Thursday, February 5, 2009

God's dealings

There is in God's dealings, both in nature and in grace, a clearness of plan which is truly part of our Christian view of God. We think of him as having definite thoughts, definite schemes for his actions. He is the supreme Master, and may, in the profundity of his own divine counsels, do this or that as he chooses. Not every man is expected to do all things. Paul is not to preach in Asia; however holy a work that might be, it is forbidden to him. You might say: were there no souls there waiting for the Gospel? That is not the concern of the individual. The concern of the individual is to know what the Holy Spirit asks of him, and, whether it be in a higher or a lower plane, to do that thing with all his might.
(Dom Anscar Vonier, O.S.B., +1906)

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