Alphonsus Liguori (1696–1787) was an Italian bishop, composer (his best known musical work is his Christmas carol, Quanno Nascetti Ninno, “From Starry Skies Thou Comest”), musician, poet, lawyer, philosopher and theologian (he wrote 111 works on spirituality and theology). Most importantly, he was a lover of Christ, of our Triune God. His words, drawn from his experience in faith, may help, as we each struggle in different ways, with outer turmoil and inner turmoil.
"The more a person loves God, the more reason he has to hope in Him. This hope produces in the Saints an unutterable peace, which they preserve even in adversity, because as they love God, and know how beautiful He is to those who love Him, they place all their confidence and find all their repose in Him alone."
Let us, as we are, perhaps unsure, perhaps weary and worried, perhaps not feeling very loving or very loved, place all our confidence and find all our response in God.
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The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington