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October 22th, 2013
Claudia Brock

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The reading for today all relate back to the doing of the will of God. The phrase "God's will" is one that is thrown around a lot in prayers and in the expectations of being a good Catholic. While the idea is common one, it is more easily said than done. I know that in my own experience of trying to live as a an active Catholic I find two common problems with doing the will of God, the inability to hear the voice of God and the mystery of His call.

This past week was midterms and I barely had a second to myself. I was rushing between doing assignments, attending meetings on campus, and cramming for my important exams. The business that usually afflicts all of us makes it difficult to even find the time to sit still, let alone find God. By letting our hectic schedules take over we allow the noise of everyday life to drown out the voice of God. While God is an all-powerful being I usually find His voice to be quiet but sure, "a voice in the wind" is how we referred to it in high school. We must remember to take time, even a few minutes, to sit still and discern the beautiful message God has for us.

The other issue with doing the will of God is understanding just what His will is. The gospel tells us to make preparation for God and to be diligent in his requests but does so is difficult when the call from God is as mysterious as it's source. What comforts me when I am having difficulty discerning what the call of God is requesting of me I remember one of my favorite prayers. The Road Ahead by Thomas Merton has a line that says, "I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. 
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. 
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. 
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it." I find this prayer very reassuring because it says that just by living your life in the hopes of doing the will of God, you will actually do the will of God. Having the hope of pleasing God and of doing as he wishes is all that is necessary as God will lead us the rest of the way.

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