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Overview This inspiring book, reissued in a new translation for the modern reader, is considered to be Saint Alphonsus Liguori's best devotional work. Divided into seventeen small chapters, each preceded by prayers and intercessions, it offers practical prescriptions for living a holy life.
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St. Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 to Neapolitan nobility at Marianella, Italy. He became a recognizable lawyer after going through law school at the age of sixteen, but later decided to leave law in favor of giving his salvation more attention. Alphonsus joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a seminarian and was ordained in 1726, when he was thirty. The homilies he gave had the special ability of converting those who had fallen away from the faith. He also founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and authored such works as The Glories of Mary, The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, Attaining Salvation, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Preparation for Death Abridged, What Will Hell Be Like?, The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation, and The Way of the Cross. After being a bishop for over a decade, St. Alphonsus Liguori died on the first of August, 1787. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839, and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871. His feast is celebrated on August 1.
Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 and died in 1787.
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Saint Alphonsus I Owe You Greatly May 12, 2008
I was a "submarine" Christian for the majority of my life, and did not realize the tremendous gift in Jesus Christ until I happened upon this volume in my local library. I knew a small portion about St Alphonsus of Ligouri as a Doctor of the Church, but never really knew the great and wonderful price that God had paid for me and for all of us, until I read this book and realized that I must have it in my life for always. It is easy reading, fulfilling, contemplating, and riviting for me---and helped me in deeping my realtionship with Christ to better serve him and to answer the Call that each of us has to share and spread the Gospel. If you need a big hand in your personal relationship to God, I strongly urge this wonderful handbook. This literally lives out 1 Corinthians 13.
A Great Book Apr 10, 2008
I bought this book on this site as I had previously read and continue to read the Glories of Mary by St.Liguori. I had it delivered and shelved it for about 6 months, and one day I was looking through my books and felt a sudden urge to read it. I have to say it is a very insightful book, and I have learnt a lot. The style of writing makes it very easy to understand, yet the message in very profound. This is a good book for all Christians trying to deepen their faith, and learn how to love God.
True Christianity Oct 16, 2005
'The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ' is a masterpiece. St. Alphonsus shows not only why we should love Jesus - but *how* we can love Jesus more. Chapter One is one of the most exquisite summaries of the Gospel that I have ever encountered.
I encourage everyone -- Christian or non-Christian, Protestant or Catholic/Orthodox -- to read this book. It is neither vain philosophy or a superficial 'how to' guide -- it reads like a man so profoundly in love with God that he could not stop the words from pouring out. Although he had a doctorate and is considered one of the greatest moral theologians, he devoted his life to working with the poor and preaching the simple Gospel message of salvation through forgiveness in Jesus Christ.
In this book, St. Alphonsus weaves Sacred Scripture and writings of other Christian writers from St. Augustine to St. Francis de Sales. Many of the quotes are unforgettable. Some examples -- Giorgio Tiepolo: 'Anyone who does not fall in love with God by looking at Jesus dead upon the cross will never fall in love'; and Blessed John of Avila writes of Jesus: 'Great thief of hearts, the strength of Your love has broken even our hard hearts...Let the whole world know that my heart is stricken. Sweetest love, what have you done?...Your love invites me to love You and to never forget You.'
How Much Jesus Love Us and How We can Love Him Jan 22, 2005
Alphonsus Liguori is one of the "doctors" of the Church. He lived during the late 1700s, and his work was written to inspire everyone one; not just one group, such as only the laity or a group of nuns, or a house of monks. The work is not preachy in tone, but written in a gentle explanatory style. He synthesizes knowlege from a variety of Christian sources.
This book is absolutely beautiful; phyisically with the font and cover, and content-wise, with the meaning of the text. The size makes it easily portable.
It is a wonderful tool for meditation. Each chapter contains brief paragraphs that contain exclamations of how much God loves us as demonstrated through Jesus' life, based on actions written in the Bible and their interpretations from writings of the early Christians. Paragraphs within each chapter also instruct us how we can adopt practices of various virtue in order to model our life in a way that pleases Jesus, to correspond with how much Jesus loves us. How to love with patience or how to love without pride...the chpaters correlate with the passage in 1 Corinthinians Chapter 13 about it means to love.
The different nature of the paragraphs work in tandemn to make you feel loved, and then to advise you how to implement this love in your life. It is a great feel-good book. Reading it makes one feel more valued by Jesus, and in turn, more eager to demonstrate to Jesus how appreciative one is of such value.
A great book to read any time, particularly if the phyiscal creatures in your life have you feeling a bit blue and unappreciated. But especially helpful to prepare for Lenten sacrifices or to cultivate an atitude of welcome for any holiday period.
The greatest exposition of St. Paul's chapter of Love 1Cor13 May 31, 2000
This book is the greatest of the "unknown" Christian classics ever penned. A detailed exposition of the true meaning of chapter 13 of Paul's 1st letter to the Corithian church word by word. What does it mean when we read love is: Patient, Kind, Not Jealous, Not Perverse, Not Boastful, Not Arrogant, Not Irritable, Not Resentful, Bears All Things, Believe All Things, Hopes All Things, Endures All Things. This book makes a Southern Baptist want to be a Catholic if he could love God with all his heart, mind, and soul the way St. Alphonsus has. This book was so great my wife made me get her a copy for her own. If you're serious about loving God with all your heart, mind and soul you gotta get your hands on this book as it can be a roadmap for the journey from your head to your heart.