St. Alphonsus Liguori, the Prince of Moral Theologians, was one of the greatest preachers in Church history. A religious founder, consummate theologian, and holy man of God, Saint Alphonsus never fails to utter a stirring word that draws out a lively penitence and redoubled dedication to the work of God from his audience. He was also a great mariologist and a devout son of Our Lady (his congregation eventually gained custody of the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help). Hear from one of Our Lady's all-time greatest apostles and one of the greatest writers and Doctors of the Church in The Blessed Virgin Mary.
In this work, excerpted from his larger Glories of Mary (also available from TAN), St. Alphonsus zealously and profoundly illuminates the meaning of Mary as Our Queen, Our Mother, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope. "Out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaketh," and St. Alphonsus's heart was only filled to the brim with genuine desire for innocence and purity of heart in all his spiritual children, most especially through devotion to the Blessed Mother. Writing to defend her against impious attacks and diminishments of Marian devotion, St. Alphonsus shows that devotion to Our Lady is a most certain mark of eternal salvation. His words gives profound encouragement and firm hope for eternal victory through Mary; the Mother of God—who can obtain from her Divine Son anything she asks.
Though relatively brief, The Blessed Virgin Mary exudes that holy erudition of St. Alphonsus that stirs so deeply the heart of Catholics as to make it seem a much longer treatise. Seldom in life will you find a book of such saintly unction as this—or one that will leave such a profound and lasting effect.
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