One day back in the late sixties, my friend, Lois, called to ask if I was free that evening. I am so glad I was, as she invited me, and my 9 year old daughter, Pammy, to attend a talk by Maria Von Trapp. She was appearing at nearby Triton College. Of course, I did have to explain to Pammy that we were not going to see and hear Julie Andrews and she did understand that. Sound of Music had become her favorite movie, next to Mary Poppins.
Maria was entertaining and even more remarkably inspiring. She had her audience laughing and singing. Many were students of this community college but most were fans of Baroness Maria Von Trapp, coming from all around the western suburbs of Chicago. Even back then, before it became “politically correct” not to mix religion with public events, Maria did not allow the fact she was not in a church to prevent her from giving a very inspiring faith message.
I can still see her now, dynamically and boldly proclaiming how important it is for every person to “know and to do the Will of God.” She pointed out how, when she had been planning to be a nun and was sent on a temporary, short time assignment to teach children who had lost their mother, she was guided to seek what God’s Will was.
Maria discovered God’s Will was for her to become stepmother of these seven children, and not to be a nun. It is not always easy to know the Will of God, but it is worth seeking. Once we know what He wants us to do, it is important to do it. As Maria herself said ” to know and to do the will of God”.