He renounced his right of inheritance as oldest son and became a priest, attacking vice with such zeal that he obtained the conversions of a great number of sinners. He took special pity on the poor and those living in rural districts and founded the Congregation of Priests of the Most Holy Redeemer to preach the Gospel to them. Lest anything should turn him from his determination, he bound himself by a perpetual vow never to waste any time. Constant in contemplating the Passion of the Lord and the holy Eucharist, he was outstanding in his devotion to the holy Mother of God, being more than once refreshed by signs of her heavenly protection. He wrote many books of religious instruction and of devotion by which he strove to gain souls for Christ.
He consistently refused the ecclesiastical honours offered to him, but was compelled by the Holy See to accept the Bishopric of the Church of Santa Agata dei Goti, where he was generous to the poor and made himself all things to all men. He also brought nuns back to a more perfect form of life. Serious chronic illnessses led him to resign the episcopal office and return to his disciples. Finally, at the age of ninety years, radiant with innocence of life and penance, he died a most peaceful death in the year 1787. Pope Pius IX declared him a Doctor of the universal Church, and Pius XII established him as the heavenly patron before God of all confessors and moral theologians.
"There is Nothing Shorter than Time, but there is Nothing more Valuable. There is Nothing Shorter than Time; because thePast is no-more, the Future is 'Uncertain', and the Present is but a 'Moment'. This is what Jesus Christmeant, when He said: "A Little While, and now you shall not see Me". We may say the same of our Life, which, according to Saint James, is but a 'Vapor', which is soon Scattered Forever. "For what is your Life? It is a Vapor which Appeareth for a Little While" - James 4:14. But theTime of this Life, is as Precious, as it is Short; for, in every Moment, if we Spend it Well, we can acquire Treasures of Merits for Heaven; but, if we EmployTime Badly, we may in each Moment 'Commit' Sin, and 'Merit' Hell. I mean this Day to show you how Precious is every Moment of the Time which God gives us, not to Lose it, and much less to Commit Sin, but to Perform Good Works, and to Save our Souls."
Sermons of St. Alphonsus Liguori-