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St Alphonsus Liguori


St. Alphonsus was born in Naples, Italy, in 1696. He was a doctor of both Canon and Civil Law. St. Alphonsus was ordained a priest in 1726. He founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists). About 1756, he was appointed Bishop of St. Agatha, a diocese he governed until 1775 when, broken by age and infirmity, he resigned his office to retire to his convent, where he died. St. Alphonsus is the Patron Saint of Confessors, Moral Theology and Vocations.

"They who live in prosperity, and have no experience of adversity, know nothing of the state of their souls. In the first place, tribulation opens the eyes which prosperity had kept shut." (Alphonsus Liguori 1696-1787)


A Prayer of Spiritual Communion
(Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori - may be said at Communion time, when unable to receive)


My Jesus,
I believe You are truly present
in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things
and I desire to possess You within my soul.
Since I am unable now to receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as being already there,
and I unite myself wholly to You;
never, never permit me to be separated from You.

A Prayer before The Blessed Sacrament

My LORD Jesus Christ, Who because of Your love for men remain night and day in the Blessed Sacrament, full of pity and of love, awaiting, calling and welcoming all who come to visit You, I believe that You are present here on the altar. I adore You, and I thank You for all the graces You have bestowed on me, especially for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me Your most holy Mother Mary to plead for me, and for having called me to visit You in this church.

I now salute Your most loving Heart, and that for three ends: first, in thanksgiving for this great gift; secondly, to make amends to You for all the outrages committed against You in this Sacrament by Your enemies; thirdly, I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are present in the Blessed Sacrament and in which You are least honored and most abandoned.

My Jesus, I love You with my whole heart. I am very sorry for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. With the help of Your grace, I purpose never to offend You again. And now, unworthy though I am, I consecrate myself to You without reserve. I renounce and give entirely to You my will, my affection, my desires and all that I possess. For the future, dispose of me and all I have as You please.

All I ask of You is Your holy love, final perseverance and that I may carry out Your will perfectly. I recommend to You the souls in Purgatory, especially those who had the greatest devotion to
the Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to You all poor sinners.

Finally, my dear Saviour, I unite all my desires with the desires of Your most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to the Eternal Father, and beseech Him, in Your name and for love of You, to accept and grant them.