Do you wish to live one life in common with God? Do you wish to be supremely happy, to be constantly over brimming with joy and peace, to possess God as the Saints in Heaven do; to perform divine acts continuously rather than human ones? Do you want to start living the life of Heaven right here on Earth? In other words,
do you earnestly want the gift of the Divine Will?
Gift of the Divine Will: Living one life with God
Well, if you do, I’ve got good news for you! God loves us so much that it always was His intention that we live with the gift of the Divine Will, that is, one life in common with Him right from the beginning. When He created Adam and Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Paradise, where they lived supremely happy. They reigned over Creation as little kings. They possessed sanctifying grace and the preternatural gifts of infused knowledge; freedom from every kind of physical evil, such as sorrow, sickness, injury, or death; freedom from concupiscence and sin. They didn’t have to study or learn knowledge. They knew everything about the natural world they lived in. They did not even need clothes as they were clothed in garments of light.
Gift of the Divine Will: True Presence of God in Souls
As great as these gifts were, they were given an even greater one, the gift of the Divine Will, which is the crown jewel of all the gifts. This gift of the Divine Will consists of the sharing with God His own Life, through an
exchange and fusing of wills: we give our will to Him, and He gives us His Divine Will as the principal actor in all our acts. By letting God operate in all our acts, He lives and reigns in the soul as truly as He does in the Holy Eucharist. We are not speaking here of the mystical presence of God in the soul by grace, as He is in everyone who is in the state of grace; rather we’re talking of the actual, true and permanent presence of God in our souls.
Now, you may ask, what is the Divine Will? Well, it is pure Life, the vital principle which governs the light, love, and all the attributes of God Himself. It is the fountain of all grace and blessings.
One divine act of infinite merit
Getting back to Adam and Eve, they lived one life in common with God. All their acts were performed in His holy Will, which made these acts perfect; and these acts gave perfect love, glory, adoration, praise and thanksgiving to their Maker. In fact, even the smallest acts, such
as an eye blink, were greater, more meritorious, and gave God more glory than all the human acts combined from the beginning of the world until its end.
Adam fails God’s test
God, however, really wants to know if we truly love Him, so he asks of us a test: to give up acting with our human will. To Adam and Eve, it was not to eat of the fruit of one tree in the Garden of Paradise, and they failed miserably in this test. As a punishment, they not only lost the gift of His Divine Will, but all the other preternatural gifts. Adam lost his garment of light, his mind became obscured, and he became subject to various evil passions, and remained permanently wounded in his human nature. He could no longer perform divine acts, and he spent the rest of his life weeping over his sad fate.
God’s plan to restore gift of the Divine Will
God, however, had a plan to restore this gift of the Divine Will to man. First, He decreed that His Son, the new Adam, would take flesh, live, suffer and die to redeem man from this original sin. This was accomplished through the cooperation of the new Eve, the Virgin Mary. But man had to merit this grace, and so it took the prayers, good works, and longings for the coming of the Messiah, by the patriarchs, prophets, and all the holy men and women, four thousand years to bring this about.
Luisa as first in the Divine Will
Almost six thousand years after the creation