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"Omni in re, semper, et ubique tantum Deum video, ipsum Deum." MAM

St. Alphonsus de Liguori – Patron Saint of SDR Congregation

St. Alphonsus was born in the village of Marianella near Naples, Italy, September 27, 1696. He was the eldest of seven children. He came from a noble family. His parents provided him with an exceptional education in philosophy, literature, and the arts. He was 16 when he was awarded doctorates of civil and canon law. St. Alphonsus was a Bishop and an Italian composer. The Founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer is the author of music, epos and theological works.

St. Alphonsus was the greatest missionary in Italy in 18th century. Examining his life, we can see, that preaching the Word of God was the essential in his life and his charism. From his youth “The Spirit of the Lord was upon him to bring glad tidings to the poor… and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord“ (cf. Lk 4:18-19)

St. Alphonsus’ message:
St. Alphonsus preached the Gospel in the unrest world, to people, who were hesitant in faith and lived in the certainty of new cultural, political and religious movements such as the Enlightenment, Jansenism,... St. Alphonsus proclaimed God in the world, which lost the sense of God, who is full of love and mercy. On the basis of revelation and history of the Church, he confirms conclusively, doctrine of the Church, that God is Father and loves all people. God revealed His love in Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world.
The theme of love and mercy penetrates all his writings. Even today, it is important to rediscover the image of God, which was noted by St. Alphonsus. With the image of God, he discovered the image of man.

St. Alphonsus puts us three principles that we can take as Declaration of Human Rights:
1.) One can, with God's help, overcome all temptations that incite him to do evil
2.) One has the power to reside in the grace of God
3.) One can and must cooperate with God to build their own destiny.

Mary’s message according to St. Alphonsus:
St. Alphonsus in his writings left for the Church another important message: The importance of the Virgin Mary in the history of salvation. This message could be found in the Book “The Glories of Mary”, published in 1750, after many years of studying and meditations.

St. Alphonsus died in the fame of holiness on August 1st, 1787, in Pagane, Italy. There, in honor, his body rests in the Basilica of St. Alphonsus de Liguori, near the monastery, which he built. He was canonized in 1839 and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1871. He was proclaimed a Patron Saint of Confessors, Moralists and Theologians in 1950.

Ven. Foundress, Mother Alphonse Marie, had a great devotion to St. Alphonsus and chose him as one of the main patron of our Congregation.

“Mother Alphonse Marie received the name Alphonse Marie because of her devotion to St. Alphonsus was great. She had chosen him as her guardian. In her ecstasies, Elizabeth heard the voice of Alphonsus, without however seeing him. St. Alphonsus wanted the Congregation to come to the aid of his favorites, the poor and the abandoned. The meek and zealous Fonder of the Redemptorists had also shown her many of the less known happenings of his life. Elizabeth’s deep respect for him was certainly one reason why, from the beginning, the Sisters were called Daughters of the Divine Redeemer. Our Mother Foundress wanted to imitate her holy guardian particularly in interior piety, in zeal for souls and in unbounded trust in the divine mercy. (J. M. Perrin: Mother Alphonse Marie, p. 51).

St. Alphonsus, pray for us
and grant for us a true devotion to Mary and help us in matters of our Congregation.

 

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