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Apr 5, 2017
'Divine Will' group in Victoria
By Maureen Gunn
Jesus said, “Father, if You are willing
remove this cup from me,
yet not my will but Thine be done.”
~ Luke 22:42
For Jesus, that was not only the prayer of that moment, or only in that situation, but was the prayer that determined his every action. And this is what we aspire to in the Divine Will movement—to have the will of God at the forefront of our thoughts at every moment of the day, as Jesus did.
The patron of this pathway is Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, an Italian woman, who suffered for the sins of others and died at the age of 82 in 1947. Luisa always subjected herself to the ruling of the Church, and similarly, every Divine Will group must ask for the permission of the local Bishop. In our meetings we pray various prayers, including the Rosary, and we read from the writings of Luisa, which explain to us how to go about overcoming our own will.
Luisa’s spiritual director, St. Annibale Francia, Patron Saint of Vocations, was canonized by St. Pope John Paul II in 2004, and it is hoped that Luisa’s cause will progress quickly.
The local Divine Will group is part of a larger network that is overseen by Archbishop Battista Picchierri of Trani, Italy, and Father Thomas Celso of Boston, Massachusetts. Our meetings are held on Mondays at 2 pm at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Victoria.
Divine Will group coordinator, Maureen Gunn, (C) with members Marie Hamilton (L) and Mary McDonnell (R) at St. Joseph the Worker, Victoria, after a recent meeting