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Tuesday August 1 - Week 17

Feast of St Alphonsus Liguori

God and Moses have a new place to converse.. the Meeting Tent. Moses speaks to God for the people and God speaks through Moses to the people. The Tent is their assurance of God's abiding presence.

All things changed with the Incarnation of Jesus. Through our Baptisms we are no longer called slaves, but friends - adopted sons and daughters of the Father. Through this great gift we can go to Godr directly as Abba... Father. 

From Saint a Day App

St. Alphonsus Liguori
Alphonsus was born near Naples, Italy, in 1696. He received his degree in law at the age of sixteen and became a successful lawyer. But a mistake he made in court caused him to lose an important case, and Alphonsus decided to leave his practice to follow his true calling to be a priest. His father, who had high expectations for his son, tried to persuade him not to do it. However, Alphonsus had made up his mind. He joined the Oratorians and was ordained in 1726. His life was filled with activity. He preached and wrote books. He started a religious congregation called the Redemptorists. Alphonsus offered wise spiritual direction and brought peace to people through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He also wrote hymns, played the organ, and painted pictures.

St. Alphonsus wrote sixty books. This is incredible considering his many other responsibilities. He also was often sick. He had frequent headaches, but would hold something cold against his forehead and keep doing his work.

Although he was naturally inclined to be hasty, Alphonsus tried to control himself. He became so humble that when the pope wanted to make him a bishop in 1762, he gently said “no.” When the pope’s messengers had come in person to tell him of the pope’s choice, they called Alphonsus “Most illustrious Lord.” Alphonsus said, “Please don’t call me that again. It would kill me.” The pope knew that Alphonsus would help the church greatly and appointed him bishop of St. Agatha of the Goths. Alphonsus sent many preachers all over his diocese. The people needed to be reminded again of the love of God and the importance of their religion. Alphonsus told the priests to preach simple sermons. “I never preached a sermon that the simplest person in the church could not understand,” he said.

As he got older, St. Alphonsus suffered from illnesses. He had painful rheumatism and became crippled. He grew deaf and almost blind. He also had disappointments and suffered from depression. But he had great devotion to the Blessed Mother as we know from his famous book called The Glories of Mary.The trials were followed by great peace and joy and a holy death.

Alphonsus died in 1787 at the age of ninety-one. Pope Gregory XVI proclaimed him a saint in 1839. Pope Pius IX proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church in 1871.

We can increase our devotion to our Blessed Mother by reading about her, and especially by praying to her. Let’s ask St. Alphonsus to help us love Mary as he did.

 

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