The Practice of the
Love of Jesus Christ


Taken from Volume VI of
The Ascetical Works of Saint Alphonsus,
Edited-by REV. EUGENE GRIMM,
Priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
M. H. GILL & SON, 1887

 

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.

 

The Practice of the
Love of Jesus Christ

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Because Saint Alphonsus would not Lose sight-of his Redeemer, all of his Works have as their Goal, a Growing 'Union' between Christian and Christ. Over-and-over he 'Reminds' us that 'Surface' Christianity is not enough. We must 'Surrender'-to the Overwhelming Force-of the Love-of-Christ, and 'Allow' ourselves to-become 'Transformed'-into, the Redeeming Christ.

In an Effort, therefore, to-Bring the Force-of this most-Important Work-of Saint Alphonsus to a Wider Audience, this Edition Eliminates the Examples and Illustrations that are Extrinsic-to the Flow-of the Saint's Doctrine. What remains is Truly "the Spirit of Saint Alphonsus", a Spirit that is Uncompromising-in its Pursuit of the Love-of Jesus Christ, as it is Found-in the Gospel.

 

Foreword

Introduction

Chapter I - Love is Patient

Chapter II - Love is Kind

Chapter III - Love is not Jealous (Envious)

Chapter IV - Love is not Snobbish (Blind to what is Holy)

Chapter V - Love does not put on Airs

Chapter VI - Love is never Rude (Ambitious or Arrogant)

Chapter VII - Love is not Self-Seeking

Chapter VIII - Love is Not Prone to Anger

Chapter IX - Love does not Rejoice in what is Wrong, but Rejoices with the Truth

Chapter X - Love Beareth All Things

Chapter XI - Love Believeth All Things

Chapter XII - Love Hopeth All Things

Chapter XIII - Love Endureth All Things

Summary of the Virtues Necessary for Growth in the Love of Jesus Christ