Chapter III
Love is not Jealous
(Envious)


Crucifixion with the Blessed Virgin, a Dominican Monk, and Saint John the Evangelist -
by ANDREA DA FIRENZE - from Pinacoteca, Vatican

 

Jesus Christ Died in-Battle, for us

Greater Love than this, no Man hath,
that a Man lay-down his Life, for his Friends.
(John 15:13 - Douay Rheims Bible)

Maiorem hac dilectionem nemo habet
ut animam suam quis ponat pro amicis suis.
(John 15:13 - Latin Vulgate Bible)

 

Some People make Perfection, Consist-in an Austere Life;
others in Prayer; others in Frequenting the Sacraments;
others in Almsgiving. But they Deceive themselves:
Perfect Sanctity consists-in Loving God with our Whole Heart.
Jesus Deserves our Love, because-of the Love He has Shown us,
in His Passion and Death.

 

Nota Bene: Bible Verses quoted-in this Book are from the English Douay-Rheims Translation, commissioned-by the Catholic Church.

 

Chapter III
Love is not Jealous
(Envious)

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Those who Love Jesus Christ, do not-'Envy' the Great Ones of this World, but only those who are Greater Lovers-of Jesus Christ. Since Christian Love, Desires Nothing-in this World, it cannot 'Envy' Earthly Prosperity.

There are Two (2) Types-of Envy: One (1) is Evil (or Sinful), and the Other (2) is Good (or Holy).

The Evil Type, Resents the Material Possessions of others.

But Holy Envy, far-from Wanting-to 'Imitate', rather Pities those who seek-Honors, and enjoy-Material Pleasures.

Those who 'Employ' Holy Envy, 'Seek' and 'Desire' God alone, and Want only to-Love Him as-much-as Possible. They therefore 'Envy' those who Love Him, more-than they do; for if they could, they would Love Him more-than All the Angels.

The only-Goal in the Life-of Persons, Striving-for Sanctity, is to-Please Almighty God. Worldly Persons, however, 'Seek' other Goals; they Wish-to Impress others, to-Receive the Highest Honors, and, if nothing else, to-Please Themselves. But the Saints have only One (1) Motive, for everything they do; to-Please God. The Treasure the Saints 'Desire', is the Possession-of God.

 

Purity of Intention

To-become Saints, we must not only 'Perform' Good Works, but we must 'Perform' them Well. And so, that our Works may be both Good and Perfect, they must be-done Solely-to Please God. It was said of Jesus Christ, in His Praise: "He hath done all-Things, Well" - Mark 7:37. Many-of our own Actions, may be Worthy-of-Praise; but, if they are Done-for some-other Reason, than the Glory-of-God, they are Often-of Little or No-Value, in God's Sight.

God 'Rewards' our Actions, according-to the Purity-of our Intention. We should, therefore, 'Examine' what we do, in this-Light. How many-of us Lose All, or Part-of the Merit-of our Actions, because they are not Done-for God alone? So-many-of our Holy Works, 'Gain' Little or Nothing, because they are Done-for Worldly Honor, or Strictly out-of Self-interest.

"Take Heed, that you do not your Justice before-Men, to be Seen-by them: otherwise you shall not have a Reward-of your Father, Who is in Heaven. Therefore, when thou dost an Alms-deed, Sound-not a Trumpet before thee, as the Hypocrites do in the Synagogues and in the Streets, that they may be Honored-by Men. Amen I say to you, they have Received their Reward" - Matthew 6:1-2. Those who Work-for self-Gratification, have already Received their Reward. But, it is a Reward that soon Vanished-into Thin Air, and Confers no-Benefit, on the Soul. Such People are Disturbed, when they do not Reach the Goal, that they Sought-in their Labor. This is a Sign, that they did not do it, for the Glory-of-God.

Those who do things, Solely-for the Glory-of-God, are not-Troubled in the Least, even if their Work Fails. For, by Working-with a Pure Intention, they have already Attained their Goal, which was to-Please Almighty God.

 

Signs of Pure Intention

The following are the Signs which Indicate, whether-or-not we Work Solely-for God, in any Spiritual Work:

We are not Disturbed-at the Failure-of our Plans, because as-soon-as we Realize that it is not God's Will, it no-longer Remains our Own.

We Rejoice-at the Good others do, as-sincerely-as if we ourselves, had Done it.

We do not-Prefer one Work over Another, but Cheerfully 'Accept', what has been Assigned-by those in-Authority.

We do not-Seek Appreciation-for our Work, or are not-Troubled in-any-way, when we are Criticized, being Satisfied-with having-Pleased God.

Those who have the Will-of-God, as their only Goal in-Life, Possess a Liberty-of-Spirit, that is Enjoyed only by the Children-of God. This Helps them to-Embrace everything that Pleases Jesus Christ, no matter how Repugnant it may be, to Self-Love. It is the Love-of Jesus Christ, that makes His Lovers seem Totally Indifferent-to the Outcome-of their Plans. Everything - Sweet or Bitter - becomes the Same, to them. They desire not to-Please themselves, only to-Please God. They 'Approach' every Work - Large or Small - with the same Feelings-of Peace.

Many, on the other hand, are Willing to-Serve God, but only-in a 'Certain' Job, in a 'Certain' Place, or else they 'Quit', or 'Work' Resentfully. These People lack Freedom-of-Spirit, and are Slaves-to Self-Will. And so, they Gain little Merit, while Leading a Troubled Life. The Yoke-of Jesus Christ, becomes a Burden-to them.

Those who really Love Jesus Christ, 'Work' to do only what Pleases Him, because it Pleases Him. They Work when He Wills, where He Wills, and how He Wills. This is what is meant by Loving Jesus Christ, without Envy and with a Pure Intention. To put this into-Practice, we have to-Battle the Cravings-of our Self-Love, that Prompt us to-Seek important-Positions, more Suitable-to our Inclinations.

Further, we must become Detached-from all Activities, even Spiritual Ones, when we see that the Lord wants us Employed-in other Works. Some, for example, are Disturbed at being Obliged, by-Obedience or by-Charity, to-Leave their accustomed Devotions. But the Disturbances that Arise-on such Occasions, do not come-from God; they come-from the Devil, or from Self-Love.

 

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"O my God, make me a Saint"
Saint Alphonsus Mary Liguori

 

Prayer

Eternal God, I Offer You my Whole Heart. And what kind of Heart is it, O God? A Heart that was Created-to Love You, but which instead, has so many-times Rebelled against You. Jesus, if ever my Heart Rebelled, accept now my Sorrow for the Displeasure, I have given You.

My Redeemer, I am Sorry for having Scorned You. I Promise to Obey You in all things, and to Love You at all Costs. Draw me Completely-to Your Love, for the Sake of the Love which made You Die for me, on the Cross. I Love You, my Jesus, I Love You with my Whole Soul. This is my Goal in-Life: to-Love You always, my Highest Good. Make me Love You.

Mary, my Mother, Accept me as your Servant.

Amen