Morning Meditation for the Fourth Wednesday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

Hell will not cease to attack and tempt even the Saints at the hour of their death. But it is also true that God will not cease to assist and multiply helps for His faithful servants. The souls of the just are in the hands of God and the torment of death shall not touch them (Wis. iii. 1).

Evening Meditations for the Fourth Tuesday after Epiphany ~ Alphonsus Liguori

He that seeks peace in creatures will never find it, because no creatures are fitted to give satisfaction to the heart. God has created man for Himself Who is an Infinite Good; wherefore God alone can content man. Hence it comes that many persons, though loaded with riches, honours and earthly pleasures, are never satisfied; they are ever seeking for more honours, more possessions, and more amusements; and, however many they obtain, they are always restless, and never enjoy a day of true peace. Delight thou in the Lord, and he shall give thee the requests of thy heart (Ps. xxxvi. 4).

Spiritual Reading for the Fourth Tuesday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

The name of St. Agnes has obtained universal celebrity. St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. Maximus, Prudentius and other illustrious writers,* have been her panegyrists, and she is also mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.

Morning Meditation for the Fourth Tuesday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

He who wishes to see God must necessarily pass through the gate of death. Death is the end of labour and the gate of life, says St. Bernard. This is the gate of the Lord: the just shall enter into it.

Evening Meditations for the Fourth Monday after Epiphany ~ Alphonsus Liguori

Who in this world has so much patience with his equals as God has with us His creatures, in bearing with us and waiting for our repentance after the many offences we have committed against Him?

Spiritual Reading for the Fourth Monday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

This Saint was born of Christian parents who dwelt at Narbonne, in Languedoc, but were natives of Milan. St. Ambrose relates that by reason of his extraordinary talents and exemplary conduct, our Saint was much beloved by Diocletian who appointed him captain of the first company of his guards.

Morning Meditation for the Fourth Monday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

The present life is an unceasing warfare with hell, in which we are in constant danger. The news of their approaching death filled the Saints with consolation. They knew that their struggles and dangers were soon to have an end and that they should soon be in secure possession of the happy lot in which they could never more lose God.

Evening Meditations for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany ~ Alphonsus Liguori

Viewed according to the senses, death excites fear and terror; but viewed with the eyes of Faith, it is consoling and desirable. To sinners it appears full of terror; but to the Saints it is amiable and precious. “It is precious,” says St. Bernard, “as the end of labours, the consummation of victory, the gate of life.” It is the end of toils and labours. Man, says Job, born of woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries (Job xiv. 1). Behold a picture of our life! It is short and all full of miseries, of infirmities, of fears, and of passions.

Spiritual Reading for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

As long as we live on this earth we must, according to St. Paul, work out our salvation in fear and trembling in the midst of the dangers by which we are beset. Once upon a time when a certain ship was in the open sea a great tempest arose which made the captain tremble. In the hold of the vessel there was an animal eating with as much tranquillity as if the sea were perfectly calm.

Morning Meditation for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

The boat on the sea represents man in this world. As a vessel is exposed to a thousand dangers, — to pirates, to quicksands, to hidden rocks and to tempests, so man in this life is encompassed with perils. Who shall be able to deliver us? Only God: Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it (Ps. cxxvi. 2).

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