Chapter XI
Love Believeth All Things


Crucifixion, with the Blessed Virgin Mary and St John - by LIEFERINXE, Josse - from Musée du Louvre, Paris

In this Depiction of the Crucifixion, Christ's Body hangs Dead, on the Cross-of-Salvation. Christ will Suffer no-more. His Heart has been Pierced-by a Lance, and Sheds Water-and-Blood, which are Symbolic-of the Birth of Christ's One-and-Only Catholic Church. Spectators have departed the Scene, leaving only God's Holy Mother, and Saint John. The Heaven's are filled with Rejoicing Angels, who Celebrate the Defeat of Satan by Jesus Christ. On the Cross remains the Body-and-Divinity of Jesus Christ, which will in-turn, 'Spend' Three (3) days in the Tomb, to be 'Eternally-United' after Three (3) Days, with the Soul-and-Divinity of Christ, on Easter Morning. At the Moment-of Christ's Death, when the Will-of-the-Father, and Defeat-of-Satan, had been 'Accomplished', Christ's Soul-and-Divinity 'Descended'-into Hell like a Lightening Bolt, and Satan and his followers were Forced to-'Acknowledge' their Defeat. One such Victory Scene is depicted under Christ's Left Arm, where we see Saint Michael, the Power-of-God, 'Driving'-out the Devils, who Imprisoned the the Just-Followers of-God in-Limbo, from the Time-of-Adam (Genesis), until Christ 'Triumphantly-Reopened' the Gates-of-Heaven (Ascension Thursday), for all the Faithful.

(Refer to 'Descent to Hell', for more Detail on this Subject)

 

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 XI
Love Believeth All Things

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

If we Truly Love another Person, we 'Believe' everything that Person says. And, the more we Love Jesus Christ, the more Lively and Unshaken is our Faith.

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

Natural Order

Body/Senses/Sex/
Psychosomatic Powers
Passions/Feelings/
(Subordinate-Partner)

Soul/Spirit/Intellect/
Superior Will/Faith/
Love/Reason/Mind/
(Dominant Partner)

Man is born a Rational Creature, with Body and Soul, into the Natural Order. Like God and the Angels, the Soul consists of an Intellect and a Will.
The Heart resides in the Soul of a Person
Anger and the other Passions reside in the Body.
Strength is Manifested-in our Control-of the Will of the Soul. God's Grace resides in the Soul, and gives it Strength.
Love and Charity are an Act-of the Will.

 

 

 

Faith is the Foundation-of Charity; but Faith, ultimately is Perfected-by Charity. Our Faith becomes Perfect, when our Love of God is most Perfect. Love brings-with it, not only Faith-of-Understanding, but also Faith-of-the-Will. ( Soul = Intellect + Will) Those who 'Believe' only-with their Intellect, but-not with their Will as Sinners who are completely Convinced-of the Validity-of the Truths-of-Faith, but who 'Choose' (an Act-of the Will) not to Live-by them are very Weak in Faith. If they Firmly 'Believed' that God is a Treasure without-Price, and that Sin - because it Robs them of His Grace - is the Greatest of Evils, they would certainly 'Change' their Lives. If, then, they Prefer some Miserable Trifle, to God, it is either because they do not 'Believe', or because their Faith is very Weak.

On the other hand, those who 'Believe' with both Intellect and Will, have Perfect Faith. They not only 'Accept', but Willingly Believe-in God, the Revealer of all Truth, because-of God's Love for them. They Rejoice-in their Faith, and therefore Try to-make their Lives Conform-to the Truth, in which they Believe.

The Lack-of Faith, on the Part-of Sinners, cannot be Blamed-on the Obscurity-of God's Truth; for God has-'Given' them Clear and Convincing Evidence-of these Truths. Often, their Weakness-of Faith, can be 'Traced'-to their Sinful Lives. Those who would rather Reject Divine Friendship, than 'Surrender' Sinful Pleasure, really 'Wish' there were no-Law, to- Haunt them. And so they Try to 'Blind' themselves to the Truth, because its Presence, 'Mingles' Bitterness with their Pleasure. Because of this, they Try to-'Prove' there is no Soul, no God, no Hell; and they 'Choose' (an Act-of the Will), to 'Live' and Die like Brute Animals, without Law and without Reason.

"God will 'Judge' them, by their Works"

Despite the Beliefs-of the Materialists, the Deists, and the Humanists, we know that God, in His Mercy, has 'Created' us to be Eternally (∞) Happy, in Heaven. He has 'Showered' us with Grace and Light, to 'Lead' us to Eternal (∞) Life. He has Redeemed us at the Cost of so-much Suffering. And yet, how many Try-to Deny Everything, so-that they may Sin, more-Freely. But, 'Try' as they may, they cannot 'Escape' the Fact, that God will 'Judge' them by their Works. If only they would 'Apply' themselves Earnestly-to the Love-of God, they would 'Cast-Aside' their Doubts, and 'Firmly-Believe' all the Truths, that God has 'Revealed'.

Those who really Love Jesus Christ, keep His Eternal (∞) Truths, Forever-before their Eyes, and Act in accord-with them. How thoroughly, do those who Love Jesus Christ, 'Realize' that Apparent-Greatness is nothing but Smoke-and-Ashes, and that their only Happiness, Lies-in Loving their Creator, and 'Doing' His Holy Will.

We are, in-Reality, no more than we are before God; and what Good will it be, that we 'Gain' the Whole World, if we Lose our Souls, in the Process? All the Goods-of the World, can never 'Fill' a Human Heart; only God Himself, can 'Fill' it.

Some-of Today's Christians 'Believe', but their Faith is not Complete. They 'Accept' the Gospel, the Trinity, Redemption, the Sacraments; yet they do not 'Believe' Completely. Jesus Christ has said:

How Blest are the Poor-in-Spirit

Blest too are the Sorrowing

Blest are they who Hunger and Thirst for Holiness

Blest are those, Persecuted for Holiness' sake

Blest are you, when they Insult you (Matthew 5:3-5:11)

Now 'Compare' this Gospel Teaching, to the 'Creed'-of those who 'Say' they Believe-in Christ and, in-Effect, say:

'Blest' are those who have Money

'Blest' are those who Suffer Nothing

'Blest' are those who 'Amuse' themselves

Pathetic are those who Suffer Persecution from others.

Either they do not 'Believe' the Gospel, or they 'Believe' only Part-of it. Those who 'Believe' All-of it, 'Consider' it a Grace

to be Poor,
to be Sick,
to be Mortified,
and to be Despised by others.

Such is the Faith, of those who 'Believe' All that is Written-in the Gospel, and such, too, is the Faith of those who have a Real Love, for Jesus Christ.

 

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

 

Prayer

My Beloved Redeemer, I firmly Believe that You are the only Good, Worthy-of being Loved. I Believe that You are the Greatest Lover of my Soul, since You Died for Love-of me. I Believe that there is no Greater Blessing, in this Life or the Next, than Loving You, and doing Your Holy Will. I firmly Believe all this, so that I may 'Belong' completely-to You, and 'Possess' You alone.

Help me, through the Merits-of Your Sacred Passion, and Make me what You Want me to-be.

I Believe in You, Infallible Truth.

I Trust in You, Infinite Mercy.

I give myself completely-to You, because You have Given Yourself completely-to me, in Your Passion, and in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Mary, Refuge-of-Sinners and Mother-of-God, I Place myself Entirely, in your hands.

Amen