Alphonsus Liguori

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The hope of those who commit sin because God is forgiving, is an abomination in his sight: their hope, says holy Job, is an abomination. Hence the sinner, by such hope, provokes God to chastise him the sooner, as that servant would provoke his master, who, because his master was good, took advantage of his goodness to behave ill.

Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, C.Ss.R. (September 27, 1696August 1, 1787), was an Italian Catholic bishop, spiritual writer, scholastic philosopher and theologian, and founder of the Redemptorists, an influential religious congregation. He was canonized in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI. Pope Pius IX proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church in 1871.

Quotes[edit]

  • Prayer must be humble: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Here St. James tells us that God does not listen to the prayers of the proud, but resists them; while, on the other hand, he is always ready to hear the prayers of the humble.
  • Let us examine in what true wisdom consists, and we shall see, in the first point, that sinners are truly foolish, and, in the second, that the saints are truly wise.
    • Liguori, A. M. (1882). Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity: In What True Wisdom Consists. In N. Callan (Trans.), Sermons for All the Sundays in the Year (Eighth Edition, p. 43). Dublin; London: James Duffy & Sons.
  • My Jesus, I love Thee with my whole heart, and I desire to be always united with Thee. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, I receive Thee spiritually. Come, then, into my heart; I embrace Thee, and unite myself wholly to Thee, and I beg Thee not to permit me to be ever separated from Thee.
    • de Liguori, Saint Alphonsus, On Spiritual Communion. The Saint Alphonsus de Liguori Collection [30 Books]. Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle Edition.
  • With regard to the subject matter of sermons. Those subjects should be selected which move most powerfully to detest sin and to love God; whence the preacher should often speak of the last things—of death, of judgment, of Hell, of Heaven, and of eternity. According to the advice of the Holy Spirit, “Memorare novissima tua, et in æternum non peccabis,” (Ecclesiasticus 7:40,) it is particularly useful often to make mention of death, by delivering several discourses on that subject during the year, speaking at one time on the uncertainty of death, which terminates all the pleasures as well as all the afflictions of this life; at another, on the uncertainty of the time at which death may arrive; now, on the unhappy death of the sinner; and again, on the happy death of the just.
    • Liguori, Saint Alphonsus M. (published 1882). Sermons for All the Sundays in the Year. (N. Callan, Trans.) (Eighth Edition, p. 4). Dublin; London: James Duffy & Sons.
  • The preacher should often speak of the love which Jesus Christ bears towards us, of the love which we should bear to Jesus Christ, and of the confidence we should have in his mercy whenever we are resolved to amend our lives. It would appear that some preachers do not know how to speak of anything but the justice of God, terrors, threats, and chastisements. There is no doubt but that terrifying discourses are of use to arouse sinners from the sleep of sin; but we should be persuaded at the same time, that those who abstain from sin solely through the fear of punishment, will with difficulty persevere for a long time. Love is that golden link which binds the soul to God, and makes it faithful in repelling temptation and practising virtue.
    • Liguori, Saint Alphonsus M. (published 1882). Sermons for All the Sundays in the Year. (N. Callan, Trans.) (Eighth Edition, p. 4). Dublin; London: James Duffy & Sons.
  • At death all our hope of salvation will come from the testimony of our conscience as to whether or not we are dying resigned to God’s will.
    • Liguori, St. Alphonsus. Uniformity with God's Will (p. 17). TAN Books. Kindle Edition.
  • “But one thing is necessary,” (Luke 10:42), and it is not beauty, not health, not talent. It is the salvation of our immortal souls.
    • Liguori, St. Alphonsus. Uniformity with God's Will (p. 19). TAN Books. Kindle Edition.

The Way of Salvation and of Perfection[edit]

as published by Aeterna Press
  • The soul enters eternity alone and unattended, except by its works. Woe to me! where are my works to accompany me to a blessed eternity? I can discover none but such as render me deserving of eternal torments.
  • While others amass the fortunes of this world, may my only fortune be Thy holy grace.
  • He who builds a house for himself takes great pains to make it commodious, airy, and handsome, and says: “I labour and give myself a great deal of trouble about this house, because I shall have to live in it all my life.” And yet how little is the house of eternity thought of!
  • The hope of those who commit sin because God is forgiving, is an abomination in his sight: their hope, says holy Job, is an abomination. Hence the sinner, by such hope, provokes God to chastise him the sooner, as that servant would provoke his master, who, because his master was good, took advantage of his goodness to behave ill.
  • “Cogitanti omnia vilescunt” He who thinks, undervalues all things.
  • Ungrateful soul, not to forego its own miserable gratifications, it consented to lose God.

Attaining Salvation: Devout Reflections and Meditations[edit]

as published by Tan Books, Charlotte, North Carolina, ISBN 978-0-89555-883-1
  • If then we would be saved, we must, even until death, have our lips ever opened to pray and say: "My God, help me; my God, have mercy; Mary, have mercy." If we cease to pray, we shall be lost. Let up pray for ourselves and let us pray for sinners, for this is so pleasing to God.
  • Let him who has committed one mortal sin cast a glance upon the Hell which he has deserved, and thus will he suffer with patience every contempt and every pain.

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