Saint Alphonsus Liguori (b. 27 Sept. 1696, d. 1 Oct. 1787) is best known for his Moral Theology writings. Alphonsus founded the Redemptorist Congregation. He made great pastoral reforms in the pulpit and confessional, replacing the pompous oratory of the time with simplicity. For nearly ninety years he had been a model of holiness, prayer, and mortification. Alphonsus fought against Jansenism, which later became condemned as heretical. He spent twenty-six years on the road preaching in the Kingdom of Naples. Saint Alphonsus was made bishop of Palermo at age 66. His life was filled with illness, eight times, he was administered the sacrament of dying. He was declared "Venerable", 4 May, 1796; was beatified in 1816, and canonized in 1839. In 1871, was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX.
The Glories of Maryby Alphonsus Liguori
The Glories of Mary, widely regarded as Saint Alphonsus Liguori's finest masterpiece, has for two and a half centuries stood as one of the Catholic Church's greatest expressions of devotion to the Blessed Virgin. Written as a defense of Our Lady at a time when Jansenistic writers were ridiculing Marian devotion, this classic work combines numerous citations from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church with Saint Alphonsus' intense personal piety to produce a timeless treasury of teachings, prayers, and practices.
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the author presents the theotokos in a very reverent way. all readers will come away with a deep appreciation for the virgin and what she sdid and does for all christians!
I am a second year medical student with a great devotion to the blessed virgin mary. St Alphonsus, a great doctor of the church, a bishop and founder of the congregation of the most holy redeemer has used his great intellect in penning his love for the virgin mary. This is an all time classic, in very readable form. The reader is taken on a marian theological journey, combined with methods of cultivating a simple devotion to her. St Alphonsus's approach to such an intricate theme is beautiful and shows what a favoured son he is, blessed with grace.