50 Maxims for becoming a Saint! (from St Alphonsus Liguori)

I’ve recently come to love Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Here are his “50 Maxims.” Print them out and paste them next to your mirror so that you read a few every day:

Maxims for the Direction of a Soul that Desires to Obtain Perfection in the Love of Jesus Christ
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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.

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.

37. 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 employments.

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.

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.”

Source: The Incarnation, Birth, and Infancy of Jesus Christ 1927

St Alphonsus Liguori, Pray for us! Sancta Alphonsus Liguori, Ora Pro Nobis! Amen

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  • andrew

    shouldn’t it be Sanctus Alphonsus Liguori?

  • crazyivan

    Thanks for sharing this! SAL was the first saint I ever asked to pray for me, and I am convinced he played a special role in my conversion to the Catholic Church. You don’t often hear much about him, but I would love to see that change.

  • Paul

    I have been reading “The Glories of Mary” for some time now, and I highly recommend it to everyone out there, whether Catholic or not. Saint Alphonsus De Maria Liguori pray for us.

  • Danny & Amanda Diab

    Thank you very much for sharing this. God be with you.

  • Danny & Amanda Diab

    Thank you very much for sharing this. God be with you.

  • Danny & Amanda Diab

    Thank you very much for sharing this. God be with you.

  • Danny & Amanda Diab

    Thank you very much for sharing this. God be with you.

  • Danny & Amanda Diab

    Thank you very much for sharing this. God be with you.

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  • Patrick Bonaventure de la Cruz

    Thank you very much Taylor!  I will print for myself a copy of these maxims so that I may be reminded always of the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Indeed, what changes a person is that which touches his heart the most.  And when our hearts are set on fire with love can we truly listen and speak to the Heart of God: Cor ad cor loquitur (heart speaks to the heart).

    May the love and the unending mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ fills us and spur us on to become saints — not for our glory and glamor on this earth, but for the sake of the work of His Church, and for our beatitude and with Him in eternity.

  • suzyq2

    Thank you very much for these little daily helpers. I loved St. Alphonsus’ stations of the cross when I was a kid – “Grant that I may love Thee always, then do with me what Thou wilt.” 

  • Miss Victoria A. Howard

    I have a cherished copy of St. Alphonsus Liguori’s “The True Spouse of Jesus Christ” which I recommend to everyone.  No matter what happens to me as his spouse and anchoress, he finds a way never to lose me.  Even when I give in to popular opinion and get into something dangerous, he always finds a way for me to sail right back to him.  Such as when a man takes a fancy to me.  He always makes that man lose interest even before we have ever dated or even been in the same room.  No man has been able to accomplish it yet.  He always changes his mind!  Then, I find myself owing him nothing, and owing everything to Jesus!  It happens every time!