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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 Liquori, Alphonsus Liguori, Alphonsus Ligouri, Alphonsus Liguori, St Alfonso Liguori, Alfonso de Liguori, von Liguori Alfons, Alfonso De Liguori ... (see complete list), Alphonse De Liguori, Alphonsi De Ligorio, Alphonse de Liguori, Alphonse de Liguori, Aphonsus De Liguori, St Alpho De Liguori, D Alphon De Ligorio, Alfonsus de Liguori, St Alphonsu Liguori, Alfonsus de Liguori, Alphonsus deLiguori, Alphonsi de Ligorio, St. Alfonsus Liguori, S. Alphonsus Liguori, Alphonsus M. Liguori, Alphonsus de Liguori, Alfons Maria Liguori, Alphonsus De Ligouri, S. Alfonso de Liguori, Alfonso M. De Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Alfonso Maria Liguori, St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Saint Alfonso Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Alfonso Maria Liquori, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Alphonsus de' Liguori, B. Alfonso de' Liguori, S. Alphonse De Liguori, St. Alphonusus Liguori, St. Alophonsus Liguori, Alphonsus Liguori, St., SAINT LIGUORI ALPHONSUS, St Alphonsus De Liguori, Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alhonsus de Liguori, St. DeLiguori Alphonsus, sant'Alfonso De Liguori, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Alphonsus St. De Liguori, St. Alphonsus de Liquori, S. Alfonso M. de Liguori, S. Alfonso M. de Liguori, St. Alohonsus De Liguori, St. Alphonsus De Liguroi, St. Alphonsus De Liguori, Sant'Alfonso de' Liguori, St. Alphonsus de Ligouri, St. Alphonsus De Liguori, św. Alfons Maria Liguori, Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, saint Alphonse de Liguori, Saint Alphonsus De Ligori, ST ALPHONSUS MAMA LIGUORI, Saint Alphonsus DeLiguori, St. Alphonsus de Ligouri., Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Alphonse Liguori John Coan, Alfonsus Maria de' Liguori, Saint Alphonsus De Liguori, ST. ALPHONSUS CSSR LIGUORI, S. Alphonse Maria de Ligori, Alphonsus Maria, de Liguori, S. Alfonso Maria De Liguori, S.Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Alfonso Maria : de ' Liguori, St. Alfonso Maria de Liguori, S. Alfonso Maria De' Liguori, St. Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, S. Alphonsus Maria De Liguori, st. alphonse-marie de liguory, S. Alphonsus Maria De Liguori, Saint Alfonso Maria de Liguori, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, svatý Alfonso Maria de Liguori, Santo Alfonso María de Ligorio, Saint Alfonso Maria de' Ligouri, Saint Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, Saint Liguori Alfonso Maria de', St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori CSSR, Saint Liguori Alphonsus Maria De', sant Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, svatý Alfonso Maria de Liguori, Eugene ed. De Alphonsus; Grimm Liguori, Alphonse; Aubin (translator) De Liguori, St. Alphonsus DeLiguori Rev. Eugene Grimm, Eugene (ed.) St. Alphonsus De Liguori; Grimm, ed. by Eugene Grimm De St. Alphonsus Liguori, Eugene (Ed.) De Liguori St. Alphonsus; 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 ;, 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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