Who was St. Alphonsus Liguori?
1696-1787, Naples, Italy
lawyers, arthritis, confessors, moral theologians
down-to-earth preaching, founding the Redemptorist missionary order, work in moral theology, devotion to Mary and the Blessed Sacrament
- “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
- “He who prays is saved.”
- “Know also that you will probably gain more by praying fifteen minutes before the Blessed Sacrament than by all the other spiritual exercises of the day.”
- “Your God is ever beside you – indeed, He is even within you.”
- “Perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s.”
- “When we see a beautiful object, a beautiful garden, or a beautiful flower, let us think that there we behold a ray of the infinite beauty of God, who has given existence to that object.”
- He was a successful lawyer before becoming a priest, as well as an accomplished writer, artist, poet, and musician.
- Not just some boring theologian, St. Alphonsus put his faith in action. He abandoned a life of privilege to care for the poor and marginalized of Naples and teach them the basics of the Faith.
- Arthritis bent his head into his chest, a deformity he suffered for his last twenty years.
- He composed a collection of famous mediations on the Stations of the Cross, still in use today.
- He is one of the Doctors of the Church, a title given to recognize the great teachers of the Catholic faith.