In this entry I continue to unpack Divine Will teaching and explain how it is a specifically Christian teaching.
The Incarnation prepared the way for our reception of the Divine Will. Sin had made us enemies of God by inclining our nature away from His Holy Will. The life, passion and death of our Lord is effective in cleansing us of sin, and removing the enmity between the human will and the Divine Will. But even if man had not sinned, the Incarnation would still be a necessary condition for the achievement of union between the human will and the Divine Will. By virtue of the hypostatic union between his two natures (human and divine), Jesus gathered up everything that is properly human—the inner life of the soul, the operations of the body, outward actions, work, rest, prayer, and so on—and invested these with a divine form and eternal value. For every moment and aspect of Jesus’ human life on earth was animated and directed by his Divine Will.
Having perfectly united the divine and the human in his own person and mission, Christ is our exemplar and mediator for living in the Divine Will. In order to live and act in God’s Will, it is necessary to abide in Christ as a member of His mystical body. One cannot live in God’s Will except by co-living in God’s Will, in and with Christ. One cannot act in God’s Will except by co-acting in God’s Will, in and with Christ.
Every act (of a creature) in the Divine Will is the realisation of a possibility that Christ suspended in his own person. In order to act in the Divine Will, a creature must draw on the divine “potential” or “possibility” for performing such an act; these possibilities were deposited by Jesus in his own person throughout his life, and they await their enactment by those who would act in God’s Will. Each time we act in God’s Will, then, we are simply re-enacting Jesus’ pre-enactment of God’s Will. We are participating in the mystery of the Incarnation; we are repeating and extending the Incarnation in our own person.
Apart from drawing on the “divine possibilities” suspended in the life of Christ, there is no other way for us to live in the Divine Will. It follows that one cannot receive the Divine Will without receiving Christ and being incorporated into Him. It also follows that there is no mystical “shortcut” to the Divine Will that bypasses the economy of grace made available in (and as) the life of our Lord—His incarnation and ministry, His passion and death, His resurrection and ascension. To live in the Divine Will, then, is necessarily to lead a Christ-centred life.
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I am a cradle Catholic, husband, and father of three girls. My wife and I have long been convinced of the truth of the "new and divine holiness" as revealed to the Italian mystic, Luisa Piccarreta (1865-1947). I began reading Luisa's writings in the early 2000s. I hold a PhD in philosophy and specialise in metaphysics as applied to theological topics (Trinity, creation, grace and freedom).