How do we will something to happen? Can we make something happen simply by desiring it to take place? Is wanting something the same as willing it?
It may surprise many of you after an introduction such as this but I’m not going to get into the specific details of what the difference is between wanting something to take place versus willing it. If you want a step-by-step instruction on how to be perfect, read the “Introduction to the Devout Life” or something along those lines. Simply and bluntly, St. Dominic Savio tells us, that the first step to become a Saint is that we have to will it. This has got to be the most important step for every human being because we all have free will, but not every human being wants to control it. We have to WILL to become saints.
We have to make that special commitment and hope in God’s grace that in the end he will lead all of us to become a saint. That’s a fact. Think of life as a city
if you walk toward the store… where are you going to end up? …at the store. Hey, you might make a couple wrong turns, but given God’s direction, and given your willingness to go to the store, you WILL eventually reach it. This is contrasted to the modern everyday wise guy, who’ll just wander aimlessly, hoping that somehow he’ll get somewhere. If you want to do something shouldn’t you figure out WHAT you’re going to do?
It’s not impossible. Christ IS God. He is fully God, and fully man, but when he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, he stripped himself of all that separated himself from us, as we read in Paul’s letter to the Philippians:
…Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
God became MAN. Not partly, but WHOLLY. He became man, so that he could become the perfect example for all men to follow. Pope Leo makes this clear in one of his homilies:
Unless He was God, He would not have brought a remedy; and unless He was man, He would not have set an example.
Christ came to us as man, to set an example. Christ became man, to teach man how to be man. Hence, it makes sense to say that nothing HE was able to accomplish during his ministry, is NOT doable for us. Think of the saints. Think of the miracles of the Church through history. It’s possible to actually be practically able to “do what Jesus does”.
Well, it’s that simple. Your goal is to get to heaven. Will it. I WILL to become a Saint. I WILL to go to heaven, and every choice, every decision, every back-street I take, will either get me there, or pull me back. Which great big momentous decisions are going to face you that you can’t figure out? Do I go to college? When pondering this we must ask ourselves whether or not this action will help us in your path to heaven? Do I get married? Do those roads lead to “the store”, or don’t they? Will that action get you to your final destination? Yes or No. Hey, it’s our choice: we must will it, and we can’t be slow about it. There IS a timer; life is not as long as we would like to think. Use the precious time we have been given wisely.
The fact of the matter is that you and I are going to die someday, and let’s hope we have all reached the store by that time. In the meantime, Will to be Christian. Will to be Catholic. Choose the right, reject the wrong. You’ll make your wrong turns, and we all are tempted and fall into sin, but ultimately, you make the choice and no one else. Before we can become a saint and make use of God’s grace in us we must will it.
By: Soren S.