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.
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.
By prayer we can discern “what is the will of God” and
obtain the endurance to do it.
Jesus teaches us that one enters
the kingdom of heaven not by speaking words, but by doing “the
will of my Father in heaven.”
“If any one is a worshiper of God and does his will, God
listens to him.”
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
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
26: PG 11, 501B.
107 St. John Chrysostom,
Hom. in Mt.
19, 5: PG 57, 280.
112 St. Augustine,
De serm. Dom.
2, 6, 24: PL 34, 1279.