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Part Four

In committing ourselves to [Christ], we can become one

spirit with him, and thereby accomplish his will, in suchwise

that it will be perfect on earth as it is in heaven.

106

Consider how [Jesus Christ] teaches us to be humble, by

making us see that our virtue does not depend on our work

alone but on grace from on high. He commands each of the

faithful who prays to do so universally, for the whole world.

For he did not say “thy will be done in me or in us,” but “on

earth,” the whole earth, so that error may be banished from

it, truth take root in it, all vice be destroyed on it, virtue

flourish on it, and earth no longer differ from heaven.

107

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By prayer we can discern “what is the will of God” and

obtain the endurance to do it.

108

Jesus teaches us that one enters

the kingdom of heaven not by speaking words, but by doing “the

will of my Father in heaven.”

109

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“If any one is a worshiper of God and does his will, God

listens to him.”

110

Such is the power of the Church’s prayer in the

name of her Lord, above all in the Eucharist. Her prayer is also a

communion of intercession with the all-holy Mother of God

111

and

all the saints who have been pleasing to the Lord because they

willed his will alone:

It would not be inconsistent with the truth to understand the

words, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” to

mean: “in the Church as in our Lord Jesus Christ himself”;

or “in the Bride who has been betrothed, just as in the

Bridegroom who has accomplished the will of the Fa­

ther.”

112

106 Origen,

De orat.

26: PG 11, 501B.

107 St. John Chrysostom,

Hom. in Mt.

19, 5: PG 57, 280.

108

Rom

12:2; cf.

Eph

5:17; cf.

Heb

10:36.

109

Mt

7:21.

110

Jn

9:31; cf.

1 Jn

5:14.

111 Cf.

Lk

1:38, 49.

112 St. Augustine,

De serm. Dom.

2, 6, 24: PL 34, 1279.

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