What is meant by "living between the two wills” of God?


Those of us who are devoted to God need to discern how to recognize God’s will. The divine will may be understood in two ways, according to St. Francis de Sales:

1) God’s declared will, namely, the Commandments of God and the Church, the evangelical counsels and inspirations

2) The will of God’s good pleasure, which we see in all the events and circumstances that may befall us.

Salesian Spirituality calls us to live between what we perceive to be the two wills of God.

St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, founders of the Visitation Order

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