St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori 12 Monthly Virtues

For St. Alphonsus Liguori, growth in the spiritual life was a primary pastoral concern. Typical of his simple approach to prayer, he recommended the practice of a particular virtue each month, beginning with the three theological virtues. St. Alphonsus believed that personal reflection, prayer, and the daily living of the monthly virtue could be a powerful means of “putting on Christ.” The daily effort for personal transformation into Christ became the basis of his spirituality. An outline plan appeared in St. Alphonsus’ own private notebook.

Monthly Virtues and Patrons

Month Virtue Scriptural Citation
January Faith I am the Light of the World. – John 8:12
February Hope Because he has hoped in me, I will deliver and protect him, because he has known my name. – Psalm 91:14
March Love of God Love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, soul and mind, and with thy whole strength. – Mark 12:30
April Love of Neighbor This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. – John 15:12
May Poverty Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God. – Matthew 5:3
June Purity of Heart Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8
July Obedience You are my friends if you do the things that I command you. – John 15:14
August Meekness and Humility of Heart Learn of me because I am meek and humble of heart. – Matthew 11:29
September Mortification He that hates his life in this world keeps it to life eternal. – John 12:25
October Recollection and Silence Jesus, having dismissed the multitude, when up to a mountain alone to pray. – Matthew 14:23
November Prayer We ought always to pray and not to faint. – Luke 18:1
December Self-Abnegation and Love of the Cross If anyone will come after me, deny yourselves. Take up the cross, and follow me. – Matthew 16:24

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