This petition is an epitome of Christianity and a synthesis
of our whole purpose for existence.
Why do we have a free will? In order to do the will of God.
Unlike the irrational creation that surrounds us, we can choose either to
conform our wills to God or refuse to do so.
The scope of this petition is the prayer that human beings
on earth might do Gods will as the angels and saints are doing in heaven. We
therefore ask that everyone on earth may do Gods will, even as everyone in
heaven does. There are no exceptions in heaven. We pray that there will be
fewer and fewer exceptions in doing Gods will on earth.
We further ask that, as in heaven, people may do Gods will
out of love and not through fear. In heaven there is no danger of not doing
Gods will, and therefore no fear of the consequences.
We further pray that we on earth, like those in heaven, may
do Gods will spontaneously. We ask that the divine will be done without
hesitation, with no aversion or reluctance. On earth we know how slow we can be
in responding to the known will of God. Our plea is to become more ready to
fulfill the will of God the moment we know what He wants.
We also pray to do Gods will with selfless generosity.
There is no envy in heaven among the elect, because they see others also doing
Gods will. There is no jealousy but perfect cooperation in performing the
divine will, not only individually but collectively.
We finally pray that, as in heaven, those on earth may enjoy
doing the will of God. There is a mysterious relationship between our doing
what pleases God, and Gods doing what pleases us. In heaven everyone does only
what pleases God. He, in turn, does everything to please the elect. They are
supremely happy. Why? Because they are perfectly conformed to the will of the
Most High. We pray to discover, already on earth, a foretaste of the joys of
heaven, reserved for those who do the divine will. In fact, the measure of true
happiness this side of heaven is the degree of our fidelity in doing the divine
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