And when God sends us Crosses, let us not only be-Resigned, but let us also
'Thank' Him, since it is a Sign that He means-to
Pardon our Sins, and Save us from
When God does not Punish a Sinner in this
Life, it is a Sign that He waits-to Punish
him in Eternity (∞), where the
Punishment will have no End.
If we do not have the Strength to-Desire and Seek-for Sufferings, let us
at-least try-to Accept-with Patience, those Crosses which
God sends us for our Good.
Give me a Soul, that Suffers with-Resignation; there is
The Lord takes delight-in being near those who are Afflicted; it must,
however, be those who Suffer in-Peace, and are Resigned-to the
He who has Offended God, must be Punished;
and, therefore, we ought always to Beg-of Him to-Chastise us in this World,
and not in the Next. That Sinner is to be Pitied,
who does not Receive his Chastisement, in this Life.
When a Soul First (1st) gives
itself up-to the Spiritual Life, the Lord is accustomed-to
'Heap' Consolations upon it, and thus 'Withdraw'
it from the Pleasures-of the World. But afterward, when He sees it
more-Settled in-Spiritual Ways, He draws-back His
Hand, to-Test its Love, and to see whether
it 'Serves' and Loves Him, without Reward in this World.
I call the Time-of Sickness, the Touchstone by which
Souls are Tried, because in it is Discovered the Value-of the
Virtue which anyone Possesses. If he does not Lose his
Tranquility, if he makes no-Complaints, is not Overanxious and
Obeys his Doctors, Preserving throughout, his Peacefulness-of-Mind, in Perfect Resignation-to the
Divine Will, it is a Sign that he Possesses Great Virtue.
Are not the Punishments which God sends us in this Life,
Acts-of-Kindness? If we have Offended Him, we have to-Satisfy
His Justice, in some-way or other, either-in this Life, or in the Next. It should be a
Consolation-to one who has Deserved Hell, to see that God is
Punishing him, in this World. This should 'Give him' Hope, that it
may-be God's Will, to-Deliver him from Eternal
This World is the Place-for Meriting, by Suffering;
Heaven is the Place-for Rewards and Enjoyments.
What is this World, but a Prison for us to-Suffer in, and to be
in-Danger every Moment, of Losing God?
When God sends Darkness and Desolation,
He is Testing His True Friends.
Let the Soul 'Thank' the Lord, when He
'Caresses' it with Sweetness, but not
Torment itself with Impatience, when
it is Left-in a State-of-Desolation.
'Unite' your own Sufferings, with those of Jesus
Certainly our Virtue is Greater, if in Times-of Sickness, we do not
Complain-of our Sufferings.
What Greater Consolation can come-to a Soul, than to Know-that,
by-Patiently Bearing some Tribulation, it
gives God the Greatest Pleasure, in its
When anything Disagreeable happens, 'Remember' it Comes-from
God, and say at-once, "This Comes from God", and be
Sickness is the Acid Test of Spirituality,
because it Discloses whether our Virtue is Real or Sham. If the
Soul is not-Agitated, does not Break-out in
Lamentations, is not-Feverishly Restless in-Seeking a Cure,
but-Instead is Submissive-to the Doctors, and to-Superiors, is Serene and
Tranquil, completely Resigned-to Godís Will, it is a Sign that, that
Soul is well-Grounded in Virtue.
Our Offenses-against God, must be
Atoned-for somehow, either in this-Life, or in the Next.
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.
Let the Soul 'Thank' God, when she
experiences His Loving Endearments, but let her not
Repine, when she finds herself left-in
Desolation. It is important-to lay Great Stress, on this Point, because some Souls, Beginners-in the
Spiritual Life, finding themselves in Spiritual
Aridity, think God has Abandoned
them, or that the Spiritual Life is not for them; thus
they give-up the Practice-of Prayer, and
Lose what they have previously-Gained. The Time-of Aridity is the
best Time to-Practice Resignation-to God's Holy Will.
When God sends Spiritual Darkness and
Desolation, His True Friends become Known.
When God sends us Punishments, let us Say-with the High-Priest Heli:
"It is the Lord, let Him do what is Good, in His Sight".
And, above all, let us Love that Prayer which Jesus
Christ has Taught us: "Your Will be done, on-Earth as it is in-Heaven".
Saint Alphonsus, Preacher, Confessor, Founder, Bishop, Doctor-of-the-Church, and Friend-of the Poor,
you are also the Special Patron-of all who Suffer-from Arthritis, and the Pains-of many Years.
When our Fingers Twist-with Pain, keep us Focused-on the Hands-of Christ, Pierced-with Ugly Nails.
When our Knees knob-with Endless-Aches, allow us to see the Knees-of Jesus, Smashing-to the
Street, under the Heavy Cross.
When our Backs stiffen-with Soreness, let us Remember the Back-of Christ, thrown-across the Cold,
Rough Wood-of the Cross.
When our Joints, Hips, Arms, Legs and Knuckles, hurt so-much that Tears well-up in our Eyes,
help us to-Recall the Tears, the Sweat, and the Blood that flowed-from our Crucified Jesus, Who suffered so-much more for
each of us.
Saint Alphonsus, afflicted-with Curvature-of the Spine, and nailed-to a Wheelchair-Cross
in your Final Years, Teach us to-Unite all our Pains, with the dreadful Sufferings-of Jesus, on the Cross.
We ask you to-Ease our Pains, but more so to-enable us to be One-with Jesus, in His
Great Act-of Dying and Rising.