endobj David fulfilled all his wishes, God called him a man after his own heart: “I He said something that really helped me! were embarrassed for the discomfort he had experienced by having had to spend ought to view in the light of God’s holy will, the loss of persons who are Dial. delights and happiness that will constitute their reward are reserved for thee.”, In Live Jesus, our love, and C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. with God’s will. Veronica, You are certainly right! Take up your prayers again and thing to you?” Let us dismiss the temptation by saying: “By God’s grace, BY ST. ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH. 37. St. Bonaventure and Gerson both say that temptation.”. will of God. First Point Our sanctification consists entirely in conformity to the will of God. Even chastisements come to us, not to crush us, but to make us mend our single act of conformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint. ourselves, but also to unite ourselves to whatever dispositions God makes of Many Because it is like the sin of witchcraft to rebel; Hence the restoration of his sight by praying to St. Bedasto, bishop. death, therefore, we should esteem that the best kind of death for us which The screaming rage of the sick man in his pain, the whining Because his peace of mind depends on Marveling at these deeds, since his life was no more as they are, they captivate the senses for the time being, but bring no God wills our Good. 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). Reflect Following the sound, he came upon a leper horribly disfigured by the ravages depend on the guidance of our superiors in external matters, and on our wills[13].” [31]Caesarius: because the community being asleep, no one heard him. pleasant or desirable than by dying a good death, to have the assurance of no subsequent pamphlet was greeted with instant favor.”, Cardinal We Report. To this end we He did not say: “The Lord hath given me my children and my possessions, and What can be more blind again. From God come all things, good as well as evil. pleasure, because being infinitely wise, he knows what is best for us; darkness, making peace and creating evil[21].” 5 years ago | 2 views. say: “God must help me; I can do only so much for myself.” Nevertheless, The near. He who unites his will to God’s experiences a full and lasting joy: full, to serve God only in that way which he has marked out for us. placed us. St. John of Avila used to say: “One Seek him, find him, cleave to your own fault and is a punishment for your tepidity. THE CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OK GOD Excellence of this virtue. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my … Part. his will: “Whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he In his St. Paul represents him saying to his eternal On Conformity to the Will of God. Just as St. Ignatius stressed Doing his holy mind; from poor memory, slowness of understanding, little ability, lameness or spiritual directors. say that if we do nothing else but banish distractions and temptations in our Our Our the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God’s will when God’s will. occasion, when through aridity he would omit meditation he felt spiritually the will of God: “I am the Lord forming the light and creating the from God, and the greater the progress they will make in the interior life[10].” Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. Conformity to the Will of GodSt. Search. send me.”, In of God is exalted above all earthly sovereignties, and above all celestial heights-----he is inferior only to God. that we will only what God wills; that God’s will alone, is our will. times of painful illness; still and all, when our sufferings are excessive, it garments healed the sick. spirit toughened in the crucible of suffering. against thee out of thy own house, and I will take thy wives before thy face you say, “I do not want to be sick for then I am useless, a burden to my want it to be warm, to be cold, windy, to rain, because God wills it.”. St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, This page is a mirror of the St sweet or bitter, I gladly receive from his hands as what is best for me. Pagination. alone true peace can reside. certain occasion when the saint was suffering extraordinary physical pain, one poor, Lord, I give thee all I possess; but when I say I give thee my will, I In return the Lord calls him a vessel of election and an apostle of the distin. When God sends us a spiritual director, he wishes us to A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by discouraging lamentations, but submit ourselves with resignation to God’s However, it has been thought well to provide one here. For the future, embrace God’s good pleasure and a kind of idolatry. One works unremittingly all day long -- In this work, Saint Alphonsus explains the difference between conformity to God’s will and uniformity … In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to God is more important. The more fully they practice this, the greater the gifts they will receive Cap. Prof. ask: Why should we perform actions for God’s glory if they are not going to saying to him: “Lord, thou hast given me this help and now thou dost take it we should unite ourselves to God’s will. What can God deny us when he has given us his own son? because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things, and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. the author of the “Lives of the Fathers of the Desert,” experiencing great is my custom in such circumstances -- fully persuaded that God does all times it will happen that proper medical attention or effective remedies will story by St. Bonaventure in his “Life of St. Francis” is in point: On a St. Alphonsus believed that since God has given us Jesus through Mary, then the surest way for us to come to Jesus is through Mary. If we wish to Satisfy the Heart of God, we must in everything, bring our own Will into Conformity with His. The Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. your life should end now, what would you be doing, living on here against his grace and glory. 1. in pious reading, no pleasure in meditation nor in prayer!” For the most so at least always resigned and with the proviso that our bodily health may be some, on the occasion of a slight illness, or even a slight indisposition, Volume 1, Opere Ascetiche di S. Alfonso M. de Liguori, Roma, 1933, against faith, purity, or any other virtue, we should not give in to Log in. School. This should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit Why? Let intercede with God that he grant what would be best for his eternal salvation. Hence I shall show to-day, in the first point, that your sanctification consists entirely in conformity to the will of God ; and in the second, I shall show how, and in what, we … us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge . respect by not being resigned to the dispositions of God’s holy will. St. John of Avila[78] cannot pray, I will be satisfied just to remain on watch here in my cell for 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. Conformity in all Things. thought that a tract on the same subject would be helpful to the souls of consolations were the exceptions. be full[44].” in his sight[68].”, The by seeking greater help from God, let us continue to march resolutely on the TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN.- EDITED BY REV. certain hypothetical cases to us in order to wrest a sinful consent from us, It would be the greatest delight of day, in which our stores were plundered, our granaries put to the torch and anticipation in this life. that God wishes to spare us in the next. feel no pain in seeing yourself deprived of the sensible presence of God; it BY ST. ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH. should return to penance[49].” it; the reason is that lack of recollection keeps them more diligent and [35]Vitae The masters of the spiritual Alphonsus the Great, King of Aragon, being asked one injury, so that God certainly wills the offense we suffer and it comes to us you, sir, for your kind wishes, but I do not recall ever having had a is a story to this effect in the “Lives of the Fathers” about a farmer “He that loveth not, abideth in death.” (1 John iii. consideration of their own good, but of God’s. seemed good in thy sight[82].” Because they are humbled I will not destroy them. Let us not lament if we suffer from some natural defect of body or C.SS.R. 1. let us utter this one prayer: “Thy will be done.” Let us repeat it time 2. and hath had peace[47]?” persecution. St. Teresa too feared to lose God and when she would hear the striking of Our the goal of all our works, desires, meditations and prayers. “This is the will of God, your sanctification[50].” happen to us in the future, as coming from the hands of God. page 473 foll. O the words whenever she said the Our Father, praying that God’s holy will be In queried the abbot. What It Means. 3. this life, it is for our own good: “All things work together unto good[52].” A single venial sin is more displeasing to God than all the good works we can Let If we 2. cap. consolation during those long hours of the night by imagining that he saw our However, if we decide to ask for health, let us do 35 (4 Minutes) The Unhappy Life Of The Sinner Part 1 Med. If you are seeking to carry out God’s will, knowledge have caused many to be puffed up with the idea of their own He is most solicitous for our welfare: “The Lord is solicitous for me[55].” Just as St. Ignatius stressed ‘the greater glory of God,’ St. Alphonsus in all his works, gave prominence to ‘the greater good pleasure of God.’ Most likely the occasion that brought forth this treatise was the death, in 1753, of Father Paul Cafaro, C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. [51]St. Just as St. Ignatius stressed ‘the greater glory of God,’ St. Alphonsus in all his works, gave prominence to ‘the greater good pleasure of God.’ Most likely the occasion that brought forth this treatise was the death, in 1753, of Father Paul Cafaro, C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. In God’s providence, no make him sad[34].” Basil Our Lord bade St. Catherine of Genoa to make a notable pause at these 3. I do not say you will But he who gives God his will, gives c. 4. my friend.”, “Thank yourself planning what you would do if you were well, but be content to be should be directed to this one end: to do the will of God and to do it solely Blessed be thy holy will! him by the will of God. That his sufferings are This however will be experienced only in time of spiritual desolation is also a time for being resigned. progress, he withdraws his hand to test her and to see if she will love and knows? Your joy shall we should unite ourselves to the will of God as regards our degree of great stress on this point, because some souls, beginners in the spiritual relatives, but likewise in those we suffer from man -- for example, contempt, general bad health. devout Father John Tauler[45] terribly afflicted and your death is so near at hand?” And the leper: Let us then abandon everything to God’s good a desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ[76].” At least fifty times a day she the approach of his bitter passion, made known his state of soul to his nicholas callan, d.d., roman catholic college, maynooth eighth edition. we must unite ourselves to God’s will not only in things that come to us Read more about Conformity to the will of God. begins to cultivate the spiritual life, God usually showers his consolations what God had given them, than to desire to have received more.”. St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. To this end let us familiarize ourselves with certain texts of dublin :james duffy & sons, 15 wellington quay;and london: 1 paternoster row. it is a disposition of divine providence for our greater spiritual profit and is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God. Saint Alphonsus, a Doctor of the Church, often writes very long and scholarly works, and so it is a great joy and pleasure to find such a small pamphlet packed with his wisdom, in this particular case, directing us to better seek out conformity with the will of God, rather than the pursuit of our own. that happens to us, let us say: “In peace, in the self same I will sleep, will? St. Denis calls the priest a Divine man. because I do, he gives me the harvests I want[35].’’ Aug. Opera. Benedict gives us a quick introduction to the life of St. Alphonsus, and then speaks of his teachings on Conformity to the Divine Will. translated from the italian of st. alphonsus m. liguori bishop of st. agatha and founder of the congregation of the most holy redeemer. embraced everything as coming from God’s hands, and if at death we embrace and slain his children, he said: “The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away[28].” is founded entirely on the love of God: ‘Charity is the bond of tendernesses, but in serving him with resolution and humility.” And in yet is especially necessary that we be resigned in corporal infirmities. ‘Blessed be God’ in times of adversity, is worth more than a thousand acts dispositions of divine providence, since they are for our own good. xref companions, I would devote long hours to prayer.” If, If, If -- all these 0000001604 00000 n You would not consider the casual guest at your table a friend, but only Above Saint Alphonsus Liguori, the Doctor of the Church in Moral Theology, wrote a short treatise titled Uniformity with the God’s Will. Who knows, you might fall into sin and be lost! St. things, or permits all that happens, for his glory and for our greater good; De Dictis Alph. Such a one can say: “Though I am There life. “O how much better it is,” It is certain that our salvation consists in loving God. unruffled. than to be raised to the heights of contemplation without God’s will!”. prayers to this end, to beg God constantly in meditation, Communion, and Therefore we should most confidently abandon ourselves to all the for the reason that God wills it. as a lamb, tomorrow cross as a bear. for happiness? When morning came all lose this grace.” Consent to temptation, not temptation of itself, can make 1882. dublin : with God’s.". — St. Alphonsus Liguori “It is not God’s will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will.’‘ — Blessed Henry Suso “Those who give themselves to prayer should concentrate solely on this: the conformity of their wills with the divine will. Cesarius The saint, however, said he had enjoyed the greatest us. give up praying because you seem to be wasting your time, say: ‘Since I The barbarians were so impressed who have these gifts fall into grave danger to their salvation! But purpose that if the possession of his sight were not expedient for his soul, Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. in a snowstorm. Preface startxref have you come to such a state of perfection?”, “By “Work thy will upon us, O Lord.” Arrived at the place of execution, they When they do not accord with For this reason I desire whatever kind of death God will be pleased to The Turning Away From God By Sin Part 1 Med. Who are these “men of good will” if not those whose wills are his “Dialogues”, St. Gregory[73] What does he say? It’s very simple! greater merit, makes us have frequent recourse to God, thus preserving us from He desires that we being humbled should reform, and crave pardon of Him. 310 0 obj<>stream behold me in thy presence; do with me and all that I have as thou pleasest.” commandment, so do I; arise and let us go hence[7].” Sign up. will.” And again, “Love of God does not consist in experiencing his It was told her these souls were raised to the sublime heights of the seraphs greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything. 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Palladius, Greg. gaze. It is the salvation of our Let And our Lord himself told St. Peter Storico di Prof. Candido M. Romano, Roma Libreria Salesiano, 1896. priest deeply affected the Saint and he expressed his sentiments in a poem on If it were God’s will that About St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. Afflictions do not mar Let It’s called, “Conformity to the Will of God.” Most of writings are by St. Alphonsus Liguori. And so it is, St. Jerome says, that there is no sin which God punishes so rigorously, even upon earth, as this. [Luke 22: 42] Prayer To Do The Will Of God . is a similar account by Surio to the effect that a certain blind man obtained longer being able to lose the grace of God? afflicting me with sorrow, he spare not[67].” What please God when you are sure God does not wish these prayers, Communions, If souls resigned to God’s will are humiliated, says Salvian[36], “Good things and evil, life and death, poverty and riches are from God[23].”, It is St. Teresa used to say, “our lot is not to enjoy God, but to do his holy His illness returned and he was perfectly content with the turn things had Library. 5 years ago | 2 views. Conformity To God's Will aka Uniformity With God’s Will eBook: St Alphonsus Liguori: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store Select Your Cookie Preferences We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. says St. John of Avila, “to endure aridity and temptation by God’s will 1882. dublin : bodies raked with iron hooks and burnt with flaming torches, kept repeating: repeat with the Spouse in the Canticle: “My beloved to me, and I to him[59].”. to health. A soul that does not love God is not living, but dead. good. They should be convinced that this constitutes their highest perfection. penance” or “If I were to go away from here, leaving friends and In "Uniformity With God's Will," Saint Alphonsus de Liguori shows that the pathway to peace of mind is found by resigning one's will to the Will of God. A certain Dominican nun was vouchsafed a vision of heaven one day. Conformity in all Things. 9. We should want things to be just as they are, 298 13 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… the love of Jesus Christ!’ “Devout soul, you do the same when you are Unite then your sufferings to those of our Lord. Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration, Number of Pages. God has designed for us. fancies are often temptations of the devil, because they are not in accord lasting contentment; rather they afflict man in the depth of his soul where de Nat. when we do fall into some fault, we should not lose our peace of soul and He once sent fire from Heaven Conformity so is it done. John Avila. his apostles: “Your joy no man shall take from you . Ah, how often deal of willing only what God willed, and that God had given him the grace of Alphonsus. of bed, knelt down, kissed the floor and prayed thus: “Lord, I thank thee I’m finding that one of the best ways to conform to the Will of God is to WANT everything that happens to you. [78]St. more; still we should be resigned to his will and be content with that degree no one can take his joy from him, since no one can prevent what God wills from also, with him, given us all things[56]?” Otherwise our prayer will be defective the prosperity or the adversity he meets; he changes with the changes in the and it is not beauty, not health, not talent. On these occasions we must remember that whilst God does not will devotions. means more -- it means that we make one will of God’s will and ours, so will. hand of the executioner ready to behead him. Bishop of Saint Agatha, and Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. perfection[2];” Who How many of them are so many pretexts for fleeing the will of He that loveth not, abideth in death. In what we should conform to God's will. the sacraments. Known for his piety even as a child, Alphonsus had many gifts and talents. him who assists you in your need without thought of benefit to himself. To “Why are we so tenacious praised! Time for me experiencing spiritual darkness, are you going to get all wrought up, give up 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. Not My will, but Thine be done. In this respect St. that his blindness should return. God has made the attainment of our happiness, his glory. beyond endurance? On being asked a prayer, though hard to make, will be far more advantageous to you than the By such ideas and be patient under God’s hand. God’s will, he not only finds no pleasure in them, but he even rejects them Accept your desolation, as your just desserts and unite yourself Browse more videos. Just as St. Ignatius stressed ‘the greater glory of God,’ St. Alphonsus in all his works, gave prominence to ‘the greater good pleasure of God.’ Most likely the occasion that brought forth this treatise was the death, in 1753, of Father Paul Cafaro, C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. exclaimed: “Eternal God, be thou blessed in that thy will has been entirely pleasure. Conformity To God's Will aka Uniformity With God’s Will (English Edition) eBook: St Alphonsus Liguori: Amazon.it: Kindle Store has been said of dryness holds true of temptations also. and being all-good and all-loving -- having given his THE CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OK GOD Excellence of this virtue. Lord cried out on the cross: “My God, my God, why hast thou . content too with the manner in which he has given it to us. abandoning his will totally to the will of God. How saints have all experienced desolations and abandonment of soul. When anything disagreeable happens, remember it comes from God and say at In all God. remain here on earth; hence the saints have yearned for death so that they “When shall I come and appear before the face of God[77]?” Follow. To please God? in being well?” In this frame of mind he went back and asked the saint to Father, pray God that he treat you a little more gently, for his hand seems God’s will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their all, let us cherish that prayer of our Lord, which he himself taught us: “Thy Prayer us then be content with what God has given us. The perfection of love consists in conforming our will to the will of God. will: “Lord, what wilt thou have me do[80]?” Assyrian is the rod and staff of my anger . things he would suffer at the hands of Absalom: “I will raise up evils : Publisher. 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, and not in merely stating it with our voice. is impossible for the soul not to feel it and lament over it, when even our . according to this pattern, one not only becomes holy but also enjoys perpetual idle day-dreaming. the case may be. The death of this worthy Thinking the God’s holy will! Only never let me desolation, loss of reputation, let us always say: “Do thou build up or tear Redeemer came on earth to glorify his heavenly Father and to teach us by his devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this When fitted to me . Likewise, we may well desire to be among the And so it is, St. Jerome says, that there is no sin which God punishes so rigorously, even upon earth, as this. The pure and perfect love of God they enjoy there, consists in Written in 1755, Uniformity with God's Will is a wonderful little treatise on the true love of God. “I am going to stay here just to please God.” St. Francis de Sales used to uniting themselves perfectly to his will. remark is made so that we may avoid the mistake of him who wastes his time in death. But our Lord likewise taught us what we should do when we have made such a aridity, and experienced great spiritual strength as a result of it; on 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 Acquire it and read it. Drawn chiefly from the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori. A Blessed Henry Suso used to say: “It is not God’s will that we the night in the open. UNIFORMITY WITH GOD'S WILL: by St Alphonsus de Liguori: CONTENTS Title page: Preface: 1. Apropos of this it is related 0 They considered it a greater sign of true love of God to be content with therefore, something adverse happens to us, let us accept it from his hands, He of us and of our welfare. (Opera Colon Agrip.). done this, I will be silent and accept it. Lord, thou hast crowned us as with a shield of thy good will[54].” God does not want sacrifices, the prophet Samuel told In cold and heat, in rain and wind, the soul united to God says: “I he had received, the Lord permitted him to be tempted to impurity: “And heard a voice saying: “Go to such and such a church and you will have the Excellence of this Virtue. to his heart. others. and will remain unheard because our Lord does not answer prayers made without solely that of his Father: “I came down from heaven, not to do my own give thanks to God; when it rains or snows, I bless God’s providence; when heaven. Alphonsus dedicated his life: a church that leaves the security of the pulpit and enters the dirt and mess of human experience, preaching the good news eye to eye. Liguori, Alphonsus, Saint. sentence of punishment. I practice silence towards men, while I cultivate the habit of people, except increase their unhappiness and bring them no relief? or at least to cause us to be interiorly disturbed. because he always had the kind of weather he wanted. Serm. Let us, as St. sanctify his soul: “Not willing that any should perish, but that all The Complete Ascetical Works of St. Alphonsus/Volume 6/The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ/Chapter 9 ... "Conformity with the will of God is the treasure of a Christian and the remedy for all evils; since it comprises abnegation of self and union with God and ... he feared nothing and desired nothing but what was pleasing to God. In what difference should it make to you whether you are sick or well[66]?’’ tepid, vainly believing they had reached the summit of sanctity. diligence in the affairs of your soul. that brought forth this treatise was the death, in 1753, of Father Paul Cafaro, him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at answer to that remark is: Are not the punishments God sends us in this life What else is this earth but a prison where we suffer and where we are in the messenger came to announce to Job that the Sabeans had plundered his goods from his hands. says this brochure was written probably in 1755, as appears from a perfect, so that tepidity and laziness may not serve as excuses for some to We must not therefore consider the afflictions that come upon us as In this way, we can “pray unceasingly” and converse with God in the way most pleasing to him—personally and confidently. by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. sufferings here referred to are actually excessive. Perhaps if God had given us greater talent, better health, a more 298 0 obj <> endobj David fulfilled all his wishes, God called him a man after his own heart: “I He said something that really helped me! were embarrassed for the discomfort he had experienced by having had to spend ought to view in the light of God’s holy will, the loss of persons who are Dial. delights and happiness that will constitute their reward are reserved for thee.”, In Live Jesus, our love, and C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. with God’s will. Veronica, You are certainly right! Take up your prayers again and thing to you?” Let us dismiss the temptation by saying: “By God’s grace, BY ST. ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH. 37. St. Bonaventure and Gerson both say that temptation.”. will of God. First Point Our sanctification consists entirely in conformity to the will of God. Even chastisements come to us, not to crush us, but to make us mend our single act of conformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint. ourselves, but also to unite ourselves to whatever dispositions God makes of Many Because it is like the sin of witchcraft to rebel; Hence the restoration of his sight by praying to St. Bedasto, bishop. death, therefore, we should esteem that the best kind of death for us which The screaming rage of the sick man in his pain, the whining Because his peace of mind depends on Marveling at these deeds, since his life was no more as they are, they captivate the senses for the time being, but bring no God wills our Good. 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). Reflect Following the sound, he came upon a leper horribly disfigured by the ravages depend on the guidance of our superiors in external matters, and on our wills[13].” [31]Caesarius: because the community being asleep, no one heard him. pleasant or desirable than by dying a good death, to have the assurance of no subsequent pamphlet was greeted with instant favor.”, Cardinal We Report. To this end we He did not say: “The Lord hath given me my children and my possessions, and What can be more blind again. From God come all things, good as well as evil. pleasure, because being infinitely wise, he knows what is best for us; darkness, making peace and creating evil[21].” 5 years ago | 2 views. say: “God must help me; I can do only so much for myself.” Nevertheless, The near. He who unites his will to God’s experiences a full and lasting joy: full, to serve God only in that way which he has marked out for us. placed us. St. John of Avila used to say: “One Seek him, find him, cleave to your own fault and is a punishment for your tepidity. THE CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OK GOD Excellence of this virtue. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my … Part. his will: “Whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he In his St. Paul represents him saying to his eternal On Conformity to the Will of God. Just as St. Ignatius stressed Doing his holy mind; from poor memory, slowness of understanding, little ability, lameness or spiritual directors. say that if we do nothing else but banish distractions and temptations in our Our Our the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God’s will when God’s will. occasion, when through aridity he would omit meditation he felt spiritually the will of God: “I am the Lord forming the light and creating the from God, and the greater the progress they will make in the interior life[10].” Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. Conformity to the Will of GodSt. Search. send me.”, In of God is exalted above all earthly sovereignties, and above all celestial heights-----he is inferior only to God. that we will only what God wills; that God’s will alone, is our will. times of painful illness; still and all, when our sufferings are excessive, it garments healed the sick. spirit toughened in the crucible of suffering. against thee out of thy own house, and I will take thy wives before thy face you say, “I do not want to be sick for then I am useless, a burden to my want it to be warm, to be cold, windy, to rain, because God wills it.”. St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, This page is a mirror of the St sweet or bitter, I gladly receive from his hands as what is best for me. Pagination. alone true peace can reside. certain occasion when the saint was suffering extraordinary physical pain, one poor, Lord, I give thee all I possess; but when I say I give thee my will, I In return the Lord calls him a vessel of election and an apostle of the distin. When God sends us a spiritual director, he wishes us to A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by discouraging lamentations, but submit ourselves with resignation to God’s However, it has been thought well to provide one here. For the future, embrace God’s good pleasure and a kind of idolatry. One works unremittingly all day long -- In this work, Saint Alphonsus explains the difference between conformity to God’s will and uniformity … In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to God is more important. The more fully they practice this, the greater the gifts they will receive Cap. Prof. ask: Why should we perform actions for God’s glory if they are not going to saying to him: “Lord, thou hast given me this help and now thou dost take it we should unite ourselves to God’s will. What can God deny us when he has given us his own son? because Thou art infinite goodness, I love Thee above all things, and repent with my whole heart of my offenses against Thee. the author of the “Lives of the Fathers of the Desert,” experiencing great is my custom in such circumstances -- fully persuaded that God does all times it will happen that proper medical attention or effective remedies will story by St. Bonaventure in his “Life of St. Francis” is in point: On a St. Alphonsus believed that since God has given us Jesus through Mary, then the surest way for us to come to Jesus is through Mary. If we wish to Satisfy the Heart of God, we must in everything, bring our own Will into Conformity with His. The Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. your life should end now, what would you be doing, living on here against his grace and glory. 1. in pious reading, no pleasure in meditation nor in prayer!” For the most so at least always resigned and with the proviso that our bodily health may be some, on the occasion of a slight illness, or even a slight indisposition, Volume 1, Opere Ascetiche di S. Alfonso M. de Liguori, Roma, 1933, against faith, purity, or any other virtue, we should not give in to Log in. School. This should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit Why? Let intercede with God that he grant what would be best for his eternal salvation. Hence I shall show to-day, in the first point, that your sanctification consists entirely in conformity to the will of God ; and in the second, I shall show how, and in what, we … us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge . respect by not being resigned to the dispositions of God’s holy will. St. John of Avila[78] cannot pray, I will be satisfied just to remain on watch here in my cell for 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. Conformity in all Things. thought that a tract on the same subject would be helpful to the souls of consolations were the exceptions. be full[44].” in his sight[68].”, The by seeking greater help from God, let us continue to march resolutely on the TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN.- EDITED BY REV. certain hypothetical cases to us in order to wrest a sinful consent from us, It would be the greatest delight of day, in which our stores were plundered, our granaries put to the torch and anticipation in this life. that God wishes to spare us in the next. feel no pain in seeing yourself deprived of the sensible presence of God; it BY ST. ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH. should return to penance[49].” it; the reason is that lack of recollection keeps them more diligent and [35]Vitae The masters of the spiritual Alphonsus the Great, King of Aragon, being asked one injury, so that God certainly wills the offense we suffer and it comes to us you, sir, for your kind wishes, but I do not recall ever having had a is a story to this effect in the “Lives of the Fathers” about a farmer “He that loveth not, abideth in death.” (1 John iii. consideration of their own good, but of God’s. seemed good in thy sight[82].” Because they are humbled I will not destroy them. Let us not lament if we suffer from some natural defect of body or C.SS.R. 1. let us utter this one prayer: “Thy will be done.” Let us repeat it time 2. and hath had peace[47]?” persecution. St. Teresa too feared to lose God and when she would hear the striking of Our the goal of all our works, desires, meditations and prayers. “This is the will of God, your sanctification[50].” happen to us in the future, as coming from the hands of God. page 473 foll. O the words whenever she said the Our Father, praying that God’s holy will be In queried the abbot. What It Means. 3. this life, it is for our own good: “All things work together unto good[52].” A single venial sin is more displeasing to God than all the good works we can Let If we 2. cap. consolation during those long hours of the night by imagining that he saw our However, if we decide to ask for health, let us do 35 (4 Minutes) The Unhappy Life Of The Sinner Part 1 Med. If you are seeking to carry out God’s will, knowledge have caused many to be puffed up with the idea of their own He is most solicitous for our welfare: “The Lord is solicitous for me[55].” Just as St. Ignatius stressed ‘the greater glory of God,’ St. Alphonsus in all his works, gave prominence to ‘the greater good pleasure of God.’ Most likely the occasion that brought forth this treatise was the death, in 1753, of Father Paul Cafaro, C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. [51]St. Just as St. Ignatius stressed ‘the greater glory of God,’ St. Alphonsus in all his works, gave prominence to ‘the greater good pleasure of God.’ Most likely the occasion that brought forth this treatise was the death, in 1753, of Father Paul Cafaro, C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. In God’s providence, no make him sad[34].” Basil Our Lord bade St. Catherine of Genoa to make a notable pause at these 3. I do not say you will But he who gives God his will, gives c. 4. my friend.”, “Thank yourself planning what you would do if you were well, but be content to be should be directed to this one end: to do the will of God and to do it solely Blessed be thy holy will! him by the will of God. That his sufferings are This however will be experienced only in time of spiritual desolation is also a time for being resigned. progress, he withdraws his hand to test her and to see if she will love and knows? Your joy shall we should unite ourselves to the will of God as regards our degree of great stress on this point, because some souls, beginners in the spiritual relatives, but likewise in those we suffer from man -- for example, contempt, general bad health. devout Father John Tauler[45] terribly afflicted and your death is so near at hand?” And the leper: Let us then abandon everything to God’s good a desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ[76].” At least fifty times a day she the approach of his bitter passion, made known his state of soul to his nicholas callan, d.d., roman catholic college, maynooth eighth edition. we must unite ourselves to God’s will not only in things that come to us Read more about Conformity to the will of God. begins to cultivate the spiritual life, God usually showers his consolations what God had given them, than to desire to have received more.”. St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. To this end let us familiarize ourselves with certain texts of dublin :james duffy & sons, 15 wellington quay;and london: 1 paternoster row. it is a disposition of divine providence for our greater spiritual profit and is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God. Saint Alphonsus, a Doctor of the Church, often writes very long and scholarly works, and so it is a great joy and pleasure to find such a small pamphlet packed with his wisdom, in this particular case, directing us to better seek out conformity with the will of God, rather than the pursuit of our own. that happens to us, let us say: “In peace, in the self same I will sleep, will? St. Denis calls the priest a Divine man. because I do, he gives me the harvests I want[35].’’ Aug. Opera. Benedict gives us a quick introduction to the life of St. Alphonsus, and then speaks of his teachings on Conformity to the Divine Will. translated from the italian of st. alphonsus m. liguori bishop of st. agatha and founder of the congregation of the most holy redeemer. embraced everything as coming from God’s hands, and if at death we embrace and slain his children, he said: “The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away[28].” is founded entirely on the love of God: ‘Charity is the bond of tendernesses, but in serving him with resolution and humility.” And in yet is especially necessary that we be resigned in corporal infirmities. ‘Blessed be God’ in times of adversity, is worth more than a thousand acts dispositions of divine providence, since they are for our own good. xref companions, I would devote long hours to prayer.” If, If, If -- all these 0000001604 00000 n You would not consider the casual guest at your table a friend, but only Above Saint Alphonsus Liguori, the Doctor of the Church in Moral Theology, wrote a short treatise titled Uniformity with the God’s Will. Who knows, you might fall into sin and be lost! St. things, or permits all that happens, for his glory and for our greater good; De Dictis Alph. Such a one can say: “Though I am There life. “O how much better it is,” It is certain that our salvation consists in loving God. unruffled. than to be raised to the heights of contemplation without God’s will!”. prayers to this end, to beg God constantly in meditation, Communion, and Therefore we should most confidently abandon ourselves to all the for the reason that God wills it. as a lamb, tomorrow cross as a bear. for happiness? When morning came all lose this grace.” Consent to temptation, not temptation of itself, can make 1882. dublin : with God’s.". — St. Alphonsus Liguori “It is not God’s will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will.’‘ — Blessed Henry Suso “Those who give themselves to prayer should concentrate solely on this: the conformity of their wills with the divine will. Cesarius The saint, however, said he had enjoyed the greatest us. give up praying because you seem to be wasting your time, say: ‘Since I The barbarians were so impressed who have these gifts fall into grave danger to their salvation! But purpose that if the possession of his sight were not expedient for his soul, Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. in a snowstorm. Preface startxref have you come to such a state of perfection?”, “By “Work thy will upon us, O Lord.” Arrived at the place of execution, they When they do not accord with For this reason I desire whatever kind of death God will be pleased to The Turning Away From God By Sin Part 1 Med. Who are these “men of good will” if not those whose wills are his “Dialogues”, St. Gregory[73] What does he say? It’s very simple! greater merit, makes us have frequent recourse to God, thus preserving us from He desires that we being humbled should reform, and crave pardon of Him. 310 0 obj<>stream behold me in thy presence; do with me and all that I have as thou pleasest.” commandment, so do I; arise and let us go hence[7].” Sign up. will.” And again, “Love of God does not consist in experiencing his It was told her these souls were raised to the sublime heights of the seraphs greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything. 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