We thank God, O Saint Alphonsus,
for the tender devotion
with which He inspired you
for His Holy Mother.
We ask you to obtain for us
a filial love for our Lady of Perpetual Help,
so that she may assist us
in our last agony as she did you,
and that we may die
under her mantle a happy death.
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“The Eternal Father has designed the crosses of His adopted children from all eternity, as He designed that of His only Son; hence the importance of schooling ourselves to bear them faithfully.
Many souls accept them tranquilly at first, for they are prepared for them by the grace of prayers, and have often desired them in the sweetness of loving fervour.
But, because they are but ill formed in the school of crucified love, listening too readily to nature and the senses, which cry out, as the Jews did to our Saviour, to descend from the cross, they seek, later on, some means of escaping from it.
They bear it unwillingly giving way to interior murmurings which render them unworthy of the favour of heaven, and deprive them of the sweet fruit of this tree of life.
This misfortune is often the result of paying too much attention to our sufferings, and thinking too much of ourselves.
Happy is the crucified soul, who only contemplates his crosses in God, whence they derive their beauty, and whose ears are opened only to the voice of the Beloved, who sends them!”
– St Alphonsus Liguori
The best method
“It consists in praying constantly; that is in recommending ourselves on all occasions to Jesus Christ, and in invoking the intercession of our Angel guardian, of our holy patrons, and above all of the Blessed Virgin; for all God’s graces pass through her hands.
Our whole welfare depends on prayer
Our whole welfare depends on prayer. Every day we should specially ask God for perseverance in grace. He who prays for perseverance obtains it; he who does not pray for it does not obtain it, and is lost for all eternity. We should also ask from Jesus Christ the grace of His divine love, as well as perfect conformity to His holy will. And to obtain these graces, we must rely above all on the merits of Jesus and the intercession of Mary.
These prayers should be said on rising in the morning
These prayers should be said on rising in the morning. We should return to them during the day, in our devotions, at Holy Communion, in visiting the Blessed Sacrament, and, finally, at our evening examination of conscience.
We should particularly ask God’s help in resisting temptations, above all temptations against chastity. We shall be unable to resist, unless we constantly invoke the holy names of Jesus and Mary. He who prays, triumphs; he who does not pray is overcome.
He who prays triumphs
Yes, O my Jesus, how many times I have fallen, because I neglected to call upon You! Doce nos orare. O teach me Yourself to pray, and to recommend myself to the maternal care of our Blessed Mother!”
– St Alphonsus
O God of love, what more can You devise to make us love You? It was not sufficient for You to become man like us, and to subject Yourself to all our miseries. It was not sufficient for You to give Your Blood and Your life for us. You must go so far as to take the form of bread. Ah! woe to us if we do not love you! Woe to us for all eternity!
– St Alphonsus, Pratique de l’amour)
ST ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH; MEMORIAL:
St Alphonsus was born in 1696 in Naples. A lawyer who became a priest, St Alphonsus founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists). He was a fervent preacher, and a moral theologian of eminence, who opposed the rigours of Jansenism. He was much in demand as a confessor, seeking to win back the sinful by gentle and direct appeal to the Gospel. He wrote many works of devotion which became very popular. He was made bishop of Sant’ Agata dei Gotti, but after thirteen years returned to his congregation. He died in 1787.
you constantly build up your Church
by the lives of your saints.
Give us grace to follow Saint Alphonsus
in his loving concern for the salvation of men,
and so come to share his reward in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
O Mother of my God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, you are indeed my true Mother, and I am indeed your child. What happiness for me to think of you and to be able to call you my Mother. O Queen of Angels, this title of Child of Mary is more glorious in my eyes, and more sweet to me than all the great titles so boasted of in the world. To be called your child is far dearer to me than the honour and dignity of any name on earth. But alas! how utterly unworthy I am of so holy a Mother, who might well be ashamed of such a child as I am. You are pure as light, pious, humble, full of charity and sweetness; your heart is a furnace of divine love; and I am stained with countless sins, attached to the earth, proud, harsh to my brothers and sisters – O my Mother, I detest my iniquities – obtain for me pardon; I groan under my miseries, and I spread them before your pitying eyes, that you may cure them. Make me resemble you, save me from my evil inclinations, particularly from (name it). Mother of God, do not grow weary at my crying, do not turn away your face from me because I am so defiled; but put an end to my importunity by succouring me speedily – for, till you have heard me, I will not cease to cry to you. O my Mother, my Mother Mary, come to my succour. Be my Mother, and make me your worthy child. Amen.
– St Alphonsus