By Bil Kimes
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St Alphonsus de Liguori wrote, “The business of eternal salvation is to us the most important of all affairs, but it is also the most neglected by Christians.”
St Alphonsus Liguori, bishop and Doctor of the Church, Prince of Moralists, Most Zealous Doctor, patron of confessors and moral theologians, author of numerous books, and founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, whose members are commonly known as the Redemptorists.
St Alphonsus de Liguori was born at the Liguori family country house at the town of Marianella, two and one-half miles north of Naples. The noble parents, Don Joseph Liguori, captain of a royal galley and Anna Cavalieri, show a hard-driving, take-no-chances Catholicity in providing the first of their eight children with patrons. Born on September 27, 1696, he was baptized two days later and named, Alphonsus Mary Anthony John Francis Cosmas Damian Michaelangelo Gaspar de Liguori!
To help people hear that welcome of the Lord at their supreme moment, St Alphonsus wrote a book and called it appropriately Preparation for Death (available from St Clement ePress in iBook format). It is a ‘how to’ book, in which St Alphonsus shares with us ways to make sure that our supreme moment of death is a moment of intense joy and jubilation, not a moment of intense woe and terror. The plan of the book is simple: thirty-six considerations, each of which is divided into three points; thus there are 108 topics for reading and meditation and, hopefully, for decision and conversion. At the conclusion of the book he grouped several themes into an eight-day retreat, which is the basis for this Retreat App and added reflective Meditations for each day of the week available only in the App.
Every meditation combines the beauty of art for meditation and messages that are a must read and prayed. St Alphonsus was a lover. He loved God with all his heart, and he loved people with all his heart. He showed this love by giving his life, a long life of ninety years, to helping others come to God and to love him and to be prepared for death. The iBook and this companion App are perfect for retreat at home or on location, Adoration, daily reading and meditation. Don’t pass this one by! This App is a must have for everyone serious about growing closer to God!
“The business of eternal salvation is to us the most important of all affairs, but it is also the most neglected by Christians.” St Alphonsus Mary Anthony John Francis Cosmas Damian Michaelangelo Gaspar de Liguori!
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This app is wonderful, St Alphonsus can be funny, he can be serious, here in this retreat he is serious. He shows us how we committ sin so easy, even though we hurt God terribly. It's like slapping Jesus in the face. How can we do this and not fear hell? We can dying anytime, we must not commit mortal sin. Alphonsus shows us why we should fear sin and death. But he also gives us what we need to stop it, and save our soul. If this retreat is done sincerely, we will come away from it with a greater love for God and our soul. We will also have a better understanding what mortal sin does to our poor soul and why we can't let it go on. This is a beautiful retreat in taken from a beautiful and power book. Buy this one! You can't go wrong.
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I LOVE THIS APP! St Alphonsus helps bring to mind that which we tend to forget. Most of us are too busy living to think about dying - but we all will. This APP helps us prepare for the inevitable. YOU NEED THIS APP.