The Paradise of God is the Heart of Man
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Does God Love you? Then Love you
Him ! ! !
Become Accustomed-to Talking-to Him Face-to-face, Familiarly, with
Confidence and Love, as-to a Friend, the
Dearest Friend you have, Who
Loves you so-much.
It is a Great Mistake, as we have seen, to 'Treat' God with-Diffidence. An even Greater Mistake, is to
suppose-that Conversing-with God is nothing but Tedium and
No, it is not True. "Non
habet amaritudinem conversatio illius, nec taedium convictus illius"
(Her [Wisdoms] Conversation hath no Bitterness, nor her Company any Tediousness - Wisdom 8:16). Ask those
Souls that Love Him with a True Love, and they
will tell you that amidst the Sorrows-of their Life, they find no-Greater and Truer Relief, than in Conversing
Lovingly with God.
You are not yet Required-so to-Apply your Minds, as to Make you Forget all your Business, and all your Pleasure.
It is only Required-of you that, without Neglecting your Occupations, you should Act-towards God as you
Act-towards those whom you Love, and who Love you.
Your God is always With-you, indeed "Inside"-you: "In Ipso
et Movemur, et Sumus" (In Him - we Live and Move and Be - Acts 17:28).
There is no Doorkeeper, for whoever Wishes-to Speak-to God; indeed, it is
Gods Pleasure, that you should 'Talk' Familiarly-with Him.
Speak-to Him of your Business, of your Plans, of your Sorrows,
of your Fears, and of all that Concerns you.
Above all do it, as I have said, with Confidence, and with an Open
Heart, because God is not Accustomed-to Speak-to the Soul,
that does not Speak-to Him. Such a Soul, being Unused-to Dealing-with
Him, will not well Understand His Voice, when He
When you 'Desire' His Love, without Waiting-for you to-'Approach' Him,
He will Anticipate your Desire, and will 'Make' Himself Present-to you,
'Bringing' all those Graces and Remedies, of which you Stand-in Need.
He is only Waiting-for you to-Speak, to-Show you that He is-Near, and is-Ready-to
Listen-to you, and to Console you ...
Our God Dwells-in the Highest Heavens, but does not
Disdain-to Pass Days and Nights, with His Faithful Children, allowing them a Share-in
His Divine Consolations, any One of which Surpasses all the Delights and
Pleasures of the World. Only they who have not-Tried such Consolations, have no
Desire-for them: "Gustate et videte quoniam suavis est Dominus" (O Taste and see that the Lord
is Sweet - Psalm 33:9).
O my Jesus, have Mercy on me.
I offer Thee my Ungrateful, but Penitent Heart.
My Redeemer, I Repent above all of having Despised Thee.
I Repent, and I Love Thee with all my Soul.
Ah yes, my Savior, my God, I Love Thee, I Love Thee.
Rather, it is Thou Who Remindest me always how much Thou hast Suffered for me,
that I may never again Forget to Love Thee.