Passages from the Writings of
Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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Triumph of Virtue - by CORREGGIO - from Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Young Woman at the center wears the Armour-of-Christ. The Angel behind her Crowns her with a Victory Wreath of Laurel. In the same Angel's left hand is a Palm Branch, Symbolic of Virginity. At the Virgin's feet are the Demons she has defeated, and in her right hand is a broken lance, indicating she has fought Hard and Well. She has been 'Weighed and Measured' by the other two Virgins dressed in white, and not 'Found Wanting'. There is Joy in Heaven over her Victory.

The single Tree behind the Virgin which grows straight and tall toward Heaven is Symbolic of the Cross of Jesus Christ. In a companion-painting by Correggio entitled 'Allegory of Vices' , also displayed at Musée du Louvre, we see the background-tree to be Gnarled, Twisted and Broken. Click to display 'Allegory of Vices'.

 

"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".

Saint Alphonsus

 

Passages

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) We must show Charity towards the Sick, who are in Greater Need of Help. Let us take them some Small Gift if they are Poor, or, at least, let us Go and Wait on them, and Comfort them.


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) If we should be Saved and Become Saints, we ought always to Stand-at the Gates-of the Divine Mercy to Beg and Pray for, as an Alms, all that we Need.


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) He who does not Acquire the Love-of-God, will Scarcely Persevere-in the Grace-of-God, for it is very Difficult to Renounce Sin, merely through Fear-of Chastisement.


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) When we hear People talk-of Riches, Honors and Amusements-of the World, let us Remember that All-things have an End, and let us then say: "My God, I Wish-for You alone, and Nothing more".


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) He who Trusts himself, is Lost. He who Trusts-in God, can do all things.


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) He who Communicates most-Frequently, will be Freest-from Sin, and will make Farthest Progress-in Divine Love.


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) I Love You, Jesus my Love, I Love You more than myself. I Repent with my Whole Heart for having Offended You. Never Permit me to-Separate myself from You again. May I Love You always, and then do with me as You Will.


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) All Holiness and Perfection-of Soul, Lies in our Love for Jesus Christ our God, Who is our Redeemer and our Supreme Good.

Has not God in-fact Won-for Himself a Claim-on all our Love? From all Eternity, He has Loved us. And it is in this Vein that He Speaks to us: "O Man, consider Carefully that I First Loved you. You had not yet Appeared-in the Light-of-Day, not did the World yet Exist, but already I Loved you. From all Eternity, I have Loved you".

Since God Knew-that Man is Enticed-by Favors, He Wished-to Bind him to His Love, by-means-of His Gifts: "I want-to Catch Men with the Snares, those Chains-of-Love in which they Allow themselves to be Entrapped, so that they will Love Me". And all the Gifts which He Bestowed-on Man, were given-to this End. He gave him a Soul, made in His Likeness. He Endowed him with Memory, Intellect and Will; He gave him a Body equipped-with the Senses. It was for him, that He Created Heaven and Earth, and such an Abundance-of Things. He made all these Things, out-of Love for Man, so that all Creation might Serve Man, and Man in-turn, might Love God, out of Gratitude-for so-many Gifts.

But He did not Wish-to Give us only Beautiful Creatures; the Truth is that to-Win-for Himself, our Love, He went so-far-as to Bestow-upon us the Fullness-of Himself. The Eternal Father went so-far-as to-Give us His only Son. When He saw that we were all Dead-through Sin, and Deprived-of His Grace, what did He do? He 'Sent' His Beloved Son to make Reparation-for us, and to Call us Back-to a Sinless Life.


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) What Folly it would be for Travelers to think only-of Acquiring Dignities and Possessions, in the Countries through-which they had to-Pass; and then to-Reduce themselves to the Necessity-of Living Miserably-in their Native Lands, where they must Remain-during their Whole Lives! And are not they Fools, who Seek-after Happiness-in this World, where they will Remain-only a Few Days, and Expose themselves to the Risk-of being Unhappy in the Next, where they must Live-for Eternity?

We do not Fix our Affections-on Borrowed Goods, because we Know-that they must soon be Returned-to the Owner. All Earthly Goods are lent-to us: it is Folly-to Set our Heart-on what we must soon Quit. Death shall Strip us of all. The Acquisitions and Fortunes-of this World all Terminate-in a Dying Gasp, in a Funeral, in a Descent-into the Grave. The House which you have Built-for yourself, you must soon Give-up to others.


littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) God says to each of us: "Give Me your Heart, that is, your Will". We, in-turn, cannot offer anything more-Precious, than to say: "Lord, take Possession of us; we Give our Whole Will to You; Make us Understand what it is that You Desire of us, and we will Perform it".

If we would give Full Satisfaction-to the Heart-of-God, we must bring our own Will in Everything, into-Conformity-with His; and not only into-Conformity, but into-Uniformity also, as-Regards all that God Ordains. Conformity Signifies the Joining-of our own Will, to the Will-of-God; but Uniformity Signifies-further, our Making-of the Divine and our own-Will, One (1) Will-only, so that we Desire nothing but what God Desires, and His Will becomes ours. This is the Sum and Substance-of that Perfection to-which we ought-to be ever Aspiring; this is what must be the Aim-of all we do, and of all our Desires, Meditations and Prayers. For this we must Invoke the Assistance-of all our Patron Saints and our Guardian Angels, and, above all, of our Divine Mother Mary, who was the most-Perfect Saint, because she Embraced most-Perfectly, the Divine Will.