Background: St Alphonsus de Liguori was born the eldest of seven children into a noble family at Marianella, Italy. He became a very successful lawyer but found the life spiritually unfulfilling. After much conscience searching, he relinquished the role and, at 27, joined the Oratory of St Philip Neri.
His pastoral work was among the very poor, homeless and marginalized of Naples. He established Evening Chapels and founded The Redemptorists, whose function was to teach and preach in the slums. St Alphonsus was also a prolific writer, publishing in total 111 works on spirituality and theology.
Glorious St Alphonsus,
loving Father of the poor and sick,
all your life you devoted yourself,
with a heroic charity,
to lighten their spiritual and bodily miseries.
Full of confidence in your tender pity for the sick,
since you yourself patiently borne the cross of illness,
I come to you for help in my present need…
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Loving father of the suffering, St Alphonsus,
look with compassion upon me in my suffering.
Ask God to give me good health.
If it is not God’s will,
then give me the strength to bear my cross patiently
and to offer my sufferings with my crucified Saviour
and his Mother of Sorrows,
for the glory of God and the salvation of souls,
in reparation for my sins and those of others,
for the needs of this troubled world,
and the Holy Souls in purgatory. Amen.
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… St Alphonsus de Liguori, Pray for Us …