This saint is a particularly awesome one. St. Alphonsus started an order, wrote 111 books about theology and philosophy, fostered a huge devotion to the Sacred Heart of Mary, and was a musician poet, and painter as well!
Born into a fairly well-to-do family in 1696, and getting his doctorate from the university of Naples at the tender age of 16, he became a lawyer. However, one day (August 28th, 1723, to be exact) when he was volunteering at a hospital, he realized that he had a vocation to the priesthood. Incurring the wrath of his family, he consecrated himself solely to God and was ordained in 1726. He traveled for years around Naples, often sleeping with the beggars and orphans of his country and teaching them about Christ. In 1732, with the help of his bishop, he started the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, now called the Redemptorists. Alphonsus began writing in earnest, writing many books about Mary, Jesus, and the Christian Life. He was made a bishop of the see of St. Agatha, and taught thousands of men and women about God. After suffering from arthritis for many years, Alphonsus died peacefully on August 1st, 1787, at the age of 91. Pope Pius IX declared him a Doctor of the Church, a title given to saints who have, by their writings, brought many people into the truth of the Catholic Faith. He is the patron saint of confessors (priests who are particularly good at confession) and moralists.
Among his greatest works on the Eucharist and prayer are The Great Means of Prayer, The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ and The Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament. Prayer and its power, love, his relationship with Christ and his first-hand experience of the pastoral needs of the faithful made Alphonsus one of the great masters of the interior life. Among his books about Mary are The Glories of Mary, Marian Devotion, Prayers to the Divine Mother, Spiritual Songs,The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, Visitations to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Virgin Mary. Alphonsus said, “”It is well known, and is daily experienced by the clients of Mary, that her powerful name gives the particular strength necessary to overcome temptations against purity.”
I need to put down more quotes, cause this guy is pretty much exactly like me and I’m loving everything I read about him.
“Ask those who love Him with a sincere love, and they will tell you that they find no greater or prompter relief amid the troubles of their life than in loving conversation with their Divine Friend.”
“Speak to Him often of your business, your plans, your troubles, your fears – of everything that concerns you.”
“Since His delights are to be with you, let yours be found in Him.”
“Your God is ever beside you – indeed, He is even within you.”
“If you wish to strengthen your confidence in God still more, often recall the loving way in which He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has tried to bring you out of your sinful life, to break your attachment to the things of earth and draw you to His love.”
“Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends.”
“True, He is infinite Majesty, but He is also infinite Goodness and infinite Love. There can be no greater Lord than God; neither can there be a more ardent lover than He.
“He who trusts himself is lost. He who trusts God can do all things.”
“The heart of man will never find true peace, if it does not empty itself of all that is not God, so as to free itself all free for His love, that He alone may possess the whole of it. But this the soul cannot do of itself; it must obtain it of God by repeated prayers.”
GUYS HE TALKED ABOUT TRUSTING IN GOD AND HOW MUCH GOD LOVES US. See why I’m totally in love with him?
*goes off to find more quotes*
Love to all!