God Governs All Things
From the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori
Nothing happens in this world but by the direction or permission of God. "Nothing," says St. Augustine, "occurs by chance in the whole course of our life. God rules over all."
If we allow these words to penetrate into the depths of our souls, we will never regard what comes to us from God's hands as hurtful. "God is so good," writes Saint Dionysius, "that He, who alone needs nothing for Himself, is constantly producing good for others. He is so glorious and magnificent that through the unattainable and inexpressible fullness of His love He conducts all things to their perfection."
Yes, God wills only our good, our salvation. It is His will not merely that no one should perish, but that all should save and sanctify themselves. Can we find anyone who loves us more than God does? God is infinite goodness and glories in our sanctity and happiness. St. Leo says, "It is the nature of goodness to communicate itself to others; therefore, God, who is infinite goodness, has an intense desire to make the souls of men partakers of His bliss and glory."
"All the works of God are perfect," say the Fathers of the Church, "performed with fitting weight and measure." They are directed with omnipotent wisdom. We should, as Saint Basil recommends, be thoroughly convinced that we are the work of a good Master, who, with infinite foresight, is occupied at all times with us, His creatures. Under His loving protection, nothing can befall us contrary to His will.
For our good, God is sometimes compelled to visit us with sickness, trouble, or other painful afflictions. Then He acts like a good physician who must effect a cure by using the knife. How gently He makes the incision! With what tender care He dresses the wound! His whole aim is to inflict no more pain than is unavoidable for the success of the operation.
Our Lord complained to St. Gertrude of man's lack of confidence in His loving designs. "Would that My friends deemed Me less harsh," Jesus said to the saint. "Let them do Me the justice of believing that if sometimes I oblige them to serve Me laboriously and at a sacrifice, it is for their good, and their supreme good alone. If instead of being irritated at their troubles or against their enemies, they would consider these but the instruments of My paternal bounty! As the rod in the hands of a father correcting his son must obey the will of him who strikes with it, so are the wicked the rod with which I chastise My children. I act thus in love. Were not contradiction and correction necessary to cure their faults or increase their eternal glory, never would I permit that even a rough wind should blow upon them! A right understanding of these things would fill them with pity instead of indignation for their enemies, for in thus purifying the good, the sinners often stain themselves with grievous sins."
This photo of the Holy Father is almost prophetic. Notice how Our Lady's portrait engulfs and protects him from the evils surrounding him. The modernist portrayal of the Risen Christ is almost ghoulish amidst the gnarled branches of a dead tree.
How well it depicts the state of affairs inside the Vatican today wherein the Holy Father is virtually imprisoned by the modernists and satanists that surround him.
Our Lady said the Pope will be persecuted and note, as always, She is there to protect. All these evils will be overcome when the Holy Father consecrates Russia in the manner that Our Lady of Fatima requested.
Benefits of Abandonment to Divine Providence
God sends us nothing that is too hard or too painful to bear. He proportions all to our strength and abilities. Our trials are suited to our needs as the glove to the hand of the wearer. All things will contribute to our sanctification if we but cooperate with the designs of Divine Providence.
When tribulations overwhelm us, let us not grow impatient. God metes out our trials and temptations with most merciful consideration. He has measured their extent. He has set limits to their duration. He watches that they should further our salvation and not cause our ruin. Tribulations are essential means for our salvation. "For in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation." We are, in the hands of God, like blocks of marble in the hands of sculptors. To form a beautiful statue, the workman must use the chisel and the hammer, must hew and carve the marble. God intends to fashion us to His own image; therefore, we must submit to His skillful hand. Every stroke is a master-touch toward our sanctification. Our sanctification and His own honor are the only ends God has in view in all that He sends us. What great things He would effect in us for His own glory and our perfection if we permitted Him to act!
To abandon ourselves with unlimited confidence to the Divine dispensations is indeed most salutary. Let us in all circumstances, under all conditions, place ourselves entirely in the hands of God, for He will certainly care for us. Let our thoughts be fixed on God and on the fulfillment of His will and He will be mindful of us and of our good. "Daughter," said our Savior to Saint Catherine of Siena, "do you think of Me, I will ever think of you."
Once St. Gertrude returned thanks to God for the wisdom of His Divine Providence in governing all the events of her life, both spiritual and temporal, in prosperity and adversity. Addressing her with the greatest possible tenderness, Jesus said, "I take you under My protection more especially than any other creature." From this, St. Gertrude knew that when anyone renders thanks to the Divine Goodness, and abandons himself with confidence and gratitude to His holy Providence, God takes particular care of him.
The holy Abbot Nilus used to say, "We should never pray to God that He may grant what we desire, but that His will may be accomplished in us." And whenever things that are contrary befall us, let us accept them all from God s hand, not merely with patience but with joy.
One night when St. Gertrude was suffering intensely, Jesus appeared to her carrying health in His right hand and sickness in His left, and offered her the choice of whichever she preferred. Putting aside both His hands, she inclined toward His Heart, and answered, "Lord, I choose neither. I desire only the good pleasure of Your Heart!" Then Jesus, causing a fountain of grace to spring from His Heart, made it flow into that of Gertrude, saying: "Since you renounce your own will to abandon it entirely unto Mine, I pour into you all the sweetness and all the joy of My Divine Heart."
God's Will Must Guide Our Will
God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving. He directs all things for our supreme good. Neither an angel's nor a man's will can be good if it does not correspond to the will of God. The more our will is in conformity with the will of God, the better and more perfect it is. The less it corresponds, the more wicked and perverse it is. The will of God alone is the rule and guide for every will in Heaven and on earth.
Masters of the spiritual life say that although God accepts the desire which some souls have to suffer for Him, He takes greater complacency in the conformity of those who wish neither joy nor suffering, but who resign themselves entirely to His holy will.
God does, indeed, take pleasure in Holy Communion, acts of charity toward our neighbor, mental prayer and mortification; but under what condition? When they are done in conformity to His will. If they are not done according to the will of God, they are not acceptable to Him, and may even be deserving of punishment. Suppose a man has two servants. One labors incessantly, but always after his own inclination; the other does less work, but always follows the directions of his master. Without doubt, the master will have a great esteem for the latter, and little or no regard for the former.
It Is Folly to Resist the Will of God
How great is the folly of those who resist the will of God! They must of necessity endure afflictions, because no one can prevent the accomplishment of the Divine decrees. They must suffer without deriving any benefit from their trials. They cause themselves great disquietude in this world and draw down upon themselves still greater chastisements in the life to come. What will it profit the sick person to cry out impatiently amid his pains, or the poor man to complain of God in his misery, or even to go so far as to accuse God of injustice? By so doing he will only increase his misery. God has charged Himself with our eternal welfare, and yet we want to take things into our own hands! God knows best.
Let us seek God, unite ourselves with His will, and we will be happy in this life and in the next. "My dear child," says Our Lord, "know that I am your Creator, your Savior, and your God. Your body and your soul are in My hands; I give you all that you need: the air you breathe, the bread you eat. By My orders the elements and even the angels serve you. And, more than all that, I love you. For love of you I willed to be born in a stable, to die on the Cross - all to expiate your sins, to save your soul from perdition, and to have you with Me eternally in glory and happiness. Now, can you think that I would do you any wrong? What more can you expect from Me, since I have washed you in My Blood, fed you with My Flesh, given you My Body and Soul, My Life and Divinity? What stronger evidence could I give you of My loving designs in your regard?"
Unite Yourself Always and in All Things to the Will of God
Whenever you feel disturbed by trials or adversities, consider them as coming from God. Say with love and humility, "God wills it thus," and be at peace. Direct all your thoughts and prayers to this end: that God may accomplish His adorable will in your regard. St. Teresa offered herself as a sacrifice to God at least fifty times a day, that He might accept her as a victim and dispose of her according to His good pleasure. Do you, likewise, often repeat: "My God, dispose of me and of all that belongs to me according to Thy good pleasure."