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Speaking of great Bishop-Saints – Saint Alphonsus’ 50 maxims for attaining perfection September 23, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, manhood, mortification, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.

A couple months ago I posted some spiritual maxims from the great Moral Doctor Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.  When one considers some of the inestimably great Saints who were also bishops of the Church’s glorious past, none shine brighter than the humble founder of the Redemptorists. Such an example he sets for the bishops of our time  A reader sent a list that is a bit more concise and focused, in terms of the attainment of perfection by individual souls.  Even though some of the below may be a repeat of what I posted last July, it is very much worth sharing again!  There is so much of value below, as in all Saint Alphonsus’ works!  I invoke this great Saint as the patron and protector of this blog!  I pray you find the below as edifying and useful as I did, and I thank reader TB for bringing it to my attention:

  1. To desire ardently to increase in the love of Jesus Christ.
  2. Often to make acts of love towards Jesus Christ. Immediately on waking, and before going to sleep, to make an act of love, seeking always to unite your own will to the will of Jesus Christ.
  3. Often to meditate on his Passion.
  4. Always to ask Jesus Christ for his love.
  5. To communicate often, and many times in the day to make spiritual Communions.
  6. Often to visit the Most Holy Sacrament.
  7. Every morning to receive from the hands of Jesus Christ himself your own cross.
  8. To desire Paradise and death, in order to be able to love Jesus Christ perfectly and for all eternity.
  9. Often to speak of the love of Jesus Christ.
  10. To accept contradictions for the sake of Jesus Christ[especially relevant today]
  11. To rejoice in the happiness of God.
  12. To do that which is most pleasing to Jesus Christ, and not to refuse him anything that is agreeable to him.
  13. To desire and to endeavor that all should love Jesus Christ.
  14. To pray always for sinners and for the souls in purgatory.
  15. To drive from your heart every affection that does not belong to Jesus Christ.
  16. Always to have recourse to the most holy Mary, that she may obtain for us the love of Jesus Christ.
  17. To honor Mary in order to please Jesus Christ.
  18. To seek to please Jesus Christ in all your actions,
  19. To offer yourself to Jesus Christ to suffer any pain for his love.
  20. To be always determined to die rather than commit a willful venial sin.
  21. To suffer crosses patiently, saying, “Thus it pleases Jesus Christ.
  22. To renounce your own pleasures for the love of Jesus Christ.
  23. To pray as much as possible.
  24. To practice all the mortifications that obedience permits.
  25. To do all your spiritual exercises as if it were for the last time.
  26. To persevere in good works in the time of aridity.
  27. Not to do nor yet to leave undone anything through human respect.
  28. Not to complain in sickness.
  29. To love solitude, to be able to converse alone with Jesus Christ.
  30. To drive away melancholy [i.e. gloom].
  31. Often to recommend yourself to those persons who love Jesus Christ.
  32. In temptation, to have recourse to Jesus crucified, and to Mary in her sorrows.
  33. To trust entirely in the Passion of Jesus Christ.
  34. After committing a fault, not to be discouraged, but to repent and resolve to amend.
  35. To do good to those who do evil.
  36. To speak well of all, and to excuse the intention when you cannot defend the action.
  37. To help your neighbor as much as you can.
  38. Neither to say nor to do anything that might vex him. And if you have been wanting in charity, to ask his pardon and speak kindly to him.
  39. Always to speak with mildness and in a low tone.
  40. To offer to Jesus Christ all the contempt and persecution that you meet with.
  41. To look upon [religious] Superiors as the representatives of Jesus Christ.
  42. To obey without answering and without repugnance, and not to seek your own satisfaction in anything.
  43. To like the lowest employment.
  44. To like the poorest things.
  45. Not to speak either good or evil of yourself.
  46. To humble yourself even towards inferiors.
  47. Not to excuse yourself when you are reproved.
  48. Not to defend yourself when found fault with.
  49. To be silent when you are disquieted [i.e. upset].
  50. Always to renew your determination of becoming a saint, saying, “My Jesus, I desire to be all Yours, and You must be all mine.”

I would declare, with great certitude, that were one to observe all the above, one’s salvation would be assured.  But the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Ask Saint Alphonsus to assist you in diligent adherence to every maxim in that list!  He is a great, gentle, powerful, efficacious Saint, and he wants to help you!

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, pray for our salvation and for the good of Holy Mother Church!

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1. Baseballmom - September 23, 2014

Beautiful reminders… Especially at this most difficult time.

2. TG - September 23, 2014

Thanks for that list. I’ll have to print it to remind me. He’s one of my favorite saints.

3. LaGallina - September 24, 2014

My ipad was on the kitchen counter open on this post. My husband read it, and when I came into the room he said, “I just read this list. All the years we have been going to our (N.O.) parish, I have never heard one of these things mentioned by the priest.”

Thanks for the lesson.

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