The Glories of Mary (Alba House) by St Alphonsus Liguori

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Author: St Alphonsus Liguori
Publisher: Alba House New York Pages: 222
Binding: Paperback
Code: 0561-1

“I have tried to collect, from as many authors as possible, the choicest passages that promote the love of Mary.” With these words, St Alphonsus Liguori introduces us to The Glories of Mary which has become a spiritual and literary classic and a source of joy for all ages. The major portion of the book is devoted to an explanation of the “Hail Holy Queen,” an ancient yet ever-popular prayer familiar to Catholics everywhere. This is followed by a series of discourses on the major feasts of Mary and some reflections on her Seven Sorrows. Two very brief sections—one on the virtues of Mary and the other on devotions to her — complete the work. It is hoped that this modern, abridged edition will make this classic available to many who would otherwise find the length and somewhat flowery vocabulary of earlier editions unacceptable.


About the Author: Born in 1696 of a noble Neapolitan family, St. Alphonsus Liguori graduated at age sixteen from the University of Naples with two degrees, in canon and civil law, and immediately went to work in a law office. Twelve years later, he set law aside for the priesthood and was ordained in 1726. In 1732, he founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) who specialized in preaching missions and hearing confessions. Made Bishop of Sant’Agata dei Goti in 1762, he became interested in the reform of the clergy and upgrading seminaries. Stricken with a rheumatic illness that eventually forced him to retire he wrote a standard text on moral theology, The Glories of Mary, and a number of other ascetical works. He died in 1787 and was canonized in 1839. Pope Pius IX declared him a Doctor of the Church in 1871, and in 1950 Pope Pius XII made him patron of moral theologians and confessors.