God Chastises Us in This Life for Our Good,
Not for our Destruction


Tobias Healing the Blindness-of his Father - by ASSERETO, Gioachino - from Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille . . . .
Aided by the Archangel Raphael, Tobias Heals the Blindness-of his Father, after his Chastisement by God.

 

"Non enim delectaris in perditionibus nostris"
For Thou art not Delighted-in our being Lost - Job 3:22

 

God Chastises Us in This Life for Our Good,
Not for our Destruction

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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Let us feel-Persuaded, my Brethren, that there is no-one who Loves us more-than God. Saint Teresa says that God Loves us more-than we Love ourselves. He has Loved us from Eternity (∞). "Yea, I have Loved thee, with an Everlasting Love" - Jeremiah 31:3. It is the Love He has-Borne us, which has-Drawn us from-Nothing, and Given us Being. "Therefore have I Drawn thee, taking Pity on thee" - Jeremiah 31:3. Hence, when God Chastises us upon the Earth, it is not because He Wishes-to Injure us, but because He Wishes us Well, and Loves us. "But this, every one is sure-of that Worshippeth Thee, that his Life, if it be under-Trial, shall be Crowned: and if it be under-Tribulation, it shall be Delivered: and if it be under-Correction, it shall be Allowed to-come-to, Thy Mercy" - Tobit 3:21. So spoke Sara the Wife-of Tobias: Lord, he who Serves Thee, is sure-that after the Trial shall have-Passed, he shall be Crowned, and that after Tribulation, he shall be-Spared the Punishment which he Deserved; for Thou art not Delighted-in our being Lost; because after a Storm, Thou 'Makest' a Calm, and after Tears and Weeping, Thou Pourest-in Joyfulness. After the Tempest-of Chastisement, He 'Gives' us Peace; and after Mourning Joy and Gladness.

My Brethren, let us 'Convince' ourselves of what I have Undertaken-to-show you Today, namely, that God does not Afflict us in this Life, for our Injury, but for our Good; in-order-that we may Cease-from Sin; and by 'Recovering' His Grace, 'Escape' Eternal (∞) Punishment.

What is Heart?

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Body/Inferior Will/
Psychosomatic Powers
Passions/Emotions/
Sensory Appetite/
Memory/Imagination
(Subordinate-Partner)

Soul/Intellect/
Superior Will/
Reason/Grace/
Infused Knowledge/
Heart/Conscience
(Dominant Partner)

Heart includes the Rational Thought Process (Intellect/Will) of the Soul and the Bodily Emotions, that Influence the Will.

 

"And I will give My Fear, in their Heart; that they may not Revolt-from Me" - Jeremiah 32:40. The Lord says that He 'Infuses' His Fear, into our Hearts, in-order-that He may 'Enable' us to Triumph-over our Passion-for Earthly Pleasures, for which, Ungrateful that we are, we have Left Him. And when Sinners have Left Him, how does He make them Look-into themselves, and 'Recover' His Grace? By Putting-on the Appearance-of Anger, and Chastising them in this Life: "In Thy Anger, Thou shalt Break the People, in-Pieces" - Psalm 55:8. Another Version, according-to Saint Augustine, has: "In Thy Wrath, Thou shalt Conduct the People". The Saint 'Inquiring', What is the Meaning-of His 'Conducting' the People, in His Wrath? He then 'Replies': "Thou, O Lord, Fillest us with Tribulations, in-order-that, being thus Afflicted, we may Abandon our Sins, and Return-to Thee" - (in Psalm 55:13).

When the Mother, Wishes-to 'Wean' her Infant, how does she Proceed? She puts Gall upon her Breast. Thus the Lord endeavors-to 'Draw' our Souls to Himself, and 'Wean' them from the Pleasures-of this Earth, which make them Live-in Forgetfulness-of their Eternal (∞) Salvation; He Fills-with Bitterness, all their Pleasures, Pomps, and Possessions, in-order-that, not finding Peace in those things, they may Turn-to God, Who alone, can Satisfy them. "In their Affliction, they will Rise Early to Me" - Hosea 6:1. God says within Himself: "If I Allow those Sinners to-Enjoy their Pleasures undisturbed, they will Remain-in the Sleep-of Sin: they must be Afflicted, in-order-that, Recovering-from their Lethargy, they may Return-to Me". When they shall be in Tribulation they will say: "Come, let us Return-to the Lord, for He hath Taken us, and He will Heal us; He will Strike and He will Cure us". What shall become-of us, say those Sinners, as they enter-into themselves, if we do not Turn-from Our Evil Courses? God will not be 'Appeased', and will, with Justice, Continue-to Punish us; come on, let us Retrace our steps; for He will Cure us, and if He has Afflicted us just now, He will upon our Return, Think-of Consoling us with His Mercy.

"In the Day-of my Trouble, I sought God, . . . and I was not Deceived" - Psalm 77:3, because He 'Raised' me up. For this Reason, does the Prophet 'Thank' the Lord, that He hath Humbled him, after his Sin; because he was thus 'Taught' to-Observe the Divine Laws: "It is Good for me, that Thou hast Humbled me, that I may Learn Thy Justifications" - Psalm 118:71. "Tribulation is for the Sinner, at-once, a Punishment and a Grace", says Saint Augustine - (in Psalm 38). It is a Punishment, inasmuch-as it has been Drawn-down upon him by his Sins; but it is a Grace, and an Important Grace, inasmuch-as it may 'Ward' Eternal (∞) Destruction from him; and is an Assurance-that God means-to 'Deal' Mercifully with him, if he Look-into himself, and 'Receive' with-Thankfulness, that Tribulation which has-Opened his Eyes to his Miserable Condition, and 'Invites' him to-'Return' to- God. Let us then be-Converted, my Brethren, and we shall 'Escape'-from our Several Chastisements: "Why should he, who accepts Chastisement as a Grace, be Afraid after Receiving it?" says Saint Augustine. He who Turns-to God, Smarting-from the Scourge, has no-longer anything to-Fear, because God Scourges only, in-order-that we may Return-to Him; and this End, once Obtained, the Lord will Scourge us no-more.

Saint Bernard says that it is Impossible, to Pass-from the Pleasures of the Earth, to those-of Paradise: "It is Difficult, even Impossible, for anyone to-enjoy Present and Future Goods, to Pass-from Delights to Delights". Therefore does the Lord say, "Envy not the Man who Prospereth in his Way, the Man who doth Unjust Things" - Psalm 36:7. "Does he Prosper?" says Saint Augustine; "Ay, but 'in his own way'; And do you Suffer? You do, but it is in the Way of God". You who Walk-before God, are in Tribulation, but he, Evil as-is his Way, 'Prospers'. Mark now, what the Saint says in-conclusion: "He has Prosperity in this Life, he shall be Miserable, in the Next; you have Tribulation in this Life, you shall be Happy, in the Next" - (in Psalm 36). Be Glad, therefore, O Sinners! and 'Thank' God when He Punishes you in this Life, and takes Vengeance-of your Sins; because you may Know-thereby, that He means to-Treat you with Mercy in the Next. "Thou wast a Merciful God to them, and taking Vengeance-on all their Inventions" - Psalm 98:8. The Lord, when He Chastises us, has not Chastisement so-much in-view, as our Conversion. God said to Nebuchadnezzar: "Thou shalt eat Grass like an Ox, and Seven Times shall Pass-over thee, till thou know that the Most High Ruleth in the Kingdom of Men" - Daniel 4:29. For Seven (7) Years, Nebuchadnezzar, shalt thou be Compelled-to Feed-upon Grass, like a Beast, in-order-that thou mayest Know, I am the Lord; that it is I Who give-Kingdoms, and Take-them away; and that thou mayest thus be Cured-of thy Pride. And in fact, this Judgment did-Cause the Haughty King to Enter-into himself, and Change; so that, after having been Restored-to his former condition, he said: "Therefore I, Nebuchadnezzar, do now Praise and Magnify the King of Heaven" - Daniel 4:34. And God gave him back his Kingdom. "He Willingly changed his Sentence", says Saint Jerome, "because He saw his Works Changed" (cf Jonah 3:10).

Unhappy we, says the same Saint, when God does not Punish us, in this Life! It is a Sign that He 'Means' us for Eternal (∞) Chastisements. What do we conclude, he Continues, when the Surgeon sees the Flesh about-to Mortify, and does not 'Cut' it away? We conclude-that he 'Abandons' the Patient to-Death? God 'Spares' the Sinner, in this Life, says Saint Gregory, only to Chastise him, in the Next. Woe to those Sinners, to-whom God has Ceased to-Speak, and Appears not to be in-Anger. "I will Cease, and be Angry no-more". The Lord then goes-on to say: "Because thou hast not Remembered the Days-of thy Youth, but hast Provoked me in all these things: . . . thou shalt know that I am the Lord, that thou mayest Remember, and be Confounded" - Ezekiel 16:43, 62-63. A Day will-Come, He says, Ungrateful Sinner, when you shall Know-what I am; then shall you 'Remember' the Graces I have 'Given' you, and 'See' with Confusion, your Black Ingratitude.

Scenes from the Life of Job -
by UNKNOWN MASTER, Flemish -
from Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

Job 'Besought' the Lord so-earnestly, to Afflict him.

"And that this may be my Comfort, that Afflicting me with Sorrow, He Spare-not" - Job 6:10.
 

Woe-to the Sinner, who Goes-on in his Evil Life, and whom God, in His Vengeance, Suffers-to 'Accomplish' his Perverse Desires, according to what is said by the Prophet: "Israel hearkened-not to Me, so I let them go according to the Desires-of their Heart" - Psalm 80:12-13. It is a 'Sign', that the Lord Wishes-to Reward them on this Earth, for whatever 'Little' Good they may have done, and 'Reserves' the Chastisement-of their Sins, for Eternity (∞). Speaking-of the Sinner whom He 'Treats' thus, in this Life, the Lord says: "Let us have Pity on the Wicked, but he will not Learn Justice, . . . and he shall not see the Glory of the Lord" - Isaiah 26:10. Thus does the Poor Sinner, Hasten-on to his Ruin, because seeing himself Prosperous, he Deceives himself into the Expectation-that as God is 'Dealing' Mercifully with him now, He will Continue-to do the same, and by this Delusion, he will be Led-to Live-on in his Sins. But, will the Lord be Always, thus Merciful to-him? No!!, the Day-of Punishment will Come at-length, when he shall be Excluded-from Paradise, and Flung-into the Dungeon-of-the-Rebels: "And he shall not see the Glory-of the Lord". "Let us have Pity-on the Wicked; far from me be this Mercy", says Saint Jerome. Lord, he says, Extend not to me, this Dreadful Pity; if I have Offended Thee, let me be Chastised for it, in this-Life; because if Thou dost not Chastise me here, in this-Life, I shall have to be Chastised in the Other World, for all Eternity (∞). For this Reason, did Saint Augustine say: "Lord, here 'Cut', here 'Burn', that you may 'Spare', during Eternity". Chastise me here, O God, and do not 'Spare' me Now, in-order-that I may be-Spared, the Punishment-of Hell. When the Surgeon 'Cuts' the Imposthume-of the Patient, it is a Sign that he Means-to have him Healed. Saint Augustine says: "It is most Merciful-of the Lord, not to-Suffer Iniquity to-Pass, Unpunished". The Lord Deals very Mercifully with the Sinner, when by Chastisement, He makes him enter-into himself in this-Life. Hence, Job 'Besought' the Lord so-earnestly to Afflict him. "And that this may be my Comfort, that Afflicting me with Sorrow, He Spare-not" - Job 6:10.

Jonah slept-in the Ship, when he was Flying-from the Lord; but God, seeing that the Wretched Man was on the Brink-of Temporal and Eternal (∞) Death, caused him to be Warned-of the Tempest: "Why art thou Fast Asleep? Rise up, Call upon thy God" - Jonah 1:6. God, my Brethren, now Warns ye in like-Manner. You have been in the State-of-Sin, Deprived-of Sanctifying Grace, the Chastisement has-Come, and that Chastisement is the Voice-of-God, saying to you, "Why are you Fast Asleep? Rise and Call-upon your God". Awake, Sinner! do not Live-on, Forgetful-of your Soul, and of God.

Open your Eyes, and see how you Stand-upon the Verge-of-Hell, where so-many Wretches are now Bewailing Sins, less- Grievous than yours, and are you Asleep? Have you no Thought-of Confession? No Thought-of Rescuing yourself from Eternal (∞) Death? Rise, Call-upon your God. Up-from that Infernal Pit, into which you have Fallen; Pray to God to Pardon you; Beg-of Him this at-least, if you are not at once Resolved-to Change your Life, that He will-Give you Light, and make you see the Wretched State in-which you Stand. Learn how to Profit by the Warning which the Lord 'Vouchsafes' you. Jeremiah First (1st) sees a Rod. I see a Rod Watching; he Next sees a Boiling Caldron: "I see a Boiling Caldron" - Jeremiah 1:11,13. Saint Ambrose, in Speaking-of this Passage, explains it thus: He who is not Corrected-by the Rod, shall be Thrown into the Caldron, there to-Burn. He whom the Temporal Chastisement Fails-to Convert, shall be Sent-to Burn Eternally (∞) in Hell-fire. Sinful Brother, Listen-to God, Who 'Addresses' Himself to your Heart, by this Chastisement, and Calls-on you, to do Penance. Tell me, what Answer do you make Him?

The Return of the Prodigal Son -
by REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn -
The Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

"Father, I have Sinned against Heaven, and before Thee. I am not now Worthy to be called Thy son" -
Luke 15:18,19
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The Prodigal Son, after having left his Father, thought no-more upon him, whilst he continued to-Live amid Delights; but when he saw himself Reduced-to that State-of-Misery, Described-in the Gospel; Poor, Deserted, Obliged-to Tend Swine, and not allowed-to Fill himself with the Food, wherewith the Swine were-Filled; then he came-to himself, and said: "How many Hired Servants in my Father's House, abound-with Bread, and I here Perish with Hunger" - Luke 15:17. "I will Arise and go to my Father" - Luke 15:18. And so he did, and was Lovingly Received-by his Father. Brother, you have to do in like manner. You see the Unhappy Life, you have hitherto led, by Living away-from God; a Life full-of Thorns and Bitterness; a Life which could not be otherwise, as being without God, Who Alone can 'Give' Content. You see how many Servants-of God, who Love Him, Lead a Happy Life, and Enjoy Continual Peace, the Peace-of-God, which, as the Apostle says, 'Surpasses' all the Pleasures-of the Senses. "The Peace of God, which Surpasseth all Understanding" - Philippians 4:7. And what are you doing? Do you not feel that you Suffer a Hell in this Life? do you not know that you shall Suffer One, in the Next. Take Courage, say with the Prodigal: "I will Arise and Go-to my Father". I will Arise-from this Sleep-of-Death, this State-of-Damnation, and Return-to God. It is True, that I have sufficiently Outraged Him by Leaving Him, so-much against His Desire, but He is still my Father. "I will Arise and Go-to my Father". And when you shall Go-to that Father, what shall you Say-to Him? Say what the Prodigal said to his Father: "Father, I have Sinned against Heaven and before Thee. I am not now Worthy to be called Thy son" - Luke 15:18,19. Father, I Acknowledge my Error, I have done Ill to-Leave Thee, Who have so-much Loved me; I see now that I am no-longer Worthy to be-Called Thy Son; Receive me, at-least as Thy Servant; Restore-me, at-least to Thy Grace, and then Chastise me as Thou Pleasest.

Oh, Happy you, if you 'Say' and 'Do' thus! the same will-Happen you, which Befell the Prodigal Son. The Father, when he saw his Son 'Retracing' his steps, and Perceived-that he had Humbled himself for his Fault, not only did not 'Drive' him off ----- not only 'Received' him into his House, but Embraced and Kissed him, as his Son. "And running-to him, fell-upon his Neck and Kissed him" - Luke 15:20. He then 'Clothed' him with a Precious Garment, which 'Represents' the Robe-of-Grace: "Bring-forth Quickly the First Robe, and put it on him" - Luke 15:22. And he, moreover, makes a Great Feast, in the House, to-Commemorate the Recovery-of his Son, whom he looked-upon as Lost and Dead: "Let us Eat and make Merry, because this My Son was Dead, and is Come-to-Life again; was Lost, and is Found" - Luke 15:23,24.

 

 

Let us be Joyful, my Brethren; it is True that God appears-to be in-Wrath, but He is still our Father; let us 'Retrace' our steps in-Penance, and He will be-Appeased and 'Spare' us. Behold Mary our Mother, Praying for us on the one-hand, and on the other, 'Towards' us, saying, "In me is all Hope of Life and of Virtue; . . . come over to me All" - Ecclesiasticus 24:25,26. My Children, that Mother of-Mercy says to us, my Poor Afflicted Children, have Recourse to-me, and in-me, you shall Find all Hope; my Son 'Denies' me Nothing. You were Dead by Sin; Come to-me, Find-me, and you shall Find Life ----- the Life-of Divine Grace, which I shall Recover-for you, by My Intercession.

 

Prayer

O Jesus, my Redeemer, I Return Thee 'Thanks', for not-having Taken me out-of this Life, whilst I was Thy Enemy. How many Years have-Passed, since I Deserved-to be in-Hell! Had I Died-on such a Day, or on such a Night, what would have become of me for all Eternity? My God, I Return Thee 'Thanks'. I accept-of Death, as a Satisfaction-for my Sins, and I accept-of it the Manner, in-which it may Please Thee, to-send it to-me; but since Thou hast Waited-for me until now, oh, Wait-for me yet a little-Longer. Suffer me, therefore, that I may Lament my Sorrow a little. Give me Time to-Weep Over my Offences against Thee, before Thou comest to-Judge me.

I will no-longer 'Resist' Thy Calls. Who knows but these Words, which I have just-Read, are Thy Last Call to me? I Acknowledge that I do not Deserve Mercy: Thou hast Pardoned me so-often, and I have again, Ungratefully Offended Thee. A Contrite and Humble Heart, O God, Thou wilt not Despise. Ah, Lord, since Thou canst not Despise a Humble and Penitent Heart, behold the Traitor who, Humbled and Repentant, has Recourse-to Thee. Cast me not away-from Thy Face. Thou hast said, Him that Cometh-to Me, I will not Cast-out. It is True that I have Offended Thee more than others, because I have been Favored more than others, with Light and Grace; but the Blood Thou hast Shed-for me, gives me Courage, and Proffers Pardon to me, if I 'Repent'. Yes, O my Sovereign Good, I do Repent-with my whole Soul, for having Insulted Thee. Pardon me, and give me Grace to-Love Thee for the Future. I have long-enough Offended Thee. As for the remainder-of my Life, no, my Jesus, I will not spend it in-Offending Thee; I will spend it wholly in Weeping-over the Displeasure I have given Thee, and in Loving Thee with all my Heart, O God, Worthy-of Infinite Love.

O Mary, my Hope, Pray-to Jesus for me.

Amen

 

Ancient Miraculous Prayer to Saint Joseph
Patron of Departing Souls

This Prayer was found in the Fiftieth Year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles, when he was going into Battle. Whoever shall Read this Prayer, or Hear it, or Keep it about themselves, shall never Die a Sudden Death, or be Drowned, nor shall Poison take-effect on them; neither shall they Fall into the Hands of the Enemy, nor shall they be Burned in any Fire, nor shall they be Overpowered in Battle.

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O Saint Joseph, whose Protection is so Great, so Strong, so Prompt before the Throne of God, I Place in you, all my Interests and Desires.

O Saint Joseph, do Assist me by your Powerful Intercession, and Obtain for me from your Divine Son, all Spiritual Blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having Engaged here below your Heavenly Power, I may Offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never Weary Contemplating you and Jesus Asleep in your Arms; I dare not approach while He Reposes near your Heart. Press Him in my name and Kiss His Fine Head for me, and ask Him to Return the Kiss when I Draw my Dying Breath, Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, Pray for us.

Amen

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Many Miracles have been attributed to this Daily Prayer.
Make this Prayer known everywhere . . .

 

Consecration to God thru Mary