While my brothers, sister and I were growing up, we became used to phrases and sayings that were popular with our parents.

One of my favorites was when Mother would hear someone bragging about an accomplishment. "Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back," was her sobering piece of advice.

Quite a few of Dad's popular sayings were uttered at the kitchen table. When one of us kids took more food than he or she could eat (which was a rare occurrence), Dad would say, "Your eyes were bigger than your stomach."

When company stopped by for Mother's delicious cooking, Dad would encourage guests and us to take seconds. "That's what it's there for."

One phrase that comes to mind frequently is Dad's habit of talking about what was planned or expected to happen and adding, "God willing."

More than one saint has observed that the will of God is not something that we have to go in search of. What happens in our everyday lives is God's will. It is up to us to align our will with that of God's.

This is not always easy to do, but we do not have to do this purely on our own. We have the promise of God's infinite love to help us.

After all, that's what it's there for.


Unless God's will becomes ours, we will never be truly happy.