I've been picking up here and there a 30 page booklet recommended by my brother-in-law's wife called Uniformity with God's Will by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. It is very rich in wisdom. I keep it in my purse so if I'm waiting at a doctor's office or something I can pull it out. There is a story he shared in it that I wanted to share.
"Our Lord assured his apostles: 'Your joy no man shall take from you...That your joy may be full' (john 16:22.24). He who unites his will to God's, experiences a full and lasting joy; full, because he has what he wants, as was explained above; lasting, because no one can take his joy from him, since no one can prevent what God wills from happening.
The devout Father John Tauler relates this personal experience: For years he had prayed God to send him someone who would teach him the real spiritual life. One day, at prayer, he heard a voice saying: 'Go to such and such a church and you will have the answer to your prayers.' He went and at the door of the church he found a beggar, barefooted and in rags. He greeted the mendicant saying: 'Good day, my friend.'
'Thank you, sir, for your kind wishes, but I don recall ever having had a 'bad' day.'
'Then God has certainly given you a very happy life.'
'That is very true, sir. I have never been unhappy. In saying this I am not making any rash statement either. This is the reason: When I have nothing to eat, I give thanks to God; when it rains or snows, I bless God's providence; when someone insults me, drives me away, or otherwise mistreats me, I give glory to God. I said I've never had an unhappy day, and it's the truth, because I am accustomed to will unreservedly what God wills. Whatever happens to me, sweet or bitter, I gladly receive from his hands as what is best for me. Hence my unvarying happiness.'
'Where did you find God?'
'I found him where I left creatures.'
'Who are you anyway?'
'I am a king.'
'And where is your kingdom?'
'In my soul, where everything is in good order; where the passions obey reason, and reason obeys God.'
'How have you come to such a state of perfection?'
'By silence. I practice silence towards men, while I cultivate the habit of speaking with God. Conversing with God is the way I found and maintain peace of soul.'
Union with God brought this poor beggar to the very heights of perfection. In his poverty he was richer than the mightiest monarch; in his suffering, he was vastly happier than worldlings amid heir worldly delights."
Peace be with us all!