Lean In: Into the Chaos

This winter I had wanted to chart my own course, but had to yield to God's. Jesus reminds me that his Divine Will holds my highest good—and my loved one's too—that he is working in me, and through me when I cooperate with his plans, even in harsh seasons.

"In him all things hold together" (Col. 1: 17).


I think of this new year as a white page given to me by your Father, on which he will write, day by day, whatever his divine good pleasure has planned. I shall now write at the top of the page, with complete confidence: Domine, fac de me sicut vis, Lord do with me what You will, and at the bottom I already write my Amen to all the proposals of your divine will. Yes, Lord, yes to all the joys, the sorrows, the graces, the hardships prepared for me, which you will reveal to me day by day. Grant that my Amen may be the Paschal Amen, always followed by the Alleluia, uttered wholeheartedly in the joy of a complete gift. Give me your love and Your grace and I shall be rich enough.—Sister Carmela of the Holy Spirit, OCD

12/2/2022 9:05:39 PM
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    Pat Gohn is a Catholic writer, speaker, and the host of the Among Women Podcast and blog. Her book Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood is published by Ave Maria Press.