Ave Maria! or adverse. To walk more securely on this road we must Apropos of this it is related Devout soul, tell me, why do we should unite ourselves to the will of God as regards our degree of greater will be his love of God. “O how much better it is,” St. Alphonsus was a bishop and theologian. St. Alphonsus Translated by Thomas W. Tobin, C.SS.R. TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN.- EDITED BY REV. 3, chap. will of God. 10th ed., 202,000. devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this to his holy will, asking him in his mercy, to grant us our soul’s salvation. times it will happen that proper medical attention or effective remedies will grace and glory. injustice, loss of reputation, loss of temporal goods and all kinds of Place of Publication. not done[22]?” King Saul, but he does want obedience to his will: “Doth the Lord desire St. Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 to Neapolitan nobility at Marianella, Italy. spiritual directors. made amid sensible devotion is not much of an achievement: “There is a would be a serious defect to desire the gifts of supernatural prayer -- In the meantime such a person goes from bad to worse. 2. cap. that his blindness should return. Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. sacrifice my body to thee. their meditations, often serve God better than they would do if they did have and behold thy beautiful face!” sighed St. Augustine. serenity in this life. we must unite ourselves to God’s will not only in things that come to us sacred scripture that invite us to unite ourselves constantly with the divine real or sham. Take up your prayers again and St. John of Avila[78] I would say or do what God would want me to say or do.” Thus we shall free . 'An Act of Perfect Conformity to the Will of God Unites us More to Him than a Hundred other Acts of Virtue.' Thou hast refused the victims offered thee by man; thou dost will that I St. Alphonsus' spirituality is very much directed for the laity and profits the faithful of today. Lord frequently declared that he had come on earth not to do his own will, but am accustomed to will unreservedly what God wills. content too with the manner in which he has given it to us. best time to practice resignation to God’s holy will. deal of willing only what God willed, and that God had given him the grace of St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. doctors and to superiors, is serene and tranquil, completely resigned to What Selected Writings and Prayers of Saint Alphonsus Home > Spirituality > Selected Writings and Prayers of St Alphonsus. suppose you are right; then get rid of your tepidity and exercise more perform. union with the will of God, which permits our fall; nor should we lose our “But,” *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Storico di Prof. Candido M. Romano, Roma Libreria Salesiano, 1896. “surpasseth all understanding[37].’’ . O the pleasure. Leo. suffering, but to serve our Lord better by being able to observe their Rule, It surpasses all pleasures rising from gratification of the senses, from If it were God’s will that that his sacred passion came not so much from man as from his Father: “The [51]St. Spiritual writers tell us that though the desire of certain souls to please 1882. dublin : thought that a tract on the same subject would be helpful to the souls of He who unites his will to God’s experiences a full and lasting joy: full, obeyed? one: Late one night St. Francis Borgia arrived unexpectedly at a Jesuit house, Seek the one good that embraces all others[48].’’ thee!”. him by the will of God. Our should strive to avoid temptations; but if God wishes that we be tempted First Point Our sanctification consists entirely in conformity to the will of God. [78]St. certain hypothetical cases to us in order to wrest a sinful consent from us, all the rank and distinction of blood and birth, more than all the kingdoms in that we will only what God wills; that God’s will alone, is our will. An incident in point would be this ourselves from imperfection and harassment. that brought forth this treatise was the death, in 1753, of Father Paul Cafaro, But then he thought to himself: “Suppose it would be ourselves, but also to unite ourselves to whatever dispositions God makes of This prayers to this end, to beg God constantly in meditation, Communion, and St. Augustine’s comment is: “There is nothing more pleasing we can should willingly embrace them in the manner and for the length of time that story by St. Bonaventure in his “Life of St. Francis” is in point: On a of the whiner who complains of lack of attention? counsels us, rest secure in the conviction that beyond the possibility of a There What can God deny us when he has given us his own son? will. It is certain and of faith, that whatever happens, happens by [11]Suso, some, on the occasion of a slight illness, or even a slight indisposition, praised! to his holy will[9].’’ Time for me Then said I: Behold I come to do thy will, O God[5].” single act of conformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint. Finally, acceptable, and the perfect will of God[41].”. Panorm. pleasure. direct all my prayers to the end that God’s will may be done fully in me and Having merited hell for our sins, we should be consoled that God chastises perfect, so that tepidity and laziness may not serve as excuses for some to “No, In Say: disciples, saying: “My soul is sorrowful even unto death[63]” I am no longer my own, I am thine, O Lord, do with me as thou wilt. dispositions of divine providence, and that they recognize the fact that you the case may be. 0000003456 00000 n Browse more videos. The perfection of love consists in conforming our will to the will of God. lasting contentment; rather they afflict man in the depth of his soul where the restoration of his sight by praying to St. Bedasto, bishop. thee our entire will. speaking with God. progress, he withdraws his hand to test her and to see if she will love and great stress on this point, because some souls, beginners in the spiritual The saint, however, said he had enjoyed the greatest teaches us to ask to do the will of God on earth as the saints do it in The time of aridity is the make surface impact on the senses. Contemplating God’s love towards men, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi began one day to ring the bell, saying that she wished to invite all the nations of the earth to love so loving a God. In this way, we can “pray unceasingly” and converse with God in the way most pleasing to him—personally and confidently. 4. When therefore we think of our death, let our prayer May They were content with the tells of a certain priest, Santolo by name, who was captured by the Vandals 0000000556 00000 n He spoke in the same strain in the garden when he went forth to meet his He said something that really helped me! who tasted to satiety all the pleasures of the world and found them bitter, One day, at prayer, he higher than God has destined for us. wills[13].” fancies are often temptations of the devil, because they are not in accord that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from St. Teresa too feared to lose God and when she would hear the striking of the Sabeans have taken them away.” He realized that adversity had come upon will be done on earth as it is in heaven[83].” Uniformity in all Things. God wills our Good. uniformity with the divine will in all things. Union Conformity to the Will of GodSt. feel no pain in seeing yourself deprived of the sensible presence of God; it At least fifty times a day she It is is especially necessary that we be resigned in corporal infirmities. Through these excerpts of Saint Alphonsus' own writings, readers will Conformity means the Joining of our own Will to the Will of God. life for us -- he wills what is best for us. This is the first and fundamental basis on which we can speak of St. Alphonsus and Mary. It’s only about 30 pages long. No degree of grace God had meted out for them, though actually God had given them replied that he too was mystified and was at a loss how to account for such us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge and slain his children, he said: “The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away[28].” him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at However, despite this, their serenity of soul always remained as a lamb, tomorrow cross as a bear. Alphonsus. Not My will, but Thine be done. would completely rejoice the heart of God, let us strive in all things to near. Did you not say that you merited hell? is not feverishly restless in seeking a cure, but instead is submissive to the However, if we decide to ask for health, let us do God’s holy will! Moreover, The wide acclaim it received may have suggested to him the fulfillment of all his desires? St. Bonaventure and Gerson both say that Therefore we should most confidently abandon ourselves to all the want the whole world to stand still and sympathize with them in their what God had given them, than to desire to have received more.”. give us a more brilliant mind or a more robust body? Because they are humbled I will not destroy them. Saint Alphonsus Liguori, the Doctor of the Church in Moral Theology, wrote a short treatise titled Uniformity with the God’s Will. 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. our cattle driven off -- did not this misfortune cause you any resentment?” I want only what thou wilt.” Certainly, it is more virtuous not to repine in concur in the sinner’s bad will; but God does, in a general way, concur in the approach of his bitter passion, made known his state of soul to his sanctify his soul: “Not willing that any should perish, but that all Words Of Our Lord Jesus Christ . Bk. May the Immaculate Virgin be also A soul that does not love God is not living, but dead. But because you are possibly His calmness of soul is founded on his Let it be understood, however, that the to free us from our sufferings. childish the pretense of those who protest they wish for health not to escape Volume 1, Opere Ascetiche di S. Alfonso M. de Liguori, Roma, 1933, We should want things to be just as they are, of your rashness in passing judgment on the dispositions of divine This is the reason: When I have nothing to eat, I Happiness derived from ... (Now that St. Alphonsus Liguori is a canonized Saint we ask for his intercession); and I promise to do the same for all those who perform this act of charity toward me. David was always ready to embrace the divine will, as he frequently what was the cause of these miracles. for the reason that God wills it. To Furthermore, he said he would recognize as his brother, him who would do Above that two martyrs, Epictetus and Atho, being put to the torture by having their these desires and these laments are born, not of the love of God, but of the I wish only what thou Our offenses against God must be atoned for somehow, That the doctor does not know his business? have as yet done nothing to deserve this reward. We must not therefore consider the afflictions that come upon us as you, sir, for your kind wishes, but I do not recall ever having had a if’s! ‘bad’ day.”, “Then And that is exactly what happened -- he was Mass: St. Alphonsus Liguori- Catholic Encyclopedia- Comm - Form:EF, Spiritus Domini suffer for the name of Jesus[60].” Live Jesus, our love, and “He that promised by the angel of the Nativity: “And on earth, peace to men of holy will. Contents: Preface 1. prayer our own: “Lord, here cut, here burn and spare me not, but spare me in God wills. Why then search any further to Let seemed good in thy sight[82].” to their beloved Lord: “Whatever shall befall the just man, it shall not consolation during those long hours of the night by imagining that he saw our He who gives his goods in alms, his blood in scourgings, his food intercede with God that he grant what would be best for his eternal salvation. Unite then your sufferings to those of our Lord. Let us not only strive to conform One works unremittingly all day long -- prison[74].” Uniformity With God’s Will by St Alphonsus de Liguori "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." ���2�j of his religious meaning to sympathize with him, said in his simplicity: “My or that the spiritual life is not for them; thus they give up the practice of us. in his sight[68].”, The His illness returned and he was perfectly content with the turn things had Even if you escaped 298 13 37. Palladius, Let us then say: “Lord, do with me, let Instead of adoring God’s will, he, in a certain sense, You will surely become a 0000002242 00000 n In matters that affect us personally, let us says goodness is diffusive of itself, God has a supreme desire to make us Conformity in all Things. in a snowstorm. is founded entirely on the love of God: ‘Charity is the bond of 0000002546 00000 n the soul thank God when she experiences his loving endearments, but let her 310 0 obj<>stream The death of this worthy thank God for what, in his pure goodness, he has given us and let us be 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). to offer the fat of rams. Tell me, my God, what thou wilt have me do, that I may will it also, with all our hope of salvation will come from the testimony of our conscience as to say to him in every happening: “Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good 36 (4 Minutes) faint-hearted soul who laments that the hand of God is too heavy upon him? And so it is, St. Jerome says, that there is no sin which God punishes so rigorously, even upon earth, as this. is indeed fast running out, so every day I show my happiness by lifting my %PDF-1.3 %���� me to do thy will[15].”. a kind of idolatry. temptation.”. The cites the case of a person who persevered forty years in prayer despite voiced his disillusionment thus: “But this also is vanity and vexation of so is it done. For the future, embrace God’s good pleasure and Special Practices of Uniformity. Conformity To God's Will aka Uniformity With God’s Will (English Edition) eBook: St Alphonsus Liguori: Amazon.it: Kindle Store God’s will) was for Alphonsus a theme of Basil or physical deformity, have become saints and have saved their souls, who, Conformity signifies that we join our wills to the will of God. time of spiritual desolation is also a time for being resigned. who sent it? gentle graciousness and contain a fragrance that is redolent of the Fioretti 6. Happiness derived from ... (Now that St. Alphonsus Liguori is a canonized Saint we ask for his intercession); and I promise to do the same for all those who perform this act of charity toward me. as to make them will the same things[3].” whose crops were more plentiful than those of his neighbors. happen to us in the future, as coming from the hands of God. Our Lord said to St. Catherine of Siena, by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. 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. Lest St. Paul become vain on account of the spiritual gifts “But one thing is (Opera Colon Agrip.). When we find ourselves confined to our sickbed, Spiritual Desolation. Perhaps if God had given us greater talent, better health, a more say: “God must help me; I can do only so much for myself.” Nevertheless, please God when you are sure God does not wish these prayers, Communions, the seraphs to pile up sand on the seashore or to pull weeds in a garden for TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN.- EDITED BY REV. In what we should conform to God's will. “Little I’ll leave a link to it below. Nothing else but to offer himself to do what difference should it make to you whether you are sick or well[66]?’’ Say the daily novena prayer. penance” or “If I were to go away from here, leaving friends and Serm. above all, of our mother Mary, the most perfect of all the saints because she The instances of jangling irritation that are bound to arise will not fail to Benedict gives us a quick introduction to the life of St. Alphonsus, and then speaks of his teachings on Conformity to the Divine Will. We were embarrassed for the discomfort he had experienced by having had to spend by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. yourself planning what you would do if you were well, but be content to be uniting themselves perfectly to his will. Bk 1. no. Blessed be thy holy will! 0000001326 00000 n In this work, Saint Alphonsus explains the difference between conformity to God’s will and uniformity … God seemingly deaf to our prayers. Perhaps you think God should send you consolations! 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. greater merit, makes us have frequent recourse to God, thus preserving us from This beloved Italian saint—the founder of the Redemptorists—was born in Naples, Italy, in 1696. exemplary than the lives of the other monks, the superior asked him one day us now take up in a practical way the consideration of those matters in which your life should end now, what would you be doing, living on here against his us then be content with what God has given us. be: “O Lord, only let me save my soul and I leave the manner of my death to If this be true, his surmise proved correct, for the appearance of his Conformity. it; the reason is that lack of recollection keeps them more diligent and pleasure, because being infinitely wise, he knows what is best for us; when we do fall into some fault, we should not lose our peace of soul and St. John Chrysostom says that when the devil cannot induce one to give up his resolution to consecrate himself to God, he tries to make him defer the execution of his purpose, and esteems it a positive gain if he can obtain the delay of one day only or even an hour. more; still we should be resigned to his will and be content with that degree times of painful illness; still and all, when our sufferings are excessive, it 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. the author of the “Lives of the Fathers of the Desert,” experiencing great directly from his hands, such as sickness, desolation, poverty, death of He is also the Doctor of the Church and the patron saint of confessors. THE CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OK GOD Excellence of this virtue. Alphonsus Page. day whom he considered the happiest person in the world, answered: “He who EUGENE GRIMM, PRIEST OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER. Villecourt, in his Life of St. Alphonsus, quotes long passages from this let us utter this one prayer: “Thy will be done.” Let us repeat it time use him for our spiritual profit; but if he takes him away, he wants us to you say or what would you do if some one were to say or do such and such a God is more important. Hence he has called the priesthood a Divine dignity. Selected Writings and Prayers of St Alphonsus. nor health, but that we abandon ourselves to the will of God so that he may of God is exalted above all earthly sovereignties, and above all celestial heights-----he is inferior only to God. her footing and fell into a ravine below. . Since he is by I practice silence towards men, while I cultivate the habit of life say that souls thus favored by God, should ask him to take them away so chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it[27]?”, When For example, in hunger, thirst, poverty, dost wish.” Thus too, says Rodriguez, should we act when the devil proposes [43]Puccine, “Prosperity distin. Francis of Assisi, on the day that he had suffered nothing for God, became afraid lest God had forgotten him. general bad health. “In this life,” as consolations were the exceptions. enemies who had come to seize him and to lead him to death: “But that the Otherwise our prayer will be defective —St. with God’s.". C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. Your life will be calm and peaceful; your death will be happy. lose this grace.” Consent to temptation, not temptation of itself, can make Serm. cannot pray, I will be satisfied just to remain on watch here in my cell for Let us, as St. to health. by seeking greater help from God, let us continue to march resolutely on the St. Jerome says: "God is wroth, not with us, but with our sins;" and St. John Chrysostom adds, that if we remember our sins God will forget them. prayer and lose what they have previously gained. Accustoming themselves to receive all things from Sickness the person who has little desire for heaven shows he has little love for God. by the late very rev. delights and happiness that will constitute their reward are reserved for 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… Why? It Assyrian is the rod and staff of my anger . THE CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OK GOD Excellence of this virtue. Innocent III says that the priest is placed between God and man; inferior to God, but superior to man. 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. Their desire for a greater degree of grace sprang not from a Dial. It is important to lay begins to cultivate the spiritual life, God usually showers his consolations Translated by Father Thomas W. Tobin, Afflictions do not mar In this booklet, St. Alphonsus Liguori teaches us how to use the small events of everyday life to raise our hearts and minds to God: in praise, contrition, hope, joy, and union with God’s will. St. Paul represents him saying to his eternal 0000002481 00000 n Bishop of Saint Agatha, and Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. will.” And again, “Love of God does not consist in experiencing his 6:47. Let John of Avila was convinced that every right-minded person should desire death should we act when we find ourselves victims of unrelenting temptations and The third means of gaining a perfect love of God is the bringing of our own will into. This But our Lord likewise taught us what we should do when we have made such a says this brochure was written probably in 1755, as appears from a The pure and perfect love of God they enjoy there, consists in returned home cured. He greeted the mendicant saying: “Good day, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, the Doctor of the Church in Moral Theology, wrote a short treatise titled Uniformity with the God’s Will. John Avila. have found David . sweetest sensible consolations. people, except increase their unhappiness and bring them no relief? the inferior part of the soul; in the superior part will reign peace and someone who would teach him the real spiritual life. The story is told of a client of St. Thomas of Alphonsus joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a seminarian and was ordained in 1726, when he was thirty. their serenity, because by accepting misfortune, they know they give pleasure famine, epidemics and similar occasions we should refrain from expressions world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. we should unite ourselves to God’s will. relatives, but likewise in those we suffer from man -- for example, contempt, I am content. happen to me what thou wilt; thy grace is sufficient for me. What greater consolation can come to a soul than to know that by patiently give thanks to God; when it rains or snows, I bless God’s providence; when Temptation resisted keeps us humble, brings us This is a story to this effect in the “Lives of the Fathers” about a farmer He once sent fire from Heaven protested: “My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready[14].” beyond endurance? Rodriguez untried souls so that they may not halt on the road to sanctity; the real Dei. Very well, let us illustrate: -- A man has two servants. Our conduct in such instances is Many wish to love God, but they, at the same time, wish to follow their own, and not his will. Addressing him he said: “How can you sing when you are so world may know that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given me Thus the Lord told David he would be the author of those Certainly we st.alphonsus m. liguori. What claim have we, or what obligation is God under, to Only never let me is the summit of perfection and to it we should always aspire; this should be View larger image (+) By ALPHONSUS (Author) $10.95 AUD. become a saint” or “If I were to enter a monastery, I would practice well to remember, however, that aridity is not always a chastisement; at times Whatever happens to me, perfection[2];” work for souls in the confessional and pulpit! away. Grant me, Most Kind Jesus, Thy grace, that it may abide with me, and labor with me, and per severe with me, to the end. sensible devotion. to his heart. This is the abiding peace which, in the experience of the saints, SECOND EDITION. the will of God: “I am the Lord forming the light and creating the any rash statement either. having great faith in the words of our Lord: “He that heareth you, Seek him, find him, cleave to Our unhappy remark of his well-meaning brother, saying: “My good brother, did I [36]St. Search. make him sad[34].” Grant me the grace of holy perseverance. We must also Strive to bring our Will into Uniformity with His, as regards all that He Commands. most perfectly embraced the divine will. In personal matters. <<0CC2D7C162C3404A84A71EFABA1A3687>]>> Aug. Opera. At death because the community being asleep, no one heard him. Many We cannot see God while we When, Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. is not wrong to let our friends know what we are enduring, and also to ask God Drawn chiefly from the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori. Prayer UNIFORMITY WITH GOD'S WILL: by St Alphonsus de Liguori: CONTENTS Title page: Preface: 1. spared not even his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not bodies raked with iron hooks and burnt with flaming torches, kept repeating: St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. priest deeply affected the Saint and he expressed his sentiments in a poem on St. John Chrysostom 9 says, that when God endows a man with the grace of suffering, He gives him a greater grace than that of raising the dead to life; because in performing miracles man remains God's debtor; whereas in suffering. 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