Thursday, August 1, 2013

O, how sweet a JOY...

The LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. - Psalm 121:8
“Oh, how sweet a joy it is to remain with faith and tender devotion before the Eucharist, and converse familiarly with Jesus Christ, who is there for the express purpose of listening to and graciously hearing those who pray to him.
In a quarter of an hour's prayer, spent in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, you will perhaps gain more than in all the other spiritual exercises of the day.”
St Alphonsus Ligouri
Italy ~ 1696 - 1787
Lawyer before ordination as priest (age 30)
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Founder of Redemptorist order
Prolific writer and gifted in the fine arts
FEAST DAY - August 1

"I love Jesus Christ and that is why I am on fire
with the desire to give Him souls, first of all my own, and then  
an incalculable number of others." ~ St Alphonsus Ligouri
Someone once remarked, after a sermon by Alphonsus,
 "It is a pleasure to listen to your sermons;
you forget yourself and preach Jesus Christ."

(7 mins, including blessing from Redemptorist Provincial at end of video)
St Alphonsus Ligouri, pray for us!

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