In the course of the history of the Church, God has raised up privileged souls to whom He entrusted a special mission: Saint Margaret Mary, for the devotion to the Sacred Heart; Saint Faustina Kowalska, for the devotion to Divine Mercy; etc. In the March-April 2018 issue of MICHAEL, we published the life of one of these privileged souls, whose cause of beatification has been underway in Rome since 2005: the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta (1865-1947) who had received from God the mission to make known and loved the Divine Will, so that the request for the prayer of the Our Father might be fulfilled: "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven", or, in in other words, what the Kingdom of God on earth is, how the Will of God is accomplished on earth as it is in Heaven, and how one can live totally immersed in this Divine Will.
We know from the Gospel that Jesus came on earth to accomplish the will of His Father. And we have a glimpse of what the Will of God is in several passages of the letters of Saint Paul: "God wills you all to be holy" (1 Thess 4:3); "God wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim 2:4); God's Will is also found in his Commandments, the most important of which is: "I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you" (John 13:34).
Luisa, who was confined to bed for 64 years, almost without food and water, sleeping very little. She had only basic education. Jesus will come to her every day and teach her the most sublime mysteries concerning God and his Divine Will, teachings that she will carefully write down. These writings, written in obedience to her archbishop and to the priests who were assigned to her as confessors, form a book in 36 volumes, written over a period of 40 years, to which Jesus gave the title of "Book of Heaven". This book has received the Imprimatur, that is, permission to be published from the Church, because it does not contain anything contrary to the teaching of the Church.
In this "Book of Heaven", Jesus speaks of three decrees, three "Fiats" (Latin word meaning "let it be done, let it be accomplished"), the first "Fiat" is that of creation: God creates the world by a simple act of His Will: "God said,'Let there be light,'and there was light." (in Latin, fiat lux) (Genesis 1:3). The second "Fiat" is that of Redemption: the Word of God became flesh following the consent of the Virgin Mary: "Be it done unto me according to your word" (in Latin, Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum) ( Luke 1:38). Two thousand years later, Jesus said that we are approaching the fulfillment of the third "Fiat", sanctification.
Here are excerpts from the booklet "I Bring You Tidings of Great Joy", by Father Pablo Martin, which gives a selection of passages on the Divine Will, taken from the 36 volumes of "The Book of Heaven" of Luisa Piccarreta:
(Volume 19, August 27, 1926)
As I was in my usual state, my always lovable Jesus made me see the reverend father who must occupy himself with the printing of the writings on the adorable Will of God. And Jesus, placing Himself near him, said to him: "My son, the title you will give to the book you will print about My Will is this:
"See, I want the title also to correspond to the great work of My Will. I want the creature to comprehend that his place, assigned to him by God, is in My Will, and until he enters into It, he will be without place, without order, without purpose; he will be an intruder in the Creation, 63 with no right at all, and therefore he will go wandering without peace, without inheritance. And I, moved to compassion for him, will cry out to him continuously:'Enter into your place, come into the order, come to take your inheritance – to live in your house. Why do you want to live in a foreign house? Why do you want to occupy a land that is not yours? And because it is not yours, you live unhappy, and you are the servant and the laughing stock of all created things. All things created by Me, because they remain in their place, are in order and in perfect harmony, with all the fullness of their goods, assigned to them by God."
(Volume 14, September 11, 1922)
"The fulfillment of the Work of Creation was that man would do Our Will in everything. Our Will was to be the life, the food, the crown of the creature; and since it is not yet so, the Work of Creation is not yet fulfilled, and neither can I rest in It, nor can It rest in Me. It gives Me always something to do, and I yearn for this fulfillment and rest. This is why I love and want so much that the way of living in My Will be known...
"Therefore, there is nothing I did which did not have as primary purpose that man take possession of My Will and I of his. This was My primary purpose in Creation; the same in Redemption. The Sacraments I instituted, the many graces given to My Saints, have been the seeds, the means, to let man reach this possession of My Will.
"Therefore, neglect nothing of what I want about My Will, both with writing, and with words, and with works. From this alone you can know that the living in My Will is the greatest thing, the most important, that which interests Me the most: from the so many preparations that have preceded It.
"And do you want to know where this seed of My Will was sown? In My Humanity. In It, it germinated, was born and grew. This seed can be seen in My wounds, in My Blood, wanting to be transplanted into the creature, so that she may take possession of My Will and I of hers, and so that the Work of Creation may return to the origin from which It came, not only through My Humanity, but also through the creature herself.
(Volume 19, September 9, 1926)
"In these times so stormy and with a vertiginous race in evil, I could not give greater grace than making known that I want to give the great gift of the Kingdom of the Supreme Fiat. And as a confirmation of this, I am preparing It within you with so many knowledges and gifts, so that nothing may be lacking to the triumph of My Will. Therefore, be attentive on the deposit of this Kingdom which I am making in you."
(Volume 15, March 18, 1923)
"The strongest thing which binds the soul is to dissolve her will in Mine. How can I leave you? And besides, if I have spoken to you so much about My Will, it is many bonds of indissoluble union that I have placed between you and Me. In speaking to you, My Eternal Volition bound your little will with the bonds of My Eternal Will for each word I have spoken to you. Moreover, you must know that, in creating man, Our first Supreme Will was that he should live in Our Volition; and having to live in It, he was to take what is Ours so as to live at Our expense, repaying Our Will with as many divine acts for as many human acts as he would do in Our Will. This, in order to enrich him with all the goods which Our Will contains.
"But man wanted to live in his will, at his own expense, and therefore he exiled himself from his Fatherland and lost all these goods. So, My goods remained without heirs; they were immense, and nobody possessed them. Therefore, My Humanity came to take possession of all these goods by living every instant in this Eternal Volition; It wanted to live always at Its expense, being born, growing, suffering, working and dying in the eternal kiss of the Supreme Volition. And as I kept living in It, I was given the possession of the many unemployed goods, which ungrateful man had put into oblivion.
"Now, My daughter, if My infinite wisdom has spoken to you so much about My Will, it was not just to give you simple news, no, no! — but to make known to you the living in My Will and the goods It contains. And as you walk your way in It, you take possession of It.
"My Humanity did everything; It took possession of everything, not for Myself alone, but to open the doors to My other brothers. I have waited for so many centuries, many generations have gone by, and I will still wait, but man must return to Me on the wings of My Will, from which he came. Therefore, you, be the first to be welcomed, and let My words be a spur for you to take possession of It, as well as chains which bind you so tightly as to never let you go out of My Will."
(Volume 15, July 14, 1923)
"My daughter, the whole world is upside down, and everyone is awaiting changes, peace, new things. They themselves gather to discuss about it, and are surprised at not being able to conclude anything and to come to serious decisions. So, true peace does not arise, and everything resolves into words, but no facts. And they hope that more conferences may serve to make serious decisions, but they wait in vain. In the meantime, in this waiting, they are in fear, and some prepare themselves for new wars, some hope for new conquests. But, with this, the peoples are impoverished, are stripped alive, and while they are waiting, tired of the sad present era, dark and bloody, which enwraps them, they wait and hope for a new era of peace and of light.
"The world is exactly at the same point as when I was about to come upon earth. All were awaiting a great event, a new era, as indeed occurred. The same now; since the great event, the new era in which the Will of God may be done on earth as It is in Heaven, is coming – everyone is awaiting this new era, tired of the present one, but without knowing what this new thing, this change is about, just as they did not know it when I came upon earth.
"This expectation is a sure sign that the hour is near. But the surest sign is that I am manifesting what I want to do, and that turning to a soul, just as I turned to My Mama in descending from Heaven to earth, I communicate to her My Will and the goods and effects It contains, to make of them a gift for the whole of humanity."
(Volume 12, February 8, 1921)
"O iniquitous world, you are doing everything you can to cast Me away from the face of the earth, to banish Me from society, from schools, from conversations — from everything. You are plotting how to demolish temples and altars, how to destroy My Church and kill My ministers; while I am preparing for you an Era of Love — the Era of my third FIAT. You will make your own way in order to banish Me, and I will confuse you by means of Love. I will follow you from behind, and I will come toward you from the front so as to confuse you in Love; and wherever you have banished Me, I will raise My throne, and there will I reign more than before — but in a more astonishing way; so much so, that you yourself will fall at the foot of My throne, as though bound by the power of My Love.
"Ah, My daughter, the creature rages more and more in evil! How many machinations of ruin they are preparing! They will reach the point of exhausting evil itself. But while they are occupied with following their own way, I will be occupied with making the Fiat Voluntas Tua have Its completion and fulfillment, and My Will reign upon the earth — but in a completely new way. I will be occupied with preparing the Era of the third FIAT in which My Love will show off in a marvelous and unheard-of way.
"Ah, yes, I want to confuse man completely in Love! Therefore, be attentive – I want you with Me, in preparing this Celestial and Divine Era of Love. We will lend a hand to each other, and will work together."
(Volume 16, February 20, 1924)
"Ah, you don't know what it means to live in My Will! It means to make the pure joys of the purpose of Creation -— My innocent pleasures for which I created man — return to Me. It means to remove all the bitterness that the perfidious human will gave Me almost at the dawn of Creation. It means a continuous exchange of wills, human and Divine, as the soul, fearing her own, lives from Mine, while Mine keeps filling the soul with joys, love and infinite goods.
"Oh, how happy I feel in being able to give whatever I want to this soul, because My Will contains such capacity as to be able to receive everything! Therefore, there are no longer divisions between Me and her, but stable union, in working, in thinking, in loving, because My Will compensates for everything, so we remain in perfect accord and in communion of goods. This had been the purpose of the Creation of man: to make him live as Our own child and to share all Our goods with him, so that he might be fully happy, and We might be amused with his happiness.
"Now, to live in My Will is exactly this: to have the purpose, the joys, the feasts of Creation returned to Us. And you say that I should have kept it hidden in My Church, without manifesting it? I would have turned Heaven and earth upside down; I would have overwhelmed the souls with an irresistible strength, in order to make known that which will be the fulfillment of Creation. Do you see how much I care for this living in My Will, which places the seal upon all My works, so that all of them may be complete? It may seem to you that this is nothing, or that there are similar things in My Church. No, no — for Me, on the contrary, it is the All of My works, and you must appreciate it as such, and be more attentive in fulfilling the mission I want from you."
(Volume 17, September 18, 1924)
"To live in My Will is to reign in It and with It, while to do My Will is to be submitted to My orders. The first state is to possess; the second is to receive dispositions, and execute commands. To live in My Will is to make My Will one's own, as one's own property, and to dispose of It. To do My Will is to take It into account as the Will of God, not as one's own thing; nor can one dispose of It as he wants.
"To live in My Will is to live with one single Will – That of God; and since It is a Will all holy, all pure, all peaceful, being one single Will that reigns, there are no contrasts: everything is peace. Human passions tremble before this Supreme Will, and would rather escape It; nor do they dare to even move, or oppose it, in seeing that Heaven and earth tremble before this Holy Will. Therefore, the first step of living in the Divine Will, which allows a creature to receive the Divine Order, is in the depth of the soul, where grace moves her to empty herself of what is human – tendencies, passions, inclinations and other things.
"On the other hand, to do My Will is to live with two wills, in such a way that when I give orders to follow Mine, the creatures feel the weight of their own will, which causes contrasts. And even though they follow the orders of My Will with faithfulness, they feel the weight of their rebellious nature, of their passions and inclinations. How many saints, although they may have reached the highest perfection, feel their own will waging war against them, keeping them oppressed. And many are forced to cry out:'Who will free me from this body of death?'– that is,'from this will of mine, that wants to give death to the good I want to do?'
"To live in My Will is to live as a son. To just do My Will would be called, in comparison, living as a servant. In the first case, what belongs to the Father belongs to the Son; and then, it is well known how servants are forced to make more sacrifices than sons do. They have to expose themselves to more tiring and more humble services, to cold, to heat, to traveling on foot, and the like.
"In fact, how much did My saints not do, though most beloved friends of Mine, in order to execute the orders of My Will? Instead, a son remains with his father, takes care of him, cheers him up with his kisses and caresses; he gives orders to the servants as if his father were ordering them; and if he goes out, he doesn't walk, but travels in a coach
"And while the son possesses all that belongs to his father, the servants are given only the recompense for the work they have done, remaining free to serve their master or not; and if they do not serve, they no longer have a right to receive any further compensation. On the other hand, nobody can remove those intimate relations between father and son, by which the son possesses the goods of the father; and no law, either celestial or terrestrial, can cancel these rights, just as it cannot unbind sonship between father and son.
"My daughter, the living in My Will is the living that is closest to the blessed of Heaven. It is so distant from one who is simply conformed to My Will and does It, faithfully executing Its orders — as much as Heaven is distant from the earth, as much as the distance between a son and a servant, and between a king and a subject.
"Moreover, this is a gift which I want to give in these times, so sad — that they may not only do My Will, but possess It. Am I perhaps not free to give whatever I want, when I want, and to whom I want? Isn't a master free to say to his servant:'Live in my house, eat, take, command as another myself"? And so that nobody may prevent him from possessing his goods, he legitimizes this servant as his own son, and gives him the right to possess. If a rich man can do so, much more can I do it.
"This living in My Will is the greatest gift I want to give to the creatures. My Goodness wants to show off more and more love toward creatures, and since I gave them everything, I want to give them the gift of My Will, so that in possessing It, they may appreciate and love the great good they possess.
"And don't be surprised if you see that they do not understand. In order to understand, they would have to dispose themselves to the greatest of sacrifices — that of not giving life, even in holy things, to their own will. Then would they feel the possession of Mine, and would touch with their own hands what it means to live in My Will.
"You, however, be attentive, and do not be bothered by the difficulties they raise; little by little I will make My way, to make them understand the living in My Will."
(Volume 23, February 5, 1928)
"My daughter, as Adam sinned, God made him the promise of the future Redeemer. Centuries passed, but the promise did not fail, and the generations had the good of Redemption.
Now, as I came from Heaven and formed the Kingdom of Redemption, before departing for Heaven, I made another promise, more solemn, of the Kingdom of My Will, and this was in the'Our Father'. And so as to give it more value, and to obtain It more quickly, I made this formal promise in the solemnity of My prayer, praying the Father to let His Kingdom come, which is the Divine Will on earth as It is in Heaven.
I placed My very Self at the head of this prayer, knowing that such was His Will, and that, prayed by Me, He would deny Me nothing; more so, since I prayed with His very Will, and I asked for something which was wanted by My Father Himself. And after I had formed this prayer before my Celestial Father, certain that the Kingdom of My Divine Will upon earth would be granted to Me, I taught it to My Apostles, that they might teach it to the whole world, so that one might be the cry of all:'Your Will be done, on earth as It is in Heaven.'
A promise more sure and solemn I could not make. Centuries are like one single point for Us, but Our words are accomplished acts and facts. My very praying to the Celestial Father:'Let It come – let Your Kingdom come; Your Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven', meant that with My coming upon earth the Kingdom of My Will was not established in the midst of creatures; otherwise I would have said:'My Father, let Our Kingdom, which I have already established on earth, be confirmed, and let Our Will dominate and reign.'Instead, I said:'Let It come.'
This meant that It must come, and creatures must await It with that certainty with which they awaited the future Redeemer, because there is My Divine Will, bound and committed, in those words of the'Our Father'; and when It binds Itself, whatever It promises is more than certain. More so, since everything was prepared by Me; nothing else was needed but the manifestation of My Kingdom — and this I am doing. Do you think that my giving you so many truths about My Fiat is only to give you simple news? No, no; it is because I want everyone to know that Its Kingdom is near, and to know Its beautiful prerogatives, so that all may love — may yearn to enter, to live in a Kingdom so holy, full of happiness and of all goods. Therefore, that which seems difficult to you is easy for the power of Our Fiat, because It knows how to remove all difficulties, and to conquer everything — the way It wants, and when It wants."