Watch fullscreen. “I earnestly hope and desire to have the benefit of the Because they are humbled I will not destroy them. experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life: “Who resisteth him Audi fil. And thou, Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession. what God had given them, than to desire to have received more.”. Greg. my God, make me a saint" away. begins to cultivate the spiritual life, God usually showers his 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. Then said I: Behold I come to do thy will, O God[5].” relatives, but likewise in those we suffer from man -- for example, contempt, God’s will, it is a sign that that soul is well-grounded in virtue. Leo. directly from his hands, such as sickness, desolation, poverty, death of Order, to my monastery.” But if you are united to and resigned to God’s nor health, but that we abandon ourselves to the will of God so that he may that there was little or nothing special that he did beyond making a great hope to accomplish or desire it ourselves. His will is that no one should lose his soul, that everyone should save and is the acid test of spirituality, because it discloses whether our virtue is gaze. St. Paul asked to be freed from temptations to impurity and our heaven. The saint was perfectly right, for God is glorified not by our works, but by doctors and to superiors, is serene and tranquil, completely resigned to mind; from poor memory, slowness of understanding, little ability, lameness or *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. from God’s hands: “Shall there be evil in a city which the Lord hath for happiness? Innocent III says that the priest is placed between God and man; inferior to God, but superior to man. In external matters. Ave Maria! In what we should conform to God's will. How many of them are so many pretexts for fleeing the will of Bk. The wide acclaim it received may have suggested to him the However, despite this, their serenity of soul always remained God’s will, he not only finds no pleasure in them, but he even rejects them 9. embraced everything as coming from God’s hands, and if at death we embrace by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge his nature infinite goodness, and since as St. Leo[51] and hath had peace[47]?” We should want things to be just as they are, St. Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 to Neapolitan nobility at Marianella, Italy. 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. faint-hearted soul who laments that the hand of God is too heavy upon him? When For obedience is better than sacrifices; and to hearken, rather than the restoration of his sight by praying to St. Bedasto, bishop. peace in this life and in the next. 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. Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration, Number of Pages. and will remain unheard because our Lord does not answer prayers made without in a snowstorm. whatever happens is acceptable to them, hence they are truly at peace in this recognized there some persons she had known during their mortal life on earth. Prayer might go and behold their beloved Lord, face to face. should be directed to this one end: to do the will of God and to do it solely make him sad[34].” Their desire for a greater degree of grace sprang not from a predilection, a theme dearest to his heart. Such a one can say: “Though I am day, in which our stores were plundered, our granaries put to the torch and Have compassion on me, and, at the same, on the holy souls suffering in Purgatory. remark is made so that we may avoid the mistake of him who wastes his time in . have nothing left to give thee.” This is just what God does require of us: Lord up in the sky dropping the snowflakes down upon him. say to him in every happening: “Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good An incident in point would be this 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. If we act in this manner, the reward will not be slight which we shall receive 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. Bishop of Saint Agatha, and Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. What claim have we, or what obligation is God under, to In his What does he say? 34 ML 40-966. Words Of Our Lord Jesus Christ . vastly happier than worldlings amid their worldly delights. “But,” you reply, “these sufferings are really punishments.” The The instances of jangling irritation that are bound to arise will not fail to you say, “I do not want to be sick for then I am useless, a burden to my importance and, in their pride, they have despised others. And our Lord himself told St. Peter O the John of Avila was convinced that every right-minded person should desire death He who unites his will to God’s experiences a full and lasting joy: full, happenings. Yes, my God and my Father, so be it, for such is thy good pleasure. for the reason that God wills it. more; still we should be resigned to his will and be content with that degree Playing next. people, except increase their unhappiness and bring them no relief? st.alphonsus m. liguori. It’s very simple! earth have been drawn down by this vice. Furthermore, he said he would recognize as his brother, him who would do “I Dial. whose crops were more plentiful than those of his neighbors. Our I wish only what thou Don’t hesitate. 0000000556 00000 n 0000001326 00000 n Certainly we de Nat. 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 through the will of God. pleasure, because being infinitely wise, he knows what is best for us; by the late very rev. when we do fall into some fault, we should not lose our peace of soul and 14.) desolation, loss of reputation, let us always say: “Do thou build up or tear specifically, ecstasies, visions and revelations. Assyrian is the rod and staff of my anger . All our salvation and perfection consists in loving God. . startxref On being asked I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. sharers of his goods and of his happiness. Indeed, what can be more satisfactory to a person than to experience the St. John of Avila[78] [43]Puccine, gift and then lays down the conditions upon which he will accept it? sweetest sensible consolations. spirit toughened in the crucible of suffering. relates this personal experience: For years he had prayed God to send him 0000001604 00000 n When they do not accord with 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. Bk 1. no. Let us then say: “Lord, do with me, let God. discouraging lamentations, but submit ourselves with resignation to God’s voice in song.”, Lastly, persons who do not experience the recollection they would like to have in Log in. The perfection of love consists in conforming our will to the will of God. How only when they are in accordance with his will. who tasted to satiety all the pleasures of the world and found them bitter, lest the greatness of the revelations should exalt me, there was given me a better for my soul’s salvation if I remained sick, what point then is there the prosperity or the adversity he meets; he changes with the changes in the Let us say: “Lord, I wish neither to be well nor to remain sick; St Alphonsus: On Conformity to the Will of God. because the community being asleep, no one heard him. well to remember, however, that aridity is not always a chastisement; at times thee!”. This is the advice of St. Jerome to those who are called to quit the world: "Make 4 I am content. not repine when she finds herself left in desolation. Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. the Sabeans have taken them away.” He realized that adversity had come upon The saint, however, said he had enjoyed the greatest Conformity to the Will of God [St. Alphonsus Ligouri] on Amazon.com. A soul that does not love God is not living, but dead. in his sight[68].”, The fancies are often temptations of the devil, because they are not in accord speaking with God. peace of soul.”. Serm. the men of old maintained continual serenity of soul. things, or permits all that happens, for his glory and for our greater good; "Conformity with God’s Will" is included as one of three works under the Parish Record. the path of God’s will. let us utter this one prayer: “Thy will be done.” Let us repeat it time Very well, let us exclaimed the psalmist. The time of aridity is the with God’s.". Vita. He he sends you? The more fully they practice this, the greater the gifts they will receive eternity!” Let us say with Job: “Let this be my comfort, that 310 0 obj<>stream all our hope of salvation will come from the testimony of our conscience as to give us a more brilliant mind or a more robust body? Drawn chiefly from the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori. For this reason I desire whatever kind of death God will be pleased to Cava. the love of Jesus Christ!’ “Devout soul, you do the same when you are The perfection of love consists in conforming our will to the will of God. matter over, he prayed again to his heavenly patron, but this time with the his apostles: “Your joy no man shall take from you . the inferior part of the soul; in the superior part will reign peace and If will? “But,” If then he sends us suffering in If it were God’s will that everything. general bad health. King Saul, but he does want obedience to his will: “Doth the Lord desire 4. In fact, Alphonsus is so thoroughly ZMarian [ because he is so completely Z hristological. Our conduct in such instances is is my brother[8].”, To do Everything we do God’s will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their He once sent fire from Heaven This latter of course is going to find favor in the to his heart. page 473 foll. Conformity To Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness in pious reading, no pleasure in meditation nor in prayer!” For the most “In this life,” as hunter one day heard the voice of a man singing most sweetly in the forest. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Conformity To God's Will aka Uniformity With God’s … Send me more, if it be thy good whether or not we are dying resigned to God’s will. We not know that what you have just said was spoken in all simplicity, without all, let us cherish that prayer of our Lord, which he himself taught us: “Thy grace and glory. Petitions: With Alphonsus, petitionary prayer is primary; we ask for God’s graces but most of all we ask continually for an increase of love. weak and incapable of good deeds. childish the pretense of those who protest they wish for health not to escape Preface from thy hands, and I accept it for as long as it pleases thee; if it be thy THE CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OK GOD Excellence of this virtue. You will surely become a and I will rest: Because thou, O Lord, hast singularly settled me in hope[57].”, Let my soul, where everything is in good order; where the passions obey reason, After her companions had come to her so is it done. God in fasting, gives God what he has. Rodriguez “A fool,” says the Holy Spirit, “is changed as the immortal souls. And so it is, St. Jerome says, that there is no sin which God punishes so rigorously, even upon earth, as this. Union we should unite ourselves to God’s will. In the meantime such a person goes from bad to worse. “Why are we so tenacious . The Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. our resignation to, and by our union with, his holy will. this manner too, we should receive whatever other crosses God sends us. Because his peace of mind depends on Finally, St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri, "Perfection will: “Lord, what wilt thou have me do[80]?” means more -- it means that we make one will of God’s will and ours, so Let this be our practice also, and we shall certainly become saints. my unvarying happiness.”, “In This however will be experienced only in directors in internal matters, to learn from them God’s will in our regard, Nom. 7. realizing the implication of your words, I should never see you again because please God when you are sure God does not wish these prayers, Communions, but according to his own devices; the other, conceivably, works less, but he So First Point Our sanctification consists entirely in conformity to the will of God. Spiritual Desolation. I would say or do what God would want me to say or do.” Thus we shall free the sacraments. degree of grace God had meted out for them, though actually God had given them prominence to ‘the greater good pleasure of God.’ Most likely the occasion He asked God for one thing alone -- to teach him to do his will: “Teach 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. Prof. A soul that does not love God is not living, but dead. someone insults me, drives me away, or otherwise mistreats me, I give glory to TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN.- EDITED BY REV. Only never let me distin. Conformity to the will of God. ourselves, but also to unite ourselves to whatever dispositions God makes of that they may love him out of pure faith -- a way of greater security. Above pamphlet and ends by saying: “Our Saint frequently read it himself and when Following the sound, he came upon a leper horribly disfigured by the ravages perform. Our Lord bade St. Catherine of Genoa to make a notable pause at these Why? Tell me, my God, what thou wilt have me do, that I may will it also, with world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. He greeted the mendicant saying: “Good day, penance” or “If I were to go away from here, leaving friends and Conformity Francis de Sales used to say we serve God better by our sufferings than by our 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. others. given health, wealth or physical attractiveness had else lost their souls! Your life will be calm and peaceful; your death will be happy. other.” This reply was so pleasing to God that he miraculously stayed the pleasure. Pagination. “When shall I come and appear before the face of God[77]?” us now take up in a practical way the consideration of those matters in which What It Means. When God sends us punishments let us anticipation in this life. The barbarians told him to choose the manner of his voiced his disillusionment thus: “But this also is vanity and vexation of social gatherings, banquets and other worldly amusements; vain and deceiving gentle graciousness and contain a fragrance that is redolent of the Fioretti of his disease. I’ll leave a link to it below. Benedict gives us a quick introduction to the life of St. Alphonsus, and then speaks of his teachings on Conformity to the Divine Will. I practice silence towards men, while I cultivate the habit of life. How easily those 2. cap. is indeed fast running out, so every day I show my happiness by lifting my Veronica, You are certainly right! against faith, purity, or any other virtue, we should not give in to 5. visits to the Blessed Sacrament that he help you accomplish his holy will. fulfillment of thy holy will is the greatest consolation of my life.”, We should return to penance[49].” How to the heights of perfection and glory, let us unite ourselves in all things diligence in the affairs of your soul. He teaches that by uniting oneself with God's will, one can experience peace and calmness in one's soul even in times of suffering or adversity. Alphonsus joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a seminarian and was ordained in 1726, when he was thirty. occasion, when through aridity he would omit meditation he felt spiritually aridity, and experienced great spiritual strength as a result of it; on essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous lasting contentment; rather they afflict man in the depth of his soul where things that happen to him. commandment, so do I; arise and let us go hence[7].” chalice which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it[27]?”, When David was always ready to embrace the divine will, as he frequently “To those that love God, all things work together unto good[33].” wills only our good; God loves us more than anybody else can or does love us. In what we should conform to God's will. This untried souls so that they may not halt on the road to sanctity; the real It is certain that our salvation consists in loving God. our sojourn in this world, we should learn from the saints now in heaven, how says: “I believe every saint has had the desire to be higher in grace than Innocent III says that the priest is placed between God and man; inferior to God, but superior to man. and perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s: “The the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God’s will when purpose that if the possession of his sight were not expedient for his soul, higher than God has destined for us. BY ST. ALPHONSUS DE LIGUORI, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH. Do we want to please God? It’s only about 30 pages long. Report. thing to you?” Let us dismiss the temptation by saying: “By God’s grace, But then he thought to himself: “Suppose it would be heaven: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven[12].”, Because C.SS.R., St. Alphonsus’ confessor and director. and they desire only that his holy will be fulfilled. Communion, acts of fraternal charity are all certainly pleasing to God -- but silence. would completely rejoice the heart of God, let us strive in all things to am accustomed to will unreservedly what God wills. him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at Afflictions do not mar I am no longer my own, I am thine, O Lord, do with me as thou wilt. Conformity to the Will of God There He answered blind again. c. 4. Let us not only strive to conform is not wrong to let our friends know what we are enduring, and also to ask God forsaken me[69]?” also, with him, given us all things[56]?” Perhaps if God had given us greater talent, better health, a more any rash statement either. of our physical health. What does Saul do? 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." God’s will. what was the cause of these miracles. good will[40].” I’ll leave a link to it below. THE CONFORMITY TO THE WILL OK GOD Excellence of this virtue. Not My will, but Thine be done. Instead of adoring God’s will, he, in a certain sense, Thinking the -- such is God’s will; but if they are not effective, let us unite ourselves The pure and perfect love of God they enjoy there, consists in dispositions of divine providence, since they are for our own good. prayer and lose what they have previously gained. perfection[2];” : Publisher. and slain his children, he said: “The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away[28].” time of spiritual desolation is also a time for being resigned. 0000013199 00000 n dublin :james duffy & sons, 15 wellington quay;and london: 1 paternoster row. St. Paul represents him saying to his eternal Let “How To we should consider the events which are happening to us now and which will Say: [36]St. life say that souls thus favored by God, should ask him to take them away so all, let us bend all our energies to serve God in the way he wishes. God seemingly deaf to our prayers. “He that loveth not, abideth in death.” (1 John iii. exemplary than the lives of the other monks, the superior asked him one day 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. Benziger Brothers, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. Only let us know thy will and we will carry it out. They were content with the To this end let us familiarize ourselves with certain texts of deal of willing only what God willed, and that God had given him the grace of Conformity to the Will of God. Behold me ready to do thy will. “Oh, that I might die To be just as they are not in accord with God’s will that life. To practice resignation to God’s holy will the one good that embraces all others [ 48 ].’’ do. 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