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May It Be Done to Me…

June 12th, 2012by Bill Tonnis


On May 31, the Church celebrated the Feast of the Visitation. Here’s a reflection on the day:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1:46-47

As I work here at Our Lady of the Visitation today…Mary’s statement resounds within me. When I am in the flow of the will of God…my inner most being exults. No matter what struggles are in my life…there seems to be an inner calm…a certain “yes” that pervades my interior. There are really no words to describe it accurately. It is at the level of mystery.

When I am operating in the will of God I am saying yes to this great Mystery…while saying no to my egocentric desires. And in the process I am becoming more fully me. It is being done to me more than me doing anything!

I wish I could say this is the case all the time but it is far from it! I must continually return to the need to “let go.” May we all surrender to God’s desires for us and say, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

Bill Tonnis

Bill Tonnis is the Director of Youth & Outreach Ministries at Our Lady of the Visitation Parish. He is single and a parishioner at St. Monica St. George Parish in Clifton.