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Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (1696–1787)

Author of The Glories of Mary

Includes the names: LIGUORI A.-M., Alfonso Liguori, Alphonsus Liguori, Alphonsus Ligouri, Alphonsus Liguori, Alphonsus Liquori, Alfonso de Liguori, von Liguori Alfons, Alfonso De Liguori, S. Afonso Ligório ... (see complete list), Alfonso De Liguori, St Alfonso Liguori, Alphonsi De Ligorio, Alfonsus de Liguori, St Alphonsu Liguori, Alphonse De Liguori, San Alfonso Ligorio, Alphonsi de Ligorio, Alfonso Mª Ligorio, Alphonse de Liguori, Alphonsus deLiguori, Alphonse de Liguori, St Alpho De Liguori, Alfonsus de Liguori, Aphonsus De Liguori, D Alphon De Ligorio, Alphonsus De Ligouri, St. Alfonsus Liguori, Alphonsus De Ligouri, Alphonsus de Liguori, Alfons Maria Liguori, S. Alphonsus Liguori, Alphonsus M. Liguori, St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Alfonso Maria Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Saint Alfonso Liguori, Alfonso M. De Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Alphonsus de' Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liquori, Alfonso Maria Liquori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, S. Afonso de Ligório, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Ligouri, St. Alphonsus Liguori, S. Alfonso de Liguori, B. Alfonso de' Liguori, St Alphosus De Liguori, St. Alphonusus Liguori, San Alfonso de Ligorio, St. Alophonsus Liguori, Saint Alfonsus Ligouri, San Alfonso de Ligouri, Alphonsus Liguori, St., S. Alphonse De Liguori, San Alfonso de Ligorio, Santo Afonso de Ligorio, sant'Alfonso De Liguori, St Alphonsus De Liguori, St. DeLiguori Alphonsus, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alhonsus de Liguori, St. Alphonse de Liguori, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, SAINT LIGUORI ALPHONSUS, St. Aphonsus M. Liguori, Sant'Alfonso de' Liguori, Santo Afonso de Ligório, Santo Afonso de Ligório, St. Alphonsus de Ligouri, St. Alphonsus de Ligouri, Alphonsus St. De Liguori, St. Alohonsus De Liguori, S. Alfonso M. de Liguori, St. Alphonsus De Liguori, S. Alfonso M. de Liguori, St. Alphonsus de Liquori, St. Alphonsus de Liguori, St. Alphonsus De Liguori, Alfonso Maria de Ligorio, St. Alphonsus De Liguroi, Saint Alphonsus De Ligori, saint Alphonse de Liguori, św. Alfons Maria Liguori, St. Alphonsus de Ligouri., Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, Saint Alphonsus DeLiguori, ST ALPHONSUS MAMA LIGUORI, S. Alfonso Ma. De Ligorio, S. Alphonsus Maria Ligouri, Saint Alphonsus De Liguroi, Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori Cssr, Alphonse Liguori John Coan, Alfonsus Maria de' Liguori, Saint Alphonsus De Liguori, ST. ALPHONSUS CSSR LIGUORI, Alfonso María de.- LIGORIO, S. Alphonse Maria de Ligori, Alphonsus De Liguori, Saint, S. Alfonso Maria De Liguori, Alphonsus Maria, de Liguori, s. Alfonsus Maria de Ligorio, Alfonso Maria : de ' Liguori, San Alfonso Maria de Ligorio, San Alfonso Maria De Ligouri, S. Alfonso Maria De' Liguori, San Alfonso Mª De Ligorio.-, San Alfonso Maria de Ligorio, St. Alfonso Maria de Liguori, S.Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, San Alfonso María de Ligorio, st. alphonse-marie de liguory, S. Alphonsus Maria De Liguori, St. Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, St. Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, S. Alphonsus Maria De Liguori, San Alfonso de Ligorio C.Ss.R., Saint Alfonso Maria de Liguori, St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Santo Afonso Maria de Ligório, Santo Alfonso María de Ligorio, svatý Alfonso Maria de Liguori, Saint Alfonso Maria de' Ligouri, Saint Liguori Alfonso Maria de', Saint Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, San Alfonso de Ligorio C. Ss. R., Liguori de', Saint Alfonso Maria, St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori CSSR, Saint Alfonsus Maria de' Liguori, Saint Liguori Alphonsus Maria De', sant Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, svatý Alfonso Maria de Liguori, S. Alphonsi M. De Ligorio; Thomas Audo, Eugene ed. De Alphonsus; Grimm Liguori, Santo ( Alfonso María de Ligorio, Alphonse; Aubin (translator) De Liguori, St. Alphonsus DeLiguori Rev. Eugene Grimm, Eugene (Ed.) De Liguori St. Alphonsus; Grimm, ed. by Eugene Grimm De St. Alphonsus Liguori, Eugene (ed.) St. Alphonsus De Liguori; Grimm, John (editor) Alphonsus; Stringraeber Liguori, De Liguori Alphonsus St. / Grimm Eugene Editor, Eugene (editor) De St. Alphonsus; Grimm Liguori, editor Saint Alphonsus de Liguori; Eugene Grimm, St.; edited by Eugene Grimm Alphonsus de Liguori, Rev. Eugene (Editor) Saint Alphonsus De Liguori ;, S. Alphonsi De [St. Alphonse Alphonsus de Ligouri, Ed. ] Sanctus Alphonsus M. De Ligorio [P. Gabrieli

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Saint Alphonsus Liguori was born in Marianella near Naples on September 27, 1696. He was the first born of a rather large family belonging to the Neapolitan nobility. His received a broad education in the humanities, classical and modern languages, painting and music. He composed a Duetto on the Passion, as well as the most popular Christmas carol in Italy, Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle, and numerous other hymns. He finished his university studies earning a Doctorate in both civil and canon law and began his practice in the legal profession.

In 1723, after a long process of discernment, he abandoned his legal career and, despite his father's strong opposition, began his seminary studies. He was ordained a priest on December 21, 1726, at the age of 30. He lived his first years as a priest with the homeless and marginalized young people of Naples. He founded the "Evening Chapels". Run by the young people themselves, these chapels were centers of prayer, community, the Word of God, social activities and education. At the time of his death, there were 72 of these chapels with over 10,000 active participants.

In 1729, Alphonsus left his family home and took up residence in the Chinese College in Naples. It was there that he began his missionary experience in the interior of the Kingdom of Naples where he found people who were much poorer and more abandoned than any of the street children in Naples.

On November 9, 1732, Alphonsus founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, popularly known as the Redemptorists, in order to follow the example of Jesus Christ announcing the Good News to the poor and the most abandoned. From that time on, he gave himself entirely to this new mission.

Alphonsus was a lover of beauty: musician, painter, poet and author. He put all his artistic and literary creativity at the service of the mission and he asked the same of those who joined his Congregation. He wrote 111 works on spirituality and theology. The 21,500 editions and the translations into 72 languages that his works have undergone attest to the fact that he is one of the most widely read authors. Among his best known works are: The Great Means of prayer, The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ, The Glories of Mary and The Visits to the Most Holy Sacrament. Prayer, love, his relationship with Christ and his first-hand experience of the pastoral needs of the faithful have made Alphonsus one of the great masters of the interior life.

Alphonsus' greatest contribution to the Church was in the area of Moral Theological reflection with his Moral Theology. This work was born of Alphonsus' pastoral experience, his ability to respond to the practical questions posed by the faithful and from his contact with their everyday problems. He opposed the sterile legalism which was suffocating theology and he rejected the strict rigorism of the time... the product of the powerful elite. According to Alphonsus, those were paths that were closed to the Gospel because "such rigor has never been taught nor practiced by the Church". He knew how to put theological reflection at the service of the greatness and dignity of the person, of a moral conscience, and of evangelical mercy.

Alphonsus was consecrated bishop of St. Agatha of the Goths in 1762. He was 66 years old. He tried to refuse the appointment because he felt too old and too sick to properly care for the diocese. In 1775, he was allowed to retire from his office and went to live in the Redemptorist community in Pagani where he died on August 1, 1787. He was canonized in 1839, proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1871 and Patron of Confessors and Moralists in 1950.
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