How to Strengthen the Will

Fr. Mark-Mary shows us how to strengthen our decision-making muscle, the will.

This video is a continuation of the series “If nothing changes, nothing changes”, which aims to help you grow in holiness this Lent and beyond.

Father Mark-Mary points out that sometimes when we simply don’t have the will to do something, the fact is we’re tired, worn out, and drained. Usually what’s going on with the body is also happening with the soul. So he has three simple questions:

  1. How is your diet? What are you eating?
  2. Are you exercising?
  3. Are you well-rested?

Sometimes we forget how human we are, and how our spiritual well-being is inevitably linked to our physical well-being. This is why God gives us the Sabbath, a day of rest.

In addition, Fr. Mark-Mary suggests focusing on improving in three specific areas that will help you grow in holiness. The three P’s, as he calls them, are:

  1. Perseverance: Commit to doing or not doing something and stick to it to the end
  2. Patience: Think of an area of your life that frustrates you, like traffic, and choose to be patient instead.
  3. Prayer: Set aside time to prayer for more perseverance and patience.

In the words of St. Paul:

“May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

1 Thessalonians 5:23