"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."

St Augustine

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."

Blessed Henry Suso

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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St Alphonsus de Liguori  (1696 - 1787)

 

PRAYER
The great means of obtaining Salvation and all the graces which we desire of God

by St Alphonsus de Liguori

PART 2 
WHICH PROVES THAT THE GRACE OF PRAYER IS GIVEN TO ALL AND WHICH TREATS OF THE ORDINARY MODE IN WHICH THIS GRACE OPERATES

 
Introduction
 
Ch1. God wishes all men to be saved, and therefore Christ died to save all men.
1. God wishes all men to be saved
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Decision of the Church

    » The celebrated text of St Paul
    » Other texts of Scripture
    » General consent of the Fathers
2. Jesus Christ died to save all men
    » The testimony of holy Scripture
    » The teaching of the holy Fathers
3. Children who die without Baptism
   
Ch2. God commonly gives to all the Just the grace necessary for the observance of the Commandments and to all sinners the grace necessary for conversion
1. Proofs
    » Teaching of the Fathers of the Greek Church
    » Teaching of the Fathers of the Latin Church
    » Testimony of Holy Scripture
2. Obstinate or Hardened Sinners and the Abandonment of Them by God
       
Ch3. Exposition and confutation of Jansenius' system of 'delectation relatively victorious'
1. The system of Jansenius
    » Refutation of the first proposition
    » Refutation of the third proposition
2. The doctrine of St Augustine on the "Victorious Delectation" and on the Free Will
3. Continuation of the refutation of Jansenius and of his adherents
       
Ch4. God gives all men the grace to pray if they choose, as the "sufficient grace" which is common to all men is by itself enough for prayer
1. The principle theologians who teach this doctrine
2. The authority upon which this doctrine is based
    » Holy Scripture
    » The Council of Trent
    » The Holy Fathers
    » Reasons that justify this doctrine
    » Conclusion