We must trust Him absolutely

I am the vine, you are the branches … I am the true vine: and my Father is the gardner. Every branch in me, that beareth not fruit, he will take away; and everyone that beareth fruit, he will purge it, that it may bring forth much fruit. (John 15:1-5)

GrapevineThis purging or pruning action of the Father is what disconcerts us.  We see an orchard in full bloom, and what has a more delicate charm? And yet those flowers must disappear if the branches are to bring forth fruit. There are many flowers in our life that seem of great value to us. In God’s sight they are only flowers, and in His mercy He removes them that we may yield Him fruit. He alone knows the deep desires of our hearts, and He alone can satisfy them. We must trust Him absolutely if we wish to achieve out heart’s desire. We are not only the children of God, but we are members of the Mystical Body of His well beloved Son in whom He is well pleased. Every single thing that happens is part of a plan for the development of that Mystical Body. The Three Divine Persons are continually directing events towards that end. The Father to the Body of His Son. The Holy Spirit is continually moving each of us interiorly that we may live the life of the Son. The Son Himself is continually pouring His grace into our soul that we may share His own life. Is it any wonder that all things work together for the good of them that love God?

VineyardThe whole trouble is that – literally – we do not know what is good for us; and what makes the trouble still worse is that we think we do. We have our own plans for our happiness and too often we merely regard God as somebody who will help us to accomplish them. The true state of affairs is just the opposite. God has His plans for our happiness, and He is waiting for us to help Him to accomplish them. And let us be quite clear about it, we cannot improve on God’s plans.

Once a man has realized that God wills his happiness and that all that happens to him is ruled and regulated by God with infinite wisdom and power towards that end, and that all God asks of him is to co-operate with that loving will of His – then, that man has found the beginning of peace. And if he would be filled with that peace which is as a river, full, overflowing, rising up from the depth of his own heart, the peace which surpasses all understanding, the peace which the world cannot give – let him devote himself to the practice of abandonment to God’s will, always remembering that where God’s will is to be done or to be accepted, Jesus Christ is waiting to share our doing of it.

He always does the things that please the Father.

11 Responses to “We must trust Him absolutely”


  1. 1 anne bender August 30, 2009 at 01:51

    Oh Gabriella, this is beautiful! I love the pictures! But more than that, I love your words. They suit me so perfectly. I am forever thinking that I know better than God. I am forever fighting with Him for the things I want and think I need for my happiness. And He is forever telling me to knock it off, that I am wrong about what I think I need. He alone knows what I need. I really don’t have a clue! I can imagine that He becomes quite irritated with me over my constant whining, and still, He loves me, and keeps giving me chances, over and over again, to submit to His will. When will I ever learn?

  2. 2 Mary Nicewarner August 30, 2009 at 04:17

    Gabriella,
    May God bless you. This post is beautiful! Total abandonment to the Divine Will. Every day I do this. Yes, sometimes I feel resistance inside me but it has lessened as time goes by. Imagine what our world would be like if we all placed our trust in Him!

  3. 3 Judy August 30, 2009 at 05:58

    A truly beautiful post!
    Thank you for this meditation.
    I heard a priest on the radio today say that prayer “is so much more than simply spending a few quiet moments telling God what He needs to do for us”!
    The last several years of my life…God has done MUCH pruning of the flowers…and I am learning, through thoughts like yours, that even when taken to the “bare branches”…the fruits are abundant for the source of the beauty is not the flower but the GOD who created it!
    Thanks Gabriella!

  4. 4 Ron August 30, 2009 at 10:15

    Well explained Gabriella.
    The image of the vine and its branches suggests an intimacy in the relationship between ourselves and Christ. This contrasts with images that distance Christ from us, such as the image of Christ seated in heaven and of us getting on with our lives on earth, with Christ far from us, even though he may act for or upon us.
    Images of Christ as king and lord, as shepherd and judge, have their own importance in the enrichment of our perspective on how Christ relates to us. However, they need to be balanced by such images as the vine, which integrate all of us Catholics into the life of Christ and of Christ into our lives in a unity and closeness which these other images cannot convey.
    A Holy Sunday to all of you, dear virtual friends!

  5. 5 Daniel O. August 31, 2009 at 21:22

    So glad i have read this article as we all need reminding of exactly what has been written. Really great having the opportunity to read such articles.Thinking that i know what is best for me is one of my biggest downfalls ever which leaves me down and upset when things dont go the way i have planned on my own even though i know God knows what is best and wants what is best but i do forget this at times so thank you for the well needed reminder!

  6. 6 lycopodium August 31, 2009 at 22:19

    Cara Gabriella,
    le “Intenzioni svelate dei traduttori (laodi)CEI” sono contenute qui: http://www.chiesacattolica.it/cci_new/documenti_cei/2001-06/20-27/14notizsorci.doc !
    Vi sono le idee forza per la traduzione (?) e l’adattamento (?) della terza edizione italiana del Messale Romano.
    In realtà non si tratta di “traduzione”, ma di vero e proprio” tradimento” e l’unico adattamento che è condotto è nel senso di una sorta di gnosi politicamente corretta.
    Questa iconoclastia, che demolisce le espressioni tradizionali, è davvero preoccupante e smentisce, anzi va in totale controtendenza, con gli intendimenti papali di “riforma della riforma”.
    L’intenzione del gruppo di studio della CEI di estirpare col napalm ogni (o quasi) riferimento sacrificale dalla liturgia è quanto di più antipapale e anticattolico ci sia.
    Le confesso che sono piuttosto sconfortato.
    Comunque non dovrà passare sotto silenzio.

  7. 7 Morinne August 31, 2009 at 23:30

    I landed on this blog by chance and like Daniel I was really happy to read this post. I also am very sure of myself and think that I know what is best for me and for me too this is one of my biggest downfalls ever as things never go my way.
    But I admit that those times things did not go my way, I always ended up saying thank God for that!

  8. 8 Antonella Oliver September 1, 2009 at 10:26

    My dear friend and priest Monsignor Martin (who has gone to the Lord RIP) once told me many years ago in confession to wake up every day and say ” Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.” and then to trust the day’s unfolding to God. That has been one of the best advice ever given to me bringing with it security and peace that I am where God wants me to be at this precise moment in time.

  9. 9 Judy September 1, 2009 at 12:27

    Oh….I love that…thank you for sharing it here on Gabriella’s wonderful blog!
    You all know what I’ll be saying bright and early tomorrow morning!

  10. 10 Antonella Oliver September 1, 2009 at 13:22

    Its a pleasure Judy….you are most welcome……

  11. 11 Antonella Oliver September 9, 2009 at 11:42

    John 10 :10 (Jesus speaks)
    Abundant life in overflowing measure, I give to you. For that I came. Life for souls. The Life, Eternal Life, that pulses through your whole being, that animates your mind and body too. For this I came that man might live in Me. Life it was of which I spoke, when I said ” I am the Vine and you are the branches.” The life flow of the Vine is in the branches.
    Our lives are one – yours and Mine. All that is in My Nature must therefore pass into yours, where the contact is so close a one. If you Live in Me and with Me, then My Life accomplishes the miracle-change (John 15) and John 17 :20-21)


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