be used for leverage, help off the “Jungle” floor. On the jungle floor, the food is picked over and rotting unless you can catch it as it is falling. It will sustain you for a time, but its never enough. You have to forage in the trees. Not to mention, there are a lot of predators on the floor. You have to jump up onto one branch. But if you stay on that one, you never move to where you need to be. You just swing back and forth and eventually run out of food. What I have seen, is all the branches have much to offer. The goal is to keep climbing, eating, drinking what they have to offer, until you reach the “Vine” where all the fruit and branches are visible. Where the “Light” is bright enough to sustain the branches that produce the fruit. Where the supply is abundant.
The second you let go of the “Branches” becoming “Spooked” by the wind, you will fall back to the floor of the jungle.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. Saint Augustine