“Into your hands Father” by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen OCD Part III

This program is the final in a three part series based on the book “Into your hands Father” by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen OCD, which discusses our need to conform our will to the will of God. Mark and Frances build on the foundation of the first two parts, namely, our need to accept all the circumstances in our life as having come from our heavenly Father, and our need to put our hands to the plow and do our part. In this third part however, we begin to learn that we must dispose ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit. Our most important role here is to begin to see how all the elements of our life are simply part of the Lord’s work of sanctification in us. We need to maintain a single focus on our participation in the Lord working in us. This program will be very helpful for anyone struggling to understand what they must do to participate with the Lord in this final work of preparation for Union with God. It is a challenging call, but one well worth the effort.

Conforming our will to the will of God – Part II

In this conversation Mark and Frances continue with the second part of a three part series on conforming our will to the will of God. They are using a text from Carmelite Friar Father Wilfrid Stinissen entitled “Into your Hands, Father.” After finishing up the last section of the first part of Fr. Stinissen’s book, which concluded with the role of the memory and the practice of the virtue of Hope, Mark and Frances move to the second section of the book. In this second section Fr. Stinissen speaks about our need to not only accept everything in our life as God’s will, but to them move to put our hands on the plow and begin to do the work the Lord calls us to. Here Fr. Stinissen asks and answers his own question, namely, does God guide us through every moment of our day. The answer is yes, but He uses both external and internal means of doing this. After going through each of these means, Mark and Frances discuss the importance of the role of detachment, and our need to practice genuine human freedom in the context of pursuing our final ends as human persons. It is only through the practice of genuine freedom that we free ourselves to obey God in all things.