Brother Isidore and the Will of God

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The will of God looms large in Blessed Isidore’s life. Accepting God’s will, doing God’s will runs as an invariant throughout all his actions. He finds God’s will in the course of events whatever they may be, in the teaching of the Church, the Rule he professes and in the commands and wishes of his superiors. He searches for that will and he wants to know it. He wants to know his catechism and he assimilates it thoroughly. He is a most attentive listener to sermons and instructions. The Passionist Rule he absorbs, it becomes enfleshed in him. Without any subservience he obeys his superiors implicitly. They are God’s representatives to him.

True, there is a shade of resignation, often, when he mentions the will of God. Of having no other choice anyway. That is how his mother used to talk: “That is the will of God and there is nothing one can do about it but accept it.” He speaks of the will of God when things go wrong; when they go right, he says: “God provides.”

There is no trace of anxiety in Isidore’s life or letters but he certainly lives in a supernatural atmosphere. Making his early morning offering at two also makes his day. It makes him overflow with joy to think that his whole day will be lived for God. His parents must be told. All through his nine years in religion he will thoroughly enjoy the monastic rhythm of prayer and work, of work and prayer, “which, as you know, is all I ever wanted.”

– The Life of Brother Isidore De Loor, C.P., by Fr. Marcellus Claeys, C.P. Melbourne 1976.

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