St Alphonsus Liguori

St Alphonsus Liguori

Celebrated on August 1st

Bishop and founder of the Redemptorists. St Alphonsus was born in 1696 near Naples, the son of a Neapolitan nobleman. He studied law and became a distinguished and eloquent barrister. One day his rhetoric carried him away. He forgot to read an important point in a document and lost a case worth a large fortune. From that time onwards, he abandoned law and studied to be a priest.

Alphonsus was ordained in 1726 and by 1730 had become famous as a preacher. He established a convent and, in 1732, founded the Congregation of the Holy Redeemer for priests dedicated to preaching to the rural poor.

Alphonsus was a prolific author. In 1745 he published the first of his 111 devotional and theological works, the most important being Moral Theology. The 21,500 editions and the translations into 72 languages that his works have undergone attest to the fact that he is one of the most widely read Catholic authors. He was also proficient in the arts and was a musician, painter and poet.

His best known musical work is his Christmas hymn Quanno Nascetti Ninno, later translated into Italian by Pope Pius IX as Tu scendi dalle stelle (“From Starry Skies Thou Comest”).

In his preaching, spiritual direction and writing, St Alphonsus aimed at simplicity, gentleness and intelligibility. He said a sermon should be meaningful to the simplest person in the congregation, as well as the most sophisticated.

He said: “He who trusts in himself is lost. He who trusts in God can do all things.”

St Alphonsus became bishop of St Agatha del Goti in 1762. He resigned three years later at the age of 69 due to ill health and died in 1787. St Alphonsus was canonised in 1839 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871.
(from ICN)


This is probably the saint I have most books written by.

Isn’t his day August 2nd though?

No it’s today , the day he died .

Which calendar are you based on?


It is the new calendar. That’s why it’s different.

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!

In the current General Roman Calendar, St. Alphonsus Liguori’s feast day is indeed August 1st (Memorial). The previous GRC placed his feast on August 2nd (3rd class), and it is so listed in my missal for the Extraordinary Form.


Reposted from James579:
This weekend, don’t miss out on one of the “easiest” plenary indulgences you can gain. Of course, you must meet the usual conditions, with the spirit of complete detachment from all sin, even venial sin: sacramental confession within twenty days before or after the indulgenced act, worthy reception of Holy Communion, preferably the same day, and prayers for the Pope’s intentions, also preferably that same day (a single Our Father and Hail Mary suffice). Having met the usual conditions, the Portiuncula plenary indulgence only requires a devout visit to a parish church and there praying the Creed and the Our Father between noon on August 1 and midnight on August 2. So attendance at any Sunday Mass (and even the anticipated Mass on Saturday afternoon) is the only “work” required, assuming you pray the Creed and the Our Father during Mass.

St. Alphonsus Liguori - like yesterday’s saint (St. Ignatius of Loyola), he too suffered scrupulosity. I’ve read that St. Ignatius beat scrupulosity, while St. Alphonsus never really got rid of it.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, please pray for all of us, who suffer scrupulosity.

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