Uniformity with God’s Will

Here are some life centering quotes about the will of God.  Taken slowly and with prayer, it can bring a lot of peace and sense to life.  Otherwise, it might seem like nonsense.

Uniformity with God’s Will by St. Alphonsus de Liguori (1696-1787)

It would be the greatest delight of the seraphs to pile up sand on the seashore or to pull weeds in a garden for all eternity, if they found out such was God’s will.  p.6

A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint. p.6

There is nothing more pleasing we can offer God than to say to him: ’Possess thy self of us”.  -St. Augustine p.7

Alphonsus the Great, King of Aragon, being asked one day whom he considered the happiest person in the world, answered: ”He who abandons himself to the will of God and accepts all things, prosperous and adverse, as coming from his hands.” p.11

To those that love God, all things work together unto good. Rom 8:28

By uniting themselves to the divine will, the saints have enjoyed paradise by anticipation in this life.  p.12

“Little man,” says St. Augustine, “grow up.  What are you seeking in your search for happiness?  Seek the on good that embraces all others.”

God wills only our good; God loves us more than anybody else can or does love us.  p.15

His will is that no one should lose his soul, that everyone should save and sanctify his soul: “not willing that any should perish but that all should return to penance.”  2 Pt 3:9 “This is the will of God, your sanctification. 1Thess 4:3. p.15

God has made the attainment of our happiness, his glory.  Since he is by his nature infinite goodness, and since as St. Leo says goodness is diffusive of itself, God has a supreme desire to make us sharers of his goods and of his happiness.  If then he sends us suffering in this life, it is for our own good: “All things work together unto goods.”  Even chastisements come to us, not to crush us, but to make us men our ways and save our soul: “Let us believe that these scourges of the Lord have happened for our amendment and not for our destruction.”  Judith 89:27 p.15

Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight.  Matt 27:46. When anything disagreeable happens, remember it comes from God and say at once, “This comes from God” and be at peace.  p.16

Lord, since thou hast done this, I will be silent and accept it.  Direct all your thoughts and prayers to this end, to be God constantly in meditation, Communion, and visits to the Blessed Sacrament that he help you accomplish his hoy will.  Form the habit of offering yourself frequently to God.  p.16

At least fifty times a day (St. Teresa_ offered herself to God, placing herself at his entire disposition and good pleasure.  p.17

Let us not lament if we suffer from some natural defect of body or mind; from poor memory, slowness of understanding, little ability, lameness or general bad health.  What claim have we, or what obligation is God under, to give us a more brilliant mind or a more robust body?  Who is ever offered a gift and then lays down the conditions upon which he will accept it?  Let us thank God for what I, in his pure goodness, he has given us and let us be content too with the manner in which he has given it to us.  p. 18

What know?  Perhaps if God had given us greater talent, better, health, a more personable appearance, we might have lost our souls! P.19

“But,” you say, “I do not want to be sick for then I am useless, a burden to my Order, to my monastery.”  But if you are united to and resigned to God’s will, you will realize that your superiors are likewise resigned to the dispositions of divine providence, and that they recognized the fact that you are a burden, not through indolence, but by the will of God! p.20

There is no better way to serve God than cheerfully to embrace his holy will. p.20

Do not weary yourself planning what you would do if you were well, but be content to be sick for as long as God wishes.  If you are seeking to carry out God’s will, what difference should it make to your whether you are sick or well? P. 21

Are not the punishments God sends us in this life also graces and benefits?  Our offenses against God must be atoned for somehow, either in this life or in the next.  P.23

Having merited hell for our sins, we should be consoled that God chastises us in this life, and animate ourselves to look upon such treatment as a pledge that God wishes to spare us in the next.  When God sends us punishments let us say …” It is the Lord, let him do what is good in his sight.”  1Kings 3:18

But you say you would gladly endure desolation if you were certain that it comes from God, but you are tortured by the anxiety that your desolation comes by your own fault and is a punishment for your tepidity.  Very well, let us suppose you are right; then get rid of your tepidity and exercise more diligence in the affairs of your soul.  But because you are possibly experiencing spiritual darkness, are you going to get all wrought up, give up prayers, and thus make things twice as bad as they are?  Let us assume that this aridity is a punishment for your tepidity.  Was it not God who sent it?  Accept your desolation, as your just desserts and unite yourself to God’s holy will.  Di you not say that you merited hell?  And now you are complaining?  Perhaps you think God should send you consolations!  Away with such ideas and be patient under God’s hand.  Take up your prayers again for the future, fear lest such laments come from too little humility and too little resignation to the will of God.  Therefore, be resigned and say: “lord, I accept this punishment from thy hands, and I accept it for as long as it pleases thee; if it be thy will that I should be thus afflicted for all eternity, I am satisfied. P. 25

Certainly, we should strive to avoid temptations; but if God wishes that we be tempted against faith, purity, or any other virtue, we should not give in to discouraging lamentations, but submit ourselves with resignation to God’s holy will.  St. Paul asked to be freed from temptations to impunity and our Lord answered him, saying:” My grace is sufficient for thee.”  2Cor12:9 p.37

Their desire for a greater degree of grace sprang not from a consideration of their own good, but of God’s.  They were content with the degree of grace God had meted out for them, though actually God had given them less.  The considered it a greater sign of true love of God to be content with what God had given them, than to desire to have received more.”  P.30

Nevertheless, when we do fall into some fault, we should not lose our peace of soul and union with the will of God, which permits our fall; nor should we lose our courage.  Let us rise at once from this fall, penitently humbling ourselves and by seeking greater help from God, let us continue to march resolutely on the highway of the spiritual life.  Likewise, we may will desire to be among the seraphs in Heaven, not for our own glory, but for God’s, and to love him more; still we should be resigned to his will and be content with that degree of glory which in his mercy he has set for us.  p.30


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