Alphonsus Liguori

SAINTS: Alphonsus Liguori — Gentle Moral Teacher, by Greg Friedman

March 21, 2017

From: Lent With The Saints Daniel 3:25, 34-43; Psalm 25:4bc-5ab, 6, 7bc, 8-9; Matthew 18:21-35 In today’s gospel, Peter asks Jesus a question: How often should we forgive a brother who offends us?  Peter suggests that perhaps seven times would be a generous offer.  Scripture scholar Father Raymond Brown notes that, at this point, we who know Jesus’s answer are inclined to criticize Peter.  How stingy!  We know Jesus is going to respond with a whopping seventy-seven times, suggesting forgiveness without limit. But, Brown comments, who among us, realistically, might squeeze out a second, or, just maybe, a third act of forgiveness?  After that, wouldn’t we say, Enough!?  At that point, Brown says, Peter is looking [...]

PRAYER: Novena To The Holy Spirit—The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, by Alphonsus Liguori

June 15, 2015

Introduction Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit (To be recited daily during the Novena) On my knees I before the great multitude of Heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to you, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of your purity, the unerring keenness of your justice, and the might of your love. You are the strength and light of my soul. In you I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve you by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against you. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for your light, and listen to your voice, and follow your gracious inspirations. I cling to you and give myself to you and ask you, by your compassion to [...]

PRAYER: A Novena Of The Holy Spirit—The Value of Divine Love, by Alphonsus Liguori

July 1, 2013

Meditations for Each Day of the Novena, Beginning with the Feast of the Ascension (This Novena can be prayed throughout the year) The novena of the Holy Spirit is the chief of all novenas because it was the first that was ever celebrated, and that by the Apostles and Mary in the upper room, and was distinguished by so many remarkable wonders and gifts, principally by the gift of the same Holy Spirit, a gift merited for us by the Passion of Jesus Christ himself. Jesus himself made this known to us when he said to his disciples that if he did not die, he could not send us the Holy Spirit: “If I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:7) We know well by faith that the Holy Spirit is the [...]