Your Will Be Done

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St. Dominic Savio once met a new boy who joined his school. This new boy seemed to be sickly — he was weak, pale, coughing, and not able to join in the games. Dominic went up to him and tried to engage him in conversation. The boy told him about his illness, and Dominic asked, “Do you want to get better?” The boy responded, “I only want to do the Lord’s will.” From that moment on, Dominic became fast friends with the boy.

Many of us have been praying for an end to the virus, healing for our friends, or other physical blessings. And this is good! God wants us to ask Him for physical things.

But a more mature prayer is, “Lord, Your will be done.” We should also be praying, “Lord, sanctify me through this time.” These are the attitudes and dispositions of one who has a holy detachment from the things of this world. Neither life nor death, neither health nor sickness, neither prosperity nor adversity — but may God’s will be done, that I may be sanctified in every circumstance!


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Fr. Joseph Gill

Fr. Joseph Gill

Fr. Joseph Gill grew up in a musical family in Frederick, MD, the oldest of five children. His father taught him piano from a young age, and his mother often sang in the church choir. He began writing songs very young, honing his skill further when he received his first guitar. After his conversion, he dedicated his life and his songwriting to the Lord []. Fr. Gill was ordained a Catholic priest in May 2013. He is currently serving at the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford, Connecticut. He shares his homilies at

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