Conformity to God’s Will (Day 9) – pg. 62 – 65
Prayer of Blessed James Alberione (to be said daily) – pg. 27
Blessed Souls, YOU are suffering and asking suffrage from me; I am in great danger and need, and I await aid and protection from you. So for this (month or year) I will offer all my prayers and especially all my good works for you. And you in turn remember my needs; deliver me from the dangers I face, and in particular, obtain for me this grace (mention petition). And let the first of you to enter heaven not cease to plead for me before the Divine Mercy until I, too, arrive there. May the Sacred Heart bless this agreement. Amen.
“Father, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take away this cup from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” —Mark 14:36
The greatest sanctity on earth below, or in heaven above, is conformity to the will of God.
The souls in purgatory are entirely conformed to the will of God; therefore, they correspond with His goodness, are contented with all He ordains, and are entirely purified from the guilt of their sins. They are purified from sin because in this life they have abhorred sins and confessed them with true contrition; and for this reason God remits their guilt, so that only the stains of sin remain, and these must be devoured by the fire. Thus freed from guilt and united to the will of God, they see Him clearly according to that degree of light which He allows them, and they comprehend how great a good is the fruition of God, for which all souls were created.
Their zeal for appeasing God’s justice is so great that not only do they not decline to suffer, but they would also consent to their very annihilation for the greater glory of God; for God’s will is their will. They praise God’s justice, and their suffering is voluntary and loving. We must do God’s will on earth. This is how WE can avoid purgatory !
What have you done to accept your sorrows?
Graciously hear, O God, the fervent prayers we offer Thee for the suffering souls in purgatory, who, not having satisfied They justice, confide in Thine infinite mercy and our intercessions. Extend unto them Thy consolations, and redeem them, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
“God’s will—-nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
End of Day 9 Novena
My extra: We all have sorrows, some constant, some hourly, some daily, some weekly. Some in big packages, some in small packages, some expected, some unexpected, most of our own doing when using our “free will” to turn our back from “God’s will”.
Some sorrows are “God’s will”, and if we accept “God’s will”, we will see the good that comes out of that sorrow.
The saints are such wonderful examples for us in helping to strive daily in conforming to God’s will: St. Padre Pio suffered to save souls, along with St. Therese of Lisieux. Bl. John Paul II suffered for peace in the world, conversions, reparation of sin, and so much more, he showed us the correct way of dying vs. all of the extraneous measures that are taken for people, and then the insurance company’s turn around and say “sorry, we’re not paying for that, and then families are financially destroyed by “being saved by the humans on earth” “. This is not of “God’s will”, it is from the “human will”.
As I sit and type this I have to wonder……..is that why we were blessed with Pope John Paul II as the youngest pope ever……….to see him as a young, vibrant, healthy, vigorous Pope, moving into being a “victim” of an unsuccessful assassination, followed by the MIRACLE of him being saved by the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, then watching him age with NORMAL aging issues, and ending with a NATURAL DEATH. No human intervention, no heroic measures, which truly aren’t heroic at all……something that was supposed to be for the “betterment of society” instead went the way of insidious evil.
Why, insidious evil, you ask? Because if it was for the “betterment of society”, we would take care of our elderly, the infirm, the terminal, the ill. However, we don’t. Instead, society puts our elderly into nursing homes, or there is elder abuse, or there is the lack of basic normal decency in treating someone as the face of Jesus. On the other end of the spectrum is the care of our babies and children, or at times, lack of proper care. Most of us have been guilty of this, in one way or another. The insurance companies, obviously, have left God out of their equation, which only increases the insidious evilness of less care for the people who are need of it, be it life saving or normal care that is more then a band-aide and neosporin at home.
Instead, let us conform to God’s will, and we will see the miracles of God all around us.
Mother Theresa suffered for peace in the world, and to teach the world charity towards others. Little did we know how many of her years were spent in the dessert without the feeling of Jesus in her heart, yet she knew, she knew he was, and she persevered with FAITH. Now, we have a saint that we can look to knowing that whatever we are suffering in this world……….as long as we stay on the path of Jesus, in the end he will show us he was with us the whole time, and our reward will even be greater, as was Mother Theresa’s. Her last days were filled with the love, peace and glory of God. She saw Him, was physically enveloped by Him, SHE FELT HIM, physically, spiritually, in her heart and in her soul. All those years, which now seemed so short to her, she now reached for and won the golden ring……to spend eternity in Heaven with God, Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, all the angels, saints, all the people she helped in life, and her family, praising and glorifying God for all of the blessings he sends down upon us in this world, and that we so often miss. Her sorrows were constant and many, yet her faith persevered and she was greatly rewarded.
Some of my other favorite saints that I love: St. Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, St. Catherine Labore, St. Elizabeth of Hungrey, St. Maria Goretti, St. Rose of Lima, St. Theresa of Avila, St. John Bosco, St. Dominic Savio, St. John Neumann, St. Benedict, St. Dymphna, St. Ambrose, Sts. Anne & Joachim, St. Matthias, St. Bernadette, Bl. Jacinto & Francesco, Sr. Lucia, St. Gianna Molla & her husband Pablo, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Basil, St. Blaise, St. Stephen, St. Timothy, St. Lucy, St. Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, St. Robert Bellarmine………these are just a few of my favorite saints. I have so many sometimes I forget all of them. I love the Litany of the Saints, it’s a beautiful prayer to say thank you to them for all of their intercessory prayers.
As we all strive to grow in our holiness may you please show us the saints we need for our lives, to follow, emulate, to intercede for us, and to teach and guide us to stay on the path of Jesus. Amen.