The word "heliotropium" is the Latin name for an ancient plant which had the unique habit of turning to face the sun at all times. The plant's name is derived from two Greek words: helio, meaning "sun," and tropos, meaning "turn." The Roman writer Pliny wrote of this plant, "I have often spoken of the wonderful property of the heliotrope, which turns itself round with the sun, even on a cloudy day, so great is its love of that luminary. But at night it closes its azure flower, as if from missing its rays."

Thus the heliotrope excellently represents the attitude of the faithful soul toward the Will of God, which is represented by the sun. This sun must ever be gazed upon by us with fixed and unshrinking eye, in whatever direction its course may bend; and this one thing must we ever resolve in our mind: "As it pleases God, so does it please me. The Will of God alone is to me the rule of life and death. As it hath pleased the Lord so shall it be done. Blessed be the Name of the Lord."

--------Taken from Part II, Chapter II [heliotropium7.htm]

Conformity of the Human Will to the Divine

"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away . . . blessed be the name of the Lord."
Job 1:21




Book I

Chapter One: All Punishments Proceed from God
 Chapter Two: In What Way, and For What Reason, the Will of God Permits This and That
 Chapter Three: How The Divine Will Is to be Recognized By Means  of The Most Secret Judgments of God
 Chapter Four: How the Will of God May be Recognized in All Things
Chapter Five: Of How Many Kinds the Will of God Is, and in What Things Chiefly It Requires that Ours
Should Be Conformed To It

Book II

Chapter One: The Commencement of Conforming the Human Will to the Divine
Chapter Two: What Kind of Human Will is Most Suitable to This Conformity with the Will of God
Chapter Three: In What Way the Will of Man is to be Conformed to the Will of God
Chapter Four: With What Intention We Must Use the Prayer,-------"Thy Will be Done on Earth, as It is in Heaven!"
Chapter Five: What are the Marks and Signs of a Human Will Conformed to the Divine

Book III

Chapter One: How Great Tranquility of Mind Conformity of the Human Will to the Divine Produces
Chapter Two: Whether or No  It Can Be That One Should Never be Sad
Chapter Three: That This Conformity of the Human Will to the Divine is a Sacrifice Most Acceptable to God
Chapter Four: That All Human Perfection Consists in the Conformity of Man's Will to the Divine
Chapter Five:  That Conformity of the Human Will to the Divine is the Supreme Good
Chapter Six: That Conformity of the Human Will to the Divine is Heaven Out of Heaven, and True Happiness

Book IV

Chapter One: The Chief Hindurances to the Conformity of the Human Will with the Divine
Chapter Two: To What Destruction Man's Own Will Draws Him, If It Does Not Allow Itself to be Broken
Chapter Three: In What Way Man's Own Will is to be Brought into Subjection to the Divine in All Kinds of Adversity
Chapter Four: A Most Remarkable Instance of a Man Who Refused to Submit His Own Will to the Divine
Chapter Five: What Things Chiefly Strengthen the Perversity of One's Own Will
Chapter Six: That Nothing Belonging to One's Own Will Is to be Retained,
As Well as in Difficulties of All Kinds, as in Death Itself

Book V

Chapter One: That There Can be No Conformity to the Human Will to the Divine Without Great Trust in God
Chapter Two: Wherein Trust in God Consists
Chapter Three: In What Way Trust in God is to Be Confirmed and Encouraged in Adversity
Chapter Four: How Great Trust in God was Exhibited by All the Saints
Chapter Five: With How Great Rewards God Recompenses Man's Trust in Him
Chapter Six: That Trust in God without Knowledge of Divine Providence is Weak and Uncertain
Chapter Seven: How Great the Providence of God is in Reference to the Necessities of Life
Chapter Eight: How Great is the Providence of God Towards His Friends
Chapter Nine: How Great is the Providence of God Towards His Enemies as Well as His Friends
Chapter Ten: How Great Want of Trust in God is Yet Shown by Very Many
Chapter Eleven: That from the Knowledge of Divine Providence There Arises Great Trust in God, and from this Trust
Union with God and the Divine Will

Devotions from the Book:

Devotions from the Book: Page 1
Devotions from the Book: Page 2