In Order To Give Us the Gift of the Divine Will
God Does Not Count the Time, But the Acts That We Do
From The Writings of Luisa Piccarreta
“The Little Daughter of the Divine Will”
VOL. 24 – May 20, 1928
Afterwards, I was feeling tired – exhausted from the privations of my sweet Jesus. I felt that my poor and little soul could take no more without the One in whom I had centered all my hopes and my whole life. Without Him, everything I did, which was taught to me by Jesus, seemed to be a game – prayers from the imagination, not of glory for God; and so I felt such listlessness in doing my round, that I could barely go on. But while, exhausted, I continued my round, I felt Jesus sustaining me and pushing me from behind, telling me: “My daughter, continue on – do not want to stop. You must know that everything has been determined by the Supreme Being – prayers, acts, pains, sighs, which the creature must do in order to obtain that which We Ourselves want to give her, and which she longs to receive. So, if these are not performed, the longed for Sun does not rise from Us in the midst of the long night of the human will, to form the day of the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat. This is why many times it happens that many acts and prayers are done, and nothing is obtained; but then, because of another little sigh and prayer, one obtains what he so much longed for. Was it perhaps the last act to obtain the deed of grace? Ah, no! It was the continuation of all the acts and prayers; and if one sees that he obtains through that last act, it is because that one was needed to complete the number established by Us.
So, if you want to receive the Kingdom of the Divine Will, do not stop, otherwise, since the long chain of acts that reaches the throne of God would be missing, you will not obtain that which you want, and which We want to give. The acts are like the hours that form the day or the night: each hour has its place; some hours form the evening, others the deep night, others the dawn, others the rising of the Sun, others the full day. And if it is the midnight hour, in vain would one expect to see the sunrise. It is necessary that at least the dawn come to court the nearing day, to be able to see the majesty of the Sun which dispels the darkness with its empire of light, and putting an end to the night, beads all of nature and makes it rise again in its light and heat, molding everything with its beneficial effects. Now, is it perhaps the dawn that has all the honor for making the Sun rise? Ah, no! The dawn has been the last hour, but if the other hours had not preceded it, the dawn could never have said: ‘I am she who calls for the day’. Such are the acts and prayers to obtain the rising of the day of the Kingdom of my Divine Will. They are like many hours, and each one has its place of honor; and they hold hands in calling the radiant Sun of my Divine Will. The final act can be like the dawn; and if it is not done, the dawn will be missing, and it is useless to hope that its day of light may soon arise upon the earth, which, molding and warming everything, more than Sun, will make its beneficial effects and its divine regime felt – a regime of light, of love and of sanctity.
The same happened in Redemption. Redemption did not come for many centuries, because the patriarchs and the prophets found themselves with their acts in the night hours, and longed for the day from afar. As the Queen Virgin came, She formed the dawn, and embracing all the night hours together, She made the day of the Word arise upon earth – and Redemption was accomplished. Therefore, do not stop; the series of acts is so necessary, that there is the risk that, if not all of them are performed, the desired good cannot be obtained.”
VOL. 24 – July 4, 1928
Necessity of advances in order to purchase the Kingdom of the Divine Will. How the Divine Will renders everything light like a feather, and therefore one can embrace everything.
Continuing my round in the Divine Fiat, I was thinking to myself: ‘What is the utility of these continuous repetitions in asking over and over again for the Kingdom of the Divine Will? …And of the repetition of going around in It in order to commit It to grant Its Kingdom, so that It may come to dominate in the midst of creatures?’ At that moment, my beloved Jesus moved in my interior and told me: “My daughter, when one wants to make a purchase he pays advances, and the more advances he gives, the more the purchase is secured, and the less remains to be paid when he comes to the final acts of the definitive purchase. Now, since you want the Kingdom of my Will, it is necessary for you to give advances, and every time you go around in It asking for Its Kingdom over and over again, and emitting your acts on behalf of all for the same purpose, you add one more advance to secure your purchase of the Kingdom of my Divine Fiat. And since it is the purchase of It that you want to make, it is necessary that your acts be done in It, and acquire the value of the currency coined by my Divine Will. Otherwise, it would not be a valid currency that could circulate for the purchase of It – it would be a currency from outside the Kingdom. In fact, one who wants to purchase Divine Will, must give acts of advance done in It, and my Will benignly deigns to coin them with the value of Its Fiat, in such a way that the soul can give the necessary advances for the purchase of It.
This is the utility of your little rounds in my Fiat. The acts that you emit in It, your asking and asking for the coming of Its Kingdom, are all necessary things which are needed for the great purchase of It. Did I not do the same in Redemption? I had to pay the advance of my acts before my Celestial Father, and I had to pay for all to obtain the Kingdom of Redemption; and when I made the whole payment, then was it signed by the Divinity that the Kingdom was Mine. Therefore, continue to place your advances, if you want to have it signed that the Kingdom of my Fiat is yours.”
VOL. 28 – March 12, 1930
How God does not count the time, but the acts that we do. Example of Noah. The good that a prolonged and continuous sacrifice possesses. How each act of creature possesses its distinct seed.
My flight in the Divine Fiat continues, nor can my poor mind be without going around in Its innumerable acts; I feel that a supreme force keeps it as though fixed in the works of my Creator, and it goes round and round, always, without ever tiring; and – oh! how many beautiful surprises it finds, now in Creation, now in Redemption, as blessed Jesus makes Himself the narrator of how, in what surprises me, there is nothing other than a greater invention of His Love. So, while I was going around in Eden and in the times before His coming upon earth, I was thinking to myself: ‘And why did Jesus take so much time to come to redeem the human kind?’ And Jesus, moving in my interior, told me: “My daughter, Our infinite Wisdom, when It must give a good to the creature, does not count the time, but the acts of the creatures, because before the Divinity there exist no days and years, but one single perennial day, and therefore We do not measure the time, but the acts that they have done are counted by Us. Therefore, in that time which to you seems so long, the acts wanted by Us in order to come to redeem man had not been done. And only the acts determine the coming of a good – not the time. More so, since they were forcing Our Justice to exterminate them from the face of the earth, as it happened in the Flood; and only Noah, by obeying Our Will and through the lengthiness of his long sacrifice of building the ark, deserved to be saved with his family, and to find in his acts the continuation of the long generation in which the promised Messiah was to come.
A prolonged and continuous sacrifice possesses such attraction and enrapturing force before the Supreme Being, as to make Him decide to give great goods and continuation of life to the human kind. If Noah had not obeyed and had not sacrificed himself in carrying out a work so long, he himself would have been swept away in the Flood, and since he would not have saved himself, the world, the new generation, would have ended. See what a prolonged and continuous sacrifice means; it is so great that one places oneself in safety, and makes the new life arise in others, as well as the good that We have established to give. This is why, for the Kingdom of my Divine Will, I wanted your long and continuous sacrifice of many years of bed. Your long sacrifice placed you in safety, more than ark in the Kingdom of my Divine Will, and it inclines my Goodness to give a good so great, of making It reign in the midst of creatures.”