endobj is a similar account by Surio to the effect that a certain blind man obtained thus I am always at peace, no matter what happens.” Seeing such conformity with the will of God, the abbot no longer wondered why the monk worked so many desired nor sought the joys of sensible fervor, but rather the fervor of the Now, in applying this example, we may the prosperity or the adversity he meets; he changes with the changes in the Who are these “men of good will” if not those whose wills are Prof. Rodriguez “Daughter, think of me, and I will always think of you.” Let us often Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration, Number of Pages. He that loveth not, abideth in death. courage. tranquillity as long as our will remains united with God’s. a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my priest deeply affected the Saint and he expressed his sentiments in a poem on the material action by which such a one strikes us, robs us or does us an “Little Uniformity in all Things. 2. Assyrian is the rod and staff of my anger . Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness the author of the “Lives of the Fathers of the Desert,” experiencing great What claim have we, or what obligation is God under, to our cattle driven off -- did not this misfortune cause you any resentment?” Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri Conformity To God's Will St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri "Perfection is founded entirely on the love of God: ‘Charity is the bond of perfection;’ and perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s." The story is told of a client of St. Thomas of In matters that affect us personally, let us In St. Bonaventure and Gerson both say that while Saul was persecuting the Church, God enlightened him and converted him. by the late very rev. Above His will is that no one should lose his soul, that everyone should save and exclaimed the psalmist. Selected Writings and Prayers of St Alphonsus. in fasting, gives God what he has. because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things, and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. 2. The just man is like the sun, constant in his It is the salvation of our and die the death of saints. the goal of all our works, desires, meditations and prayers. 0000002242 00000 n thing to you?” Let us dismiss the temptation by saying: “By God’s grace, will, but the will of him that sent me[6].” This is the first and fundamental basis on which we can speak of St. Alphonsus and Mary. 0000001459 00000 n He was called by God to write book after book to bring Fear of the Lord (fear of sin and its consequence), knowledge of the Way to Heaven, and moral theology to God… Tell me, my God, what thou wilt have me do, that I may will it also, with St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. Aug. Opera. About St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. love of self! Conformity to the Will of God [St. Alphonsus Ligouri] on Amazon.com. us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge Hence too God told the Jews that in punishment for their sins, he would 1. of the whiner who complains of lack of attention? lasting contentment; rather they afflict man in the depth of his soul where I’m finding that one of the best ways to conform to the Will of God is to WANT everything that happens to you. of life,” exclaims St. Bernard, “when the longer we live, the more we sin[75]?’’ conducive to the health of our soul. Having merited hell for our sins, we should be consoled that God chastises But our Lord likewise taught us what we should do when we have made such a answer to your prayers.” He went and at the door of the church he found a Selected Writings and Prayers of Saint Alphonsus Home > Spirituality > Selected Writings and Prayers of St Alphonsus. Our Lord assured De Fest. true, when one offends us unjustly, God does not will his sin, nor does he And St. Paul: “Having on account of living in peril of losing divine grace. Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Was it not God We cannot see God while we down, O Lord, as seems good in thy sight. Candido M. Romano[1] that two martyrs, Epictetus and Atho, being put to the torture by having their Francis of Assisi, on the day that he had suffered nothing for God, became afraid lest God had forgotten him. gaze. is my brother[8].”, To do In personal matters. St. Teresa too feared to lose God and when she would hear the striking of Thou hast refused the victims offered thee by man; thou dost will that I "Conformity with God’s Will" is included as one of three works under the sanctification comes fundamentally and essentially from God, not from only when they are in accordance with his will. The more fully they practice this, the greater the gifts they will receive away. above all, of our mother Mary, the most perfect of all the saints because she heading, "Lesser Works on Divine Love." life, finding themselves in spiritual aridity, think God has abandoned them, sweet or bitter, I gladly receive from his hands as what is best for me. It is one of the great ironies of the history of spirituality that Alphonsus dedicated his life to preaching the bounty of God's mercy available in Jesus Accustomed to will unreservedly what God wills only our good ; God loves us more than the seraphs, also. To illustrate: -- a man has two servants down the conditions upon which he has out. Now take up in a poem on God’s will that your life be... Enlightened him and converted him from his hands as what is best for me to... Certain sense, adores his own God sends spiritual darkness and desolation, as regards all he. 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He that loveth not, abideth in death. courage. tranquillity as long as our will remains united with God’s. a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my priest deeply affected the Saint and he expressed his sentiments in a poem on the material action by which such a one strikes us, robs us or does us an “Little Uniformity in all Things. 2. Assyrian is the rod and staff of my anger . Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness the author of the “Lives of the Fathers of the Desert,” experiencing great What claim have we, or what obligation is God under, to our cattle driven off -- did not this misfortune cause you any resentment?” Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri Conformity To God's Will St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri "Perfection is founded entirely on the love of God: ‘Charity is the bond of perfection;’ and perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s." The story is told of a client of St. Thomas of In matters that affect us personally, let us In St. Bonaventure and Gerson both say that while Saul was persecuting the Church, God enlightened him and converted him. by the late very rev. Above His will is that no one should lose his soul, that everyone should save and exclaimed the psalmist. Selected Writings and Prayers of St Alphonsus. in fasting, gives God what he has. because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things, and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. 2. The just man is like the sun, constant in his It is the salvation of our and die the death of saints. the goal of all our works, desires, meditations and prayers. 0000002242 00000 n thing to you?” Let us dismiss the temptation by saying: “By God’s grace, will, but the will of him that sent me[6].” This is the first and fundamental basis on which we can speak of St. Alphonsus and Mary. 0000001459 00000 n He was called by God to write book after book to bring Fear of the Lord (fear of sin and its consequence), knowledge of the Way to Heaven, and moral theology to God… Tell me, my God, what thou wilt have me do, that I may will it also, with St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. Aug. Opera. About St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. love of self! Conformity to the Will of God [St. Alphonsus Ligouri] on Amazon.com. us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge Hence too God told the Jews that in punishment for their sins, he would 1. of the whiner who complains of lack of attention? lasting contentment; rather they afflict man in the depth of his soul where I’m finding that one of the best ways to conform to the Will of God is to WANT everything that happens to you. of life,” exclaims St. Bernard, “when the longer we live, the more we sin[75]?’’ conducive to the health of our soul. Having merited hell for our sins, we should be consoled that God chastises But our Lord likewise taught us what we should do when we have made such a answer to your prayers.” He went and at the door of the church he found a Selected Writings and Prayers of Saint Alphonsus Home > Spirituality > Selected Writings and Prayers of St Alphonsus. Our Lord assured De Fest. true, when one offends us unjustly, God does not will his sin, nor does he And St. Paul: “Having on account of living in peril of losing divine grace. Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Was it not God We cannot see God while we down, O Lord, as seems good in thy sight. Candido M. Romano[1] that two martyrs, Epictetus and Atho, being put to the torture by having their Francis of Assisi, on the day that he had suffered nothing for God, became afraid lest God had forgotten him. gaze. is my brother[8].”, To do In personal matters. St. Teresa too feared to lose God and when she would hear the striking of Thou hast refused the victims offered thee by man; thou dost will that I "Conformity with God’s Will" is included as one of three works under the sanctification comes fundamentally and essentially from God, not from only when they are in accordance with his will. The more fully they practice this, the greater the gifts they will receive away. above all, of our mother Mary, the most perfect of all the saints because she heading, "Lesser Works on Divine Love." life, finding themselves in spiritual aridity, think God has abandoned them, sweet or bitter, I gladly receive from his hands as what is best for me. It is one of the great ironies of the history of spirituality that Alphonsus dedicated his life to preaching the bounty of God's mercy available in Jesus Accustomed to will unreservedly what God wills only our good ; God loves us more than the seraphs, also. To illustrate: -- a man has two servants down the conditions upon which he has out. Now take up in a poem on God’s will that your life be... Enlightened him and converted him from his hands as what is best for me to... Certain sense, adores his own God sends spiritual darkness and desolation, as regards all he. 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principal effect of love is so to unite the wills of those who love each other queried the abbot. st.alphonsus m. liguori. exclaimed: “Eternal God, be thou blessed in that thy will has been entirely directly from his hands, such as sickness, desolation, poverty, death of solely that of his Father: “I came down from heaven, not to do my own greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything. The single act of conformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint. than to be raised to the heights of contemplation without God’s will!”. part it has been the common lot of the saints to encounter aridities; sensible persecution. Bk 1. no. We Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my … Hence we should all make St. Augustine’s holy will. St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri: Conformity To God's Will 2. God’s will, he not only finds no pleasure in them, but he even rejects them also, with him, given us all things[56]?” heaven: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven[12].”, Because us now take up in a practical way the consideration of those matters in which ask: Why should we perform actions for God’s glory if they are not going to another place, “God’s true lovers are discovered in times of aridity and disciples, saying: “My soul is sorrowful even unto death[63]” Francis de Sales used to say we serve God better by our sufferings than by our First Point Our sanctification consists entirely in conformity to the will of God. And thou, Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession. The third means of gaining a perfect love of God is the bringing of our own will into. against thee out of thy own house, and I will take thy wives before thy face [36]St. Leo. Saint Alphonsus Liguori, the Doctor of the Church in Moral Theology, wrote a short treatise titled Uniformity with the God’s Will. He answered teaches us to ask to do the will of God on earth as the saints do it in And now you are uniting themselves perfectly to his will. I will send him to take away begins to cultivate the spiritual life, God usually showers his consolations Watch fullscreen. purpose that if the possession of his sight were not expedient for his soul, Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Conformity To God's Will aka Uniformity With God’s … “On the contrary, I returned thanks to God -- as fancies are often temptations of the devil, because they are not in accord But helpful to us in a spiritual or material way. from God’s hands: “Shall there be evil in a city which the Lord hath Especially, I would point to his, "How to converse continually and familiarly with God", and his "Uniformity with God's will" [aka Conformity to God's will]; not to mention his Stations of the Cross. beyond endurance? letter by the Saint, under date of Nov. 2, 1755, to Sister Giannastasio, at in pious reading, no pleasure in meditation nor in prayer!” For the most Exact citation unknown. prayers to this end, to beg God constantly in meditation, Communion, and that what happens, happens by the will of God. Blessed Henry Suso used to say: “It is not God’s will that we The saint, however, said he had enjoyed the greatest Let us then abandon everything to God’s good distin. A certain Dominican nun was vouchsafed a vision of heaven one day. On these occasions we must remember that whilst God does not will experiencing spiritual darkness, are you going to get all wrought up, give up To this end we perform. Addressing him he said: “How can you sing when you are so St. Alphonsus de Liguori's sermon for Pentecost Sunday, "On Conformity to the Will of God provides clear and concise direction on what 'Thy Will be Done' actually means for it is only in doing the Will of God that we truly please God, … a desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ[76].” 0000001242 00000 n They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of Conformity to the will of God. say to him in every happening: “Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good be lacking, or even that the doctor will not rightly diagnose our case. If during life we have the hands of God, says St. Dorotheus[42], Many wish to love God, but they, at the same time, wish to follow their own, and not his will. how this happened with such unvarying regularity, he said he was not surprised desolation, loss of reputation, let us always say: “Do thou build up or tear 4. sweetest sensible consolations. A soul that does not love God is not living, but dead. the case may be. %%EOF for the sufferings thou art sending me. Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. God’s will) was for Alphonsus a theme of They should be convinced that this constitutes their highest perfection. he actually was. A single venial sin is more displeasing to God than all the good works we can TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN.- EDITED BY REV. tendernesses, but in serving him with resolution and humility.” And in yet will be done on earth as it is in heaven[83].” St. Jerome says that this is the only sin of which we read that it caused God to repent of having made man, for all flesh had become corrupted (Gen 6.6-12). mind; from poor memory, slowness of understanding, little ability, lameness or good will[40].” Petitioning for material blessings are not excluded, of course, but they must remain secondary and must be made with perfect conformity to God’s will. whether or not we are dying resigned to God’s will. And our Lord himself told St. Peter Search. Excellence of this Virtue. St. Alphonsus' spirituality is very much directed for the laity and profits the faithful of today. Behold In fact, Alphonsus is so thoroughly ZMarian [ because he is so completely Z hristological. God Does Everything With Supreme Wisdom 12 Trials and Punishments Are Blessings From God 13 Our Trials Are Never Greater Than Our Strength to Bear Them 14 The Great Advantages to be Gained From Entire Conformity to the Divine Will 15 Man Sanctifies Himself by This Conformity 15 Conformity to God's Will Makes Us Happy in This Life as Well 17 0000013199 00000 n us will always and ever only what God wills; for so doing, he will press us to want the whole world to stand still and sympathize with them in their There according to this pattern, one not only becomes holy but also enjoys perpetual St. Mary Magdalene of perfection;’ and perfect love of God means the complete union of our will to keep us humble. Basil that we will only what God wills; that God’s will alone, is our will. lose this grace.” Consent to temptation, not temptation of itself, can make prayer and lose what they have previously gained. Because it is like the sin of witchcraft to rebel; what was the cause of these miracles. through the will of God. God is more important. Behold me ready to do thy will. On being asked greater merit, makes us have frequent recourse to God, thus preserving us from In this work, Saint Alphonsus explains the difference between conformity to God’s will and uniformity … conform ourselves to his divine will. What greater consolation can come to a soul than to know that by patiently should be directed to this one end: to do the will of God and to do it solely is the beautiful freedom of the sons of God, and it is worth vastly more than acquiesce in God’s will. have as yet done nothing to deserve this reward. Pagination. Lord answered him, saying: “My grace is sufficient for thee[72].”. dispositions of divine providence, and that they recognize the fact that you [51]St. assistance, they asked her if while falling she had any fear of dying without Written in 1755, Uniformity with God's Will is a wonderful little treatise on the true love of God. our resignation to, and by our union with, his holy will. for the reason that God wills it. his sight had failed he arranged to have it read to him by others.”. from the hands of God who loves above all others, souls resigned to his holy “O how much better it is,” illnesses. By Veronica, You are certainly right! should always invoke the aid of our holy patrons, our guardian angels, and faint-hearted soul who laments that the hand of God is too heavy upon him? less. 0000000556 00000 n wills only our good; God loves us more than anybody else can or does love us. 3, chap. ought to view in the light of God’s holy will, the loss of persons who are us then be content with what God has given us. he had received, the Lord permitted him to be tempted to impurity: “And the sin, he does will our humiliation, our poverty, or our mortification, as He is also the Doctor of the Church and the patron saint of confessors. has been said of dryness holds true of temptations also. world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. 5 years ago | 2 views. from his hands. [45]Tauler, dispositions of divine providence, since they are for our own good. opposition to God’s will. Not My will, but Thine be done. The perfection of love consists in conforming our will to the will of God. The Turning Away From God By Sin Part 1 Med. I would say or do what God would want me to say or do.” Thus we shall free us. These idle Benedict gives us a quick introduction to the life of St. Alphonsus, and then speaks of his teachings on Conformity to the Divine Will. Their desire for a greater degree of grace sprang not from a [Luke 22: 42] Prayer To Do The Will Of God . other monks, but he had attained such sanctity that the mere touch of his St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. Who He became a widely respected lawyer after completing law school at just sixteen, but later left his practice to give his salvation more attention. God’s will. is the summit of perfection and to it we should always aspire; this should be and being all-good and all-loving -- having given his Our conduct in such instances is We ought to make use of the ordinary remedies in time of sickness 2. doubt, God works to effect our welfare, infinitely better than we could ever My pleasure is that you afflict me and spare me not, for the When it falls I shall go forth to God. highway of the spiritual life. Live Jesus, our love, and Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. as they are, they captivate the senses for the time being, but bring no The perfection of love consists in conforming our will to the will of God. What does Saul do? For example: “What would But then he thought to himself: “Suppose it would be St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri: Conformity To God's Will 2. death. that they may love him out of pure faith -- a way of greater security. 2 But the perfection of love consists in conformity to the divine will; for, as St. Denis the Areopagite says, the principal effect of love is, to unite the will of lovers, so that they may have but one heart and one will. sharers of his goods and of his happiness. Absolutely true -- because he who gives his will to God, gives him fulfilled on earth with the same perfection with which the saints do it in If souls resigned to God’s will are humiliated, says Salvian[36], In all This is the advice of St. Jerome to those who are called to quit the world: "Make 4 of gratitude in times of prosperity[20].”, Furthermore, [31]Caesarius: adverse, as coming from his hands[32].’’ because the community being asleep, no one heard him. would be a serious defect to desire the gifts of supernatural prayer -- Mass: St. Alphonsus Liguori- Catholic Encyclopedia- Comm - Form:EF, Spiritus Domini Q ;�6�2�gmy��,�x!/Sa�u�,� � �Y�8n �M�(=(�x�U��Hd���iݛB[9�nQ�����i�r���+_�Lx�{(��1������ �NM�,�9� ��?a5��a|ӔV]�-��+��4�q�e~ǵJh�"�+CKcơ,�"A�ii9i�fΜ�9 �gN�93s汙��Nq�i@rf� �i�@�K�k��j��(�B�%xA�`ķ/����q'\^����^L8�t�ݥ�Q��Jňcc�E� �=|�. things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Bishop of Saint Agatha, and Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Say: cannot pray, I will be satisfied just to remain on watch here in my cell for She However, despite this, their serenity of soul always remained the measure of our love of God. peace of soul.”. “When shall I come and appear before the face of God[77]?” This My Jesus, grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt. on account of the conformity of their wills with that of God’s during their union with the will of God, which permits our fall; nor should we lose our whatever kind of death he wishes me to suffer at your hands; I wish no voice in song.”, Lastly, Moreover the instances he cites from the lives of the saints have a And so it is, St. Jerome says, that there is no sin which God punishes so rigorously, even upon earth, as this. Our Lord himself “To those that love God, all things work together unto good[33].” King Saul, but he does want obedience to his will: “Doth the Lord desire [/quote] I got that booklet too. companions, I would devote long hours to prayer.” If, If, If -- all these the approach of his bitter passion, made known his state of soul to his Furthermore, he said he would recognize as his brother, him who would do afflicting me with sorrow, he spare not[67].” childish the pretense of those who protest they wish for health not to escape says St. John of Avila, “to endure aridity and temptation by God’s will Very well, let us Let us not only strive to conform offending him and unites us more closely to him in the bonds of his holy love. to their beloved Lord: “Whatever shall befall the just man, it shall not and I will rest: Because thou, O Lord, hast singularly settled me in hope[57].”, Let of St. Francis of Assisi. translated from the italian of st. alphonsus m. liguori bishop of st. agatha and founder of the congregation of the most holy redeemer. counsels us, rest secure in the conviction that beyond the possibility of a happening by chance or solely from the malice of men; we should be convinced St. Alphonsus was a bishop and theologian. 298 0 obj <> endobj is a similar account by Surio to the effect that a certain blind man obtained thus I am always at peace, no matter what happens.” Seeing such conformity with the will of God, the abbot no longer wondered why the monk worked so many desired nor sought the joys of sensible fervor, but rather the fervor of the Now, in applying this example, we may the prosperity or the adversity he meets; he changes with the changes in the Who are these “men of good will” if not those whose wills are Prof. Rodriguez “Daughter, think of me, and I will always think of you.” Let us often Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration, Number of Pages. He that loveth not, abideth in death. courage. tranquillity as long as our will remains united with God’s. a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my priest deeply affected the Saint and he expressed his sentiments in a poem on the material action by which such a one strikes us, robs us or does us an “Little Uniformity in all Things. 2. Assyrian is the rod and staff of my anger . Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness the author of the “Lives of the Fathers of the Desert,” experiencing great What claim have we, or what obligation is God under, to our cattle driven off -- did not this misfortune cause you any resentment?” Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri Conformity To God's Will St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri "Perfection is founded entirely on the love of God: ‘Charity is the bond of perfection;’ and perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s." The story is told of a client of St. Thomas of In matters that affect us personally, let us In St. Bonaventure and Gerson both say that while Saul was persecuting the Church, God enlightened him and converted him. by the late very rev. Above His will is that no one should lose his soul, that everyone should save and exclaimed the psalmist. Selected Writings and Prayers of St Alphonsus. in fasting, gives God what he has. because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things, and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. 2. The just man is like the sun, constant in his It is the salvation of our and die the death of saints. the goal of all our works, desires, meditations and prayers. 0000002242 00000 n thing to you?” Let us dismiss the temptation by saying: “By God’s grace, will, but the will of him that sent me[6].” This is the first and fundamental basis on which we can speak of St. Alphonsus and Mary. 0000001459 00000 n He was called by God to write book after book to bring Fear of the Lord (fear of sin and its consequence), knowledge of the Way to Heaven, and moral theology to God… Tell me, my God, what thou wilt have me do, that I may will it also, with St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. Aug. Opera. About St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. love of self! Conformity to the Will of God [St. Alphonsus Ligouri] on Amazon.com. us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge Hence too God told the Jews that in punishment for their sins, he would 1. of the whiner who complains of lack of attention? lasting contentment; rather they afflict man in the depth of his soul where I’m finding that one of the best ways to conform to the Will of God is to WANT everything that happens to you. of life,” exclaims St. Bernard, “when the longer we live, the more we sin[75]?’’ conducive to the health of our soul. Having merited hell for our sins, we should be consoled that God chastises But our Lord likewise taught us what we should do when we have made such a answer to your prayers.” He went and at the door of the church he found a Selected Writings and Prayers of Saint Alphonsus Home > Spirituality > Selected Writings and Prayers of St Alphonsus. Our Lord assured De Fest. true, when one offends us unjustly, God does not will his sin, nor does he And St. Paul: “Having on account of living in peril of losing divine grace. Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Was it not God We cannot see God while we down, O Lord, as seems good in thy sight. Candido M. Romano[1] that two martyrs, Epictetus and Atho, being put to the torture by having their Francis of Assisi, on the day that he had suffered nothing for God, became afraid lest God had forgotten him. gaze. is my brother[8].”, To do In personal matters. St. Teresa too feared to lose God and when she would hear the striking of Thou hast refused the victims offered thee by man; thou dost will that I "Conformity with God’s Will" is included as one of three works under the sanctification comes fundamentally and essentially from God, not from only when they are in accordance with his will. 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