Chapter Seven, Part Six
The second degree of humility is, when we love not our own will, nor are we pleased to fulfill our own desires but by our deeds we carry out that saying of Christ: "I came not to do my own will but the will of the One that sent Me" (Jn 6:38). It is likewise said: "Self-will has its punishment, but constraint wins the crown."
We have no greater example of a person who loves not her own will nor takes pleasure in satisfying her own desires than that of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary’s visit to Elizabeth is a beautiful example of this quality within Mary, and Caryll Houselander describes it wonderfully in her small book, The Reed of God:
And Mary rising up in those days went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judea. Those days in which she rose on that impulse were the days in which Christ was being formed in her, the impulse was his impulse.
If Christ is growing in us, if we are at peace, recollected, because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it he is forming himself; if we go with eager will, in haste, to wherever our circumstances compel us, because we believe that he desires to be in that place, we shall find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of his love. And the answer we shall get from others to the impulses will be an awakening into life, or the leap of joy of the already wakened life within them.