The Life of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri Audio CD
Title: Saint Alphonsus Ligouri
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: Audio CD Disc
Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Lawyer - Bishop - Founder -Religious Superior - Theologian - Mystic - Author - Poet - Doctor of the Church - Missionary
Who is this Saint Alphonsus, who has so many credits to his name? In order to answer that question, we must travel to Marianella, a village near Naples, in the troubled days of the 18th Century.
As God made a promise, He would not leave us orphans, the Church was under attack! Send a future Defender of the Faith! Unrest was spreading throughout Europe and the American colonies; and it would not leave Italy free from its tentacles. We were in the Age of Enlightenment, where the philosophy was an egocentric, prideful belief in the power of human reason, rather than the universal, Catholic belief in and dependence on God. Great enemies of the Roman Catholic Church, and all forms of religion, those egotists, fostering this theory, placed the focus on knowledge derived through the study of nature, rather than of the One Who created nature. Promulgators or promoters of this ideology, writers of that period, like Voltaire, accused the Roman Catholic Church of having enslaved the human mind. Although they did not go so far as to completely reject religion, they formed a new cultist form of religion called Deism, accepting the existence of God, “on purely rational grounds, without reliance on Revelation or Authority.” They rejected all forms of Christianity - consequently the existence of Jesus Christ. They promoted the rationale that human aspirations should be centered on the now, life on earth, rather than centering our lives on eternal life in the Kingdom to come. They taught that God created the world and its natural laws, but takes no further part in its functioning. The primary focus of this new cult was to mold their consciences into their new way of life - centering on man rather than God.
We trace the life of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri Doctor of the Church
Learn about St. Agata dei Goti in Southern Italy, where he was bishop.
He founded the Order of Redemptorists and returned after 13 years as bishop of Sant’Agata and where he died.