Today we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, an 18th century Catholic priest, who founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1732. He created this Congregation with the charism of preaching parish missions to the faithful. He believed that by evangelizing on the moral virtues, in the parish missions, he could bring souls closer to Christ. And that he did!
Saint Aphonsus Liguori taught that by embracing virtue, we grow closer to Christ. He authored several popular books informing the faithful on how to make this happen.
Writings of Alphonsus Liguori
Visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament
Glories of Mary
The True Spouse of Christ
The Great Means of Prayer
The Way of Salvation, Opera Dogmatica, or History of the Council of Trent
Sermons for all the Sundays in the Year
I personally read Visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament, and found the book enriched my time with the Lord during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Saint Alphonsus’ book, Moral Theology is on my list of books to read. I find that the saints have so much to teach us, if only we would listen! If we would read the writings of such spiritual giants, like Saint Alphonsus Liguori, we would find that they would bring us closer to Christ. Although Saint Alphonsus Liguori has long since passed, his work can easily be found in Catholic bookstores and at all of the major online retailers. He still has much to teach us regarding moral values.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori was known for performing acts of charity; more specifically corporal and spiritual works of mercy. For example, he volunteered at his local hospital (before entering the priesthood). As a priest, he made great effort to feed the hungry, instruct the ignorant, and brought moral theology into vogue. For all of his efforts, he is known as a Doctor of the Church.
As you can tell by now, Saint Alphonsus Liguori is one of my esteemed saints. Therefore, today, I wish him a very happy Feast Day. Saint Alphonsus Liguori, please pray for us!