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St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, Doctor of the Church

WORKS ON LINE-----------------------------BIO-SKETCH

WORKS ON LINE:

COMPLETE WORKS ONLINE------------------EXCERPTED WORKS ONLINE
PRAYERS-----------------------------------CHRISTMAS, OTHER



Complete Works Online

AVE MARIA, The Fountain of Catholic Knowledge

NATURAL CALAMITIES, DIVINE THREATS AND THE FOUR GATES OF HELL
UNIFORMITY WITH GOD'S WILL


Excerpted Works Online


THE MERCY OF GOD, THE ABUSE OF THE GOD'S MERCY, AND THE DELUSIONS OF THE DEVIL
VISITS TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

THE PRACTICE OF THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST

RECOLLECTION, THE TENTH STEP TO HOLINESS


Meditations for Advent:

The Eternal Word is Made Man, Part 1
The Eternal Word is Made Man, Part 2
The Eternal Word is Made Man, Part 3
The Eternal Word is Made Man, Part 4
The Eternal Word Being Great Becomes Little, Part 1
The Eternal Word Being Great Becomes Little, Part 2
The Eternal Word From Being Lord Became a Servant, Part 1
The Eternal Word From Being Lord Became a Servant, Part 2
The Eternal Word Becomes as it Were Guilty Part 1
The Eternal Word Becomes as it Were Guilty Part 2
The Eternal Word Becomes as it Were Guilty Part 3
The Eternal Word Became Weak Part 1
The Eternal Word Became Weak Part 2
The Eternal Word Has Made Himself Ours Part 1
The Eternal Word Has Made Himself Ours Part 2
Discourse on the Name of Jesus, Part 1
Discourse on the Name of Jesus, Part 2
Discourse on the Name of Jesus, Part 3
The Goodness of God
The Grandeur of the Mystery of the Incarnation
The Love of God for Men
The Word Made Man in the Fullness of Time
The Abasement of Jesus
Jesus Enlightens the World and Glorifies God
The Son of God Laden with All Our Iniquities
God Send His Son to Die and Restore Us to Life
The Love of the Son of God in the Redemption
Jesus, the Man of Sorrows from the Womb of His Mother
Jesus Charged with the Sins of the Whole World
Jesus Suffers His Whole Life
Jesus Wished to Suffer So Much to Gain Our Hearts
The Greatest Sorrow of Jesus
The Poverty of the Infant Jesus
Jesus Is the Fountain of Grace
Jesus Is the Charitable Physician of Our Souls
We Should Hope All Things from the Merits of Jesus Christ

THE PASSION OF CHRIST:

The Sight of our Sins Afflicted Jesus from the First Moment of His Life
The Desire that Jesus had to Suffer for Us
The Seven Words Spoken by Jesus Christ on the Cross
The Hope Which We Have in the Death of Jesus Christ

NOVENA TO THE SACRED HEART: ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

THE DIGNITY AND DUTIES OF THE PRIEST BY LIGUORI:

DEVOTION TO MOST HOLY MARY NECESSARY FOR PRIESTS
THE DIGNITY OF THE PRIESTHOOD
THE END OF THE PRIESTHOOD
THE SANCTITY NECESSARY FOR THE PRIEST
THE CHASTISEMENT OF THE SINFUL PRIEST
THE INJURY DONE TO THE PRIEST BY TEPIDITY
THE SIN OF INCONTINENCE
THE SACRILEGIOUS MASS
THE SIN OF SCANDAL
THE ZEAL OF THE PRIEST PART 1
THE ZEAL OF THE PRIEST PART 2
THE CELEBRATION OF MASS
THE GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE PRIEST
THE VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD
THE CHASTITY OF THE PRIEST

MAXIMS FOR PRIESTS

OUR LADY:

MARY, HOPE OF SINNERS
MARY, QUEEN OF MARTYRS

VARIOUS PRACTICES AND DEVOTIONS IN HONOR THE DIVINE MOTHER
THE VIRTUES OF MARY


THE GLORIES OF MARY

THE CHARITY OF MARY IN TWO PARTS
THE CHASTITY OF MARY
MARY, OUR LIFE, OBTAINS FOR US PERSEVERANCE

MARY, OUR LIFE AND OUR SWEETNESS PART 1
MARY, OUR LIFE AND OUR SWEETNESS PART 2
MARY, OUR LIFE AND OUR SWEETNESS PART 3

PRAYERS BY ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI TO THE SORROWFUL MOTHER

Excerpts, Prayers and Other:

Mary, Our Life and Sweetness Part 1
 Mary, Our Life and Sweetness Part 2
Mary, Our Life and Sweetness Part 3

Prayers to Our Lady:

Prayer of Hope
Prayer of Confidence
Prayer of Refuge
A Sinner's Prayer
Prayer for Past Ingratitude
Prayer to the Mother of Mercy


ASPIRATIONS OF LOVE TO JESUS CHRIST
ACCLAMATIONS TO MARY 1
ACCLAMATIONS TO MARY 2


Prayers to Mary from the Writings [The Glories of Mary]:

PRAYER OF CONFIDENCE IN MARY
DEDICATION OF ONE'S SELF TO MARY
DEDICATION OF A FAMILY TO MARY
PRAYER FOR PERSEVERANCE
PRAYER FOR LOVE OF JESUS AND MARY
PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH
ASPIRATIONS FROM THE SAINTS AND HOLY MEN
PRAYER TO OUR MOTHER
PRAYER TO OUR LADY BASED ON ST. BONAVENTURE AND ST. JOHN BERCHMANS
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN BY ST. EPHREM
PRAYER OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
PRAYER OF THE DEVOUT BLOSIUS
TRADITIONAL ASPIRATIONS

DISCOURSE ON THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION


CHRISTMAS------OTHER:

DARTS OF FIRE

CHRISTMAS HYMNS:

ODE ON THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR
THE MADONNA'S LULLABY
ST. JOSEPH ADDRESSING THE DIVINE CHILD JESUS
TO THE INFANT JESUS IN THE CRIB
TO THE INFANT JESUS


The Litany of St. Alphonse Liguori


BIO-SKETCH:

St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, Doctor of the Church

August 2

1696-1787


Born on September 21 at Marianelli near Naples, Italy, the son of a captain of the royal galleys, he received his doctorate in both canon and civil law at the University of Naples when only sixteen and practiced law very successfully for the next eight years. He abandoned the practice of law when through an oversight he lost an important case, decided to become a priest, joined the Oratorians, and was ordained in 1726. He served as a missionary around Naples for two years, taught for a year, and in 1730, at the invitation of Bishop Thomas Falcoia, whom he had met while teaching, he went to Castellamare. During a nuns' retreat he was conducting at Scala, he met Sister Mary Celeste and became convinced that her vision of a new religious order, which coincided with a vision Bishop Falcoia had experienced earlier in Rome, was genuine, and reorganized her convent according to the rule she had been given in the vision in 1731, thus founding the Redemptorines. He moved to Scala and n 1732 organized the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer [the Redemporists], devoted to mission work, and using a hospice of the nuns at Scala for headquarters, with Bishop Falcoia as nominal superior. Dissension broke out almost immediately; Sister Mary Celeste left and founded a convent at Foggia, and in 1733 all the members of Alphonsus' group except one lay brother left to found their own congregation. New postulants were recruited, and in 1734 a second foundation was made at Villa degli Schiavi, and Alphonsus went there to live. In 1738 Scala had to be abandoned after Villa degli Schiavi had been closed the previous year. Despite all the difficulties, the congregation grew, and in 1743, on the death of Bishop Falcoia, a general council elected Alphonsus superior; Pope Benedict XIV approved the rule of the men in 1749 and of the women the following year. During this time Alphonsus was personally active in preaching missions in rural areas and small villages but was increasingly devoting himself to writing. He refused an appointment to the see of Palermo but in 1762 was obliged to accept appointment as bishop of Sant' Agata dei Goti. He inaugurated a program designed to reform the clergy, monasteries, and the entire diocese, and worked to alleviate the condition of the poor and the ignorant. Ill and inflicted with rheumatism that left him paralyzed until his death, he resigned his see in 1775 and retired to Nocera. Meanwhile, during this entire period, he had been engaged in running disputes with the anticlerical Marquis Bernard Tanucci, who governed Naples, 1734-76, as Prime Minister of Charles III of Spain, who had conquered Naples in 1734. Tanucci refused to grant royal approval for the Redemptorists and constantly threatened to suppress Alphonsus' congregation as disguised Jesuits (the Jesuits had been expelled from Spanish domains in 1767). In 1780, with a new governor in power, Alphonsus was tricked into signing and submitting for royal approval a new rule that completely altered his own rule, which had been papally approved in 1750; when this fraudulent role was approved by the King at Naples, a storm burst around Alphonsus. Pope Pius VI refused to accept the new rule, recognized the Redemptorists in the Papal States as the true Redemptorists, and a new superior was appointed to replace Alphonsus. For the last few years of his life, in addition to his ill health, he experienced deep spiritual depression and he went through a "dark night of the soul." But this period was replaced by a time of peace and light when he experienced visions, ecstasies, made prophecies that were later fulfilled, and reportedly performed miracles. He died on August 1 at Nocera. Alphonsus wrote profusely on moral, theological, and ascetical subjects [notably his Moral Theology], was constantly engaged in combating anticlericalism and Jansenism, and was involved in several controversies over probabilism. His devotional writings were most successful, especially his Glories of Mary. He was canonized in 1839 and was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871 by Pope Pius IX.  Some of his works can be found on line at Catholic Tradition. See Catholic Classics.

He is the patron of those with arthritis.


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