Alphonsus was born at Naples in the year 1696. He studied law and took his doctor’s degree in both civil and canon law, became a priest and later founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists). In order to promote among the faithful a truly Christian life he spent his time in preaching and in writing, especially about moral theology of which discipline he is looked upon as the master. He was chosen to the Bishop of Sant’ Agata dei Goti, but soon gave up the post and returned to his own Congregation where he died at Nocera dei Pagani in Campagna in the year 1787.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You never cease to give new saints to Your Church as a pattern for holy living. Help us to imitate Saint Alphonsus in his zeal for souls, that we may share his reward in heaven. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 1 August 2017
A Christian Pilgrim