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The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ
In The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ, Saint Alphonsus Liguori points out the practical wisdom contained in St. Paul's meditation on love in 1 Corinthians 13. We should love Jesus, he says, no matter what happens, and we should be kind and without envy in our everyday dealings. The reader will learn the benefits of desire, resolution, prayer, and frequent communion. ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 8th 2010 by Eremitical Press
(first published 1768)
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Saint Alfonso Liguori was an Italian Catholic Bishop, spiritual writer, theologian, and founder of the Redemptorists, an influential religious order. He was canonized in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI and declared a Doctor of the Church.More about Alfonso María de Liguori...
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