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Marian thought for August

"Jesus preserved the body of Mary from being corrupted after death, since it would have dishonored him if corruption had destroyed that virginal flesh from which He had clothed himself.” (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

St. Alphonsus was born on September 27th 1696. He is considered one of the greatest spiritual teachers, and stands out particularly for his devotion to Mary, Jesus’ mother. One of his best known books is The Glories of Mary. He preached and insisted greatly on God’s mercy and forgiveness. He founded the Order of our Most Holy Redeemer. He was canonised in 1839 and proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1871.

Blessed Philip Rinaldi

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"If you do something for the Virgin Mary, she will do much more for you."

Bl. Philip Rinaldi was born on May 28, 1856, in the province of Alessandria, Italy. He had the joy of meeting St. John Bosco who later invited him to become a Salesian. He was ordained a priest in 1882, and a bit later was placed in charge of aspirants to the priesthood. He worked in Spain and Portugal. In 1901, John Bosco's successor named him vicar-general of the congregation. He never allowed his intense work to impide him from exercising his ministry as priest and spiritual guide. He was named Rector Major in 1922 and dedicated himself to the formation of the Salesians. He lived totally committed to his vocation. He fell ill during August 1928 and, realizing its gravity, stated on one occasion, "I have grown old, I must forget about the world." He died in the year 1931, and was beatified on April 9, 1990 by Saint John Paul II..

 

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