Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori – Feast Day -August 1- Saint of the Day

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori Profile

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori was born on 27 September 1696 in Naples, Italy. He served in Italy from a young age until the time he died on 1 August 1787 in Nocera, Italy at the age of 91 years.

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori Biography

St. Alphonsus was born of poor but pious parents on 27 September 1696 in Marianelli near Naples, Italy. He attended school and at the age of 16, received a doctorate in Law from the University of Naples out of his hard work. However, his spiritual growth was not left untouched by the Fathers of the Oratory. He was known to be a pious and the most devout Brother of the Little Oratory from his tender age.

Alphonsus had a mistake which made his life turn around to God. He then entered the priesthood dedicating himself to the most neglected groups in the society. He established the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1732 at Scala, Italy. At age 16, he became the Bishop of St. Agatha where he served with zeal restoring the diocese. He spent the most time in prayer and writing a number of books. This made him get the name ‘The Doctor of the Church’

St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

Alphonsus had a passion for music and could play the harpsichord very well. He even taught his novice how to sing. However, he lived in evil times as he met several persecutions and arrests. In his last 7 years, he suffered a sickness which made it difficult for his service. He received the Eucharist daily and his faith in Christ and believe in Mother Mary’s intervention sustained him to the end. He died on 1 August 1787 at the age of 91.

Beatification and Canonization

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori was beatified on 15 September 1816 by Pope Pius VII and later Canonized on 26 May 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI.

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori memorial/Feast

The feast of Saint Alphonsus is celebrated on 1st August every year according to the Liturgical calendar. The liturgical colour is white.

Reflection

Your daily routine should not be a hindrance to seeking God. Whether in your normal world career tasks or in the religious service, God will manifest Himself and disclose His hidden plans for your bright future. Never lose hope.

Patronage

  • Final perseverance
  • Moral theologians
  • Scrupulous people
  • Pagani, Italy Vocations
  • Theologians
  • Against arthritis
  • Against scrupulosity
  • Acerra, Italy, diocese of
  • Agrigento, Italy
  • Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Italy
  • Sisters of the Holy Redeemer
  • Moralists (1950 by Pope Pius XII)
  • Confessors (given on 26 February 1950 by Pope Pius XII)
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