Doctor Zelantissimus (Doctor Most Zealous)...
"...this title is given to a saint from whose writings the whole Church is held to have derived great advantage and to whom "eminent learning" and "great sanctity" have been attributed by a proclamation of a pope...
This honour is given rarely, and only after canonisation."
This day (23rd March) in 1871
St Alphonsus M de'Liguori,
Founder and Bishop
(Most Zealous Doctor)
There are only 33 Doctors of the Church.
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St. Alphonsus Liguori’s
50 Maxims for Attaining
Perfection in the Love of Jesus Christ
1. To desire ardently to increase in the love of Jesus Christ
2. To make acts of love toward Jesus Christ.
Immediately on waking, and before going to sleep,
make an act of love, seeking always to unite your own will
to the will of Jesus Christ.
3. Often to meditate on His Passion.
4. Always to ask Jesus Christ for His love.
5. To communicate often and many times in the day to make spiritual communions.
6. Often to visit the Most Holy Sacrament.
7. Every morning to receive from the hands of Jesus Christ himself your own cross.
8. To desire Paradise and Death in order to be able to love Jesus Christ perfectly and for all eternity.
9. Often to speak of the love of Jesus Christ.
10. To accept contradictions for the love of Jesus Christ.
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11. To rejoice in the happiness of God.
12. To do that which is most pleasing to Jesus Christ,
and not to refuse Him anything that is agreeable to Him.
13. To desire and to endeavor that all should love Jesus Christ.
14. To pray always for sinners and for the souls in Purgatory.
15. To drive from your heart every affection
that does not belong to Jesus Christ.
16. Always to have recourse to the Most Holy Mary,
that she may obtain for us the love of Jesus Christ.
17. To honor Mary in order to please Jesus Christ.
18. To seek to please Jesus Christ in all of your actions.
19. To offer yourself to Jesus Christ to suffer any pain for His love.
20. To be always determined to die rather than commit a willful venial sin.
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21. To suffer crosses patiently, saying, “Thus it pleases Jesus Christ.”
22. To renounce your own pleasures for the love of Jesus Christ.
23. To pray as much as possible.
24. To practice all the mortifications that obedience permits.
25. To do all your spiritual exercises as if it were for the last time.
26. To persevere in good works in the time of aridity.
27. Not to do nor yet to leave undone anything through human respect.
28. Not to complain in sickness.
29. To love solitude, to be able to converse alone with Jesus Christ.
30. To drive away melancholy.
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31. Often to recommend yourself to those persons who love Jesus Christ.
32. In temptation, to have recourse to Jesus crucified, and to Mary in her sorrows.
33. To trust entirely in the Passion of Jesus Christ.
34. After committing a fault, not to be discouraged, but to repent and resolve to amend.
35. To do good to those who do evil.
36. To speak well of all, and to excuse the intention when you cannot defend the action.
37. To help your neighbor as much as you can.
38. Neither to say nor to do anything that might vex him.
And if you have been wanting in charity, to ask his pardon and to speak kindly to him.
39. Always to speak with mildness and in a low tone.
40. To offer to Jesus Christ all the contempts and persecution that you meet with.
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41. To look upon Superiors as the representatives of Jesus Christ.
42. To obey without answering and without repugnance,
and not to seek your own satisfaction in anything.
43. To like the lowest employments.
44. To like the poorest things.
45. Not to speak either good or evil of yourself.
46. To humble yourself even towards inferiors.
47. Not to excuse yourself when you are reproved.
48. Not to defend yourself when found fault with.
49. To be silent when you are disquieted.
50. Always to renew your determination of becoming a saint, saying,
“My Jesus, I desire to be all Thine, and Thou must be all mine.”