A novena to St. Alphonse Liguori, whose feast day is Aug 1st, begins Saturday, July 23rd. He’s the patron saint of arthritis sufferers and those with scrupulosity (sometimes related to obsessive compulsive disorder).
I love this saint, although I have not read as much of his works as I’d like. I have read, and highly recommend The Glories Of Mary. The version that I linked to is from Tan Books and is the most complete volume (other publishers offer the Glories of Mary, but in an abridged form.) You read this book and you will end up loving Our Lady even more than before. This version is:
The Glories of Mary is five complete books in one volume. The first book examines the words of the Salve Regina and shows how God has given Mary to mankind to be the Gate of Heaven. The second book explains Our Lady’s principal feasts and reveals fresh truths about these mysteries. The third book explains the Seven Sorrows of Mary and why Our Lady’s martyrdom was longer and greater than that of all other martyrs. The fourth book describes ten different virtues of Our Lady, and the fifth book provides dozens of famous prayers, meditations, and devotions to her.
Included are the theological proofs for the Immaculate Conception, explanations of the invocations in the Litany of Loreto, and a description of Our Lady’s death. The Glories of Mary is the greatest compendium of nearly eighteen centuries of teaching on Our Lady and seeks to lead many souls to a greater love of Jesus through a more intimate knowledge of Mary and her exalted role in our salvation.
Source: Tan Books
Another book he wrote that I absolutely love is Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, which I often use in, well, visits to the Blessed Sacrament. It is thirty-one meditations, perfect for a quick fifteen minute visit to Our Lord.
A very good biography of him is right here: St. Alphonse Liguori.Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics" and "The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts" (Thank you!!)