St. Alphonsus Liguori

St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) was an Italian bishop and Doctor of the Church who was canonized in 1839.  In his day he was a prolific writer who produced great works on a vast array of subjects, including moral and spiritual theology.  TAN Books has published a great many of his books in English.

Como,,Italy,-,May,8,,2015:,The,Ceiling,Fresco,Of

Discourse on the Feast of the Assumption

Meditation on the Death of Mary On this day the Church celebrates, in honour of Mary, two solemn festivals; the first is that of her happy passage from this world; the second, that of her glorious Assumption into Heaven. In the present discourse we shall speak of her happy passage from this world; and in…

Catania,,Italy,-,April,7,,2018:,The,Painting,Of,Immaculate

Mary is the Hope of All (PART II)

In the Book of Proverbs Mary herself tells us that she possesses all the riches of God, that is to say, His mercies, that she may dispense them in favour of her lovers: “With me are riches . . . and glorious riches . . . that I may enrich them that love me.” And…

Pavia,,Italy.,November,11,2017.,The,Painting,Of,The,Assumption

Mary is the Hope of All (PART I)

OUR HOPE Modern heretics cannot endure that we should salute and call Mary our Hope: ‘Hail, our Hope!’ They say that God alone is our hope; and that He curses those who put their trust in creatures in these words of the prophet Jeremias: “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man.” Mary, they exclaim,…

Four,Rivers,Fountain,And,St.agnes,Church,In,Navona,Square,,Rome,

Uniformity with God’s Will

Perfection is founded entirely on the love of God: “Charity is the bond of perfection;” (Col. 3:14) and perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s: “The principal effect of love is to unite the wills of those who love each other as to make them will the same things.”…

Barcelona,,Spain,-,March,5,,2020:,The,Painting,Of,Jesus

God Wills Our Good

“If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will.” -St. Alphonsus Our Lord assured His apostles the reward of following his will, “Your joy no man shall take from you…your joy shall be full”…

An,Image,Of,A,Beautiful,Religious,Fresco,In,Ochsenhausen,Germany

God Wills You to Be Happy

He and he alone, whose will is perfectly united to God’s possesses “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7). Happiness and conformity to the will of God work in tandem and have always been a common theme for Catholic theologians and spiritual writers on the subject of joy. Saint Thomas Aquinas, following…