Monday, August 1, 2011

Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori



St. Alphonsus, founder of the Redemptorists,  and a doctor of the church, had a good knowledge of the value of time. He prayed and asked God never to let him waste any. His message to us today can be "be about the work that God has given you." That can mean tending all the parts of our vocation, our state in life and our illness and suffering. 

"St. Alphonsus was known above all as a practical man who dealt in the concrete rather than the abstract. His life is indeed a "practical" model for the everyday Christian who has difficulty recognizing the dignity of Christian life amid the swirl of problems, pain, misunderstanding and failure. Alphonsus suffered all these things. He is a saint because he was able to maintain an intimate sense of the presence of the suffering Christ through it all." -Saint of the Day, AmericanCatholic.org

When we hear people talk of riches, honors and amusements of the world, let us remember that all things have an end, and let us then say: "My God, I wish for You alone and nothing more."  – St. Alphonsus Liguori 

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