The Great Means of
Salvation and of Perfection
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Doctor of the Church
his gifts and talents, yet always aware of his
faults and weaknesses,
developed a special kinship with the poor people of the countryside of Naples.
He experienced the anguish of the uneducated rural people who often felt
abandoned by the
Church during life and who seemed to be at the mercy of a
tyrannical God at
death. The central message of Alphonsus'
preaching and writing
became a proclamation that the redemption offered by
Jesus Christ is available
to all those who pray. This was
liberating good news, especially for the
classes. Alphonsus taught that salvation is available to
all who pray, that
everyone has the grace to
pray, and that those who choose
choosing not to be saved, since "ordinarily all adults are saved by prayer" and
"we ought also to take for granted that everyone has sufficient aid from
Dedication to Jesus and Mary
O INCARNATE WORD, Thou hast given Thy Blood and Thy
Life to confer on our prayers that power by which, according to Thy promise,
they obtain for us all that we ask. And we, O God, are so careless of our
salvation, that we will not even ask Thee for the graces that we must have if we
should be saved! In prayer Thou hast given us the key of all Thy Divine
treasures; and we, rather than pray, choose to remain in our misery. Alas! O
Lord, enlighten us, and make us know the value of prayers, offered in Thy name
and by Thy merits, in the eyes of Thy Eternal Father. I consecrate to Thee this
my book; bless it, and grant that all those into whose hands it falls may have
the will to pray always, and may exert themselves to stir up others also to
avail themselves of this great means of salvation.
To thee also do I recommend my little work, O Mary,
great Mother of God: patronize it, and obtain for all who read it the spirit of
prayer, and of continual recourse in all their necessities to thy Son, and to
thee, who art the Dispenser of graces, the Mother of mercy, and who never
leavest unsatisfied him who recommends himself to thee, O mighty Virgin, but
obtainest from God for thy servants whatever thou askest.
Bene: Bible verses quoted in these sermons are from the
English Douay-Rheims translation commissioned by the Catholic Church.
PART I: THE NECESSITY, POWER,
AND CONDITIONS OF PRAYER
PART II: THE GRACE OF PRAYER GIVEN TO ALL
AND THIS GRACE'S ORDINARY MODE OF OPERATION
PART III: MENTAL PRAYER
This World's Most Powerful Prayers
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
is the world's most powerful prayer, during which we re-enact
Jesus' bloody sacrifice on
the Cross and offer ourselves to Him. Attend
daily Mass piously and
as often as humanly possible.
||The world's second most powerful
prayer is the Stations of the Cross, during which we
Jesus' horrible sufferings for our
redemption. Say the
the Cross often; contemplate His
sufferings throughout your day.
||During the Holy Rosary
we contemplate the Joyful, Glorious, Luminous and Sorrowful
Mysteries of Our Lord. Recite the
Holy Rosary daily;
fifteen minutes well spent.