Faithful Fulfillment of the Will of God
Emperor Karl sought the Will of God in everything he did. For him it was the most important principle of his life and all of his actions. Eyewitnesses also tell of his love of chastity, and his absolute refusal to tolerate indecent language in his presence.
Empress Zita relates what he said to her on his deathbed: “‘To be angry? To complain? When you know God’s Will, all things are good.’ And after a while: ‘I want to say now very clearly to you, how it is with me: My entire endeavor has always been to clearly recognize the Will of God in all things and to follow it as completely as possible.’ After some time, he repeated: ‘Only let us not complain.’”
The phrase “Thy Will be done!” was a guiding tenet in the life of Blessed Karl, and one he repeated shortly before he placed his soul into the hands of his Creator. With Christ, Emperor Karl could say: “My food is to do the Will of Him who has sent Me.” He received the commission to lead his peoples as a regent of God, and as such, this noble monarch subordinated himself, and gave himself in humble service. He was prepared for heaven, and it is for this reason that the Lord could call Emperor Karl to Himself.
Others always came first for him, he, always came last. In this sense, Emperor Karl is a good example of a man devoted to Mary, who gave her “Fiat,” and said: “Let it be done unto me according to Your Word!” His pure soul mirrored the “Fiat” of the Mother of God.
Even during his final illness and a feverish delirium he thought only of fulfilling his obligations: “Now [he worried] about Viennese children for whom he was trying to get milk, then he worried about a Czech soldier in a military hospital who was parched with thirst. And he was always worried about the neglected evacuation of Transylvania before the Rumanian invasion, a subject which had been the cause of many violent battles of words between him and Count Tisza.”
Emperor Karl followed the example of his Lord and Savior, who suffered alone at the Mount of Olives, and amidst his greatest trials drank with Christ from the cup of suffering. He accepted the Will of his Father in the midst of his greatest afflictions—all of which exceeded normal standards—yet through it all, Venerable Karl could still say: “I am grateful to our loving God for all that He sends.”
My Lord and God, I thank You for the “Fiat” of Emperor Karl in all his life’s situations. Help me to recognize Your Will in my life and to follow it. Hear my petitions and grant my request [mention your intention here] through the intercession of Blessed Emperor Karl.
[Hail Mary. Our Father. Glory Be.]