Founder of the Redemptorists, St Alphonsus was a most prolific writer, on many subjects concerning the spiritual life. His life spanned the seventeenth and eighteenth century, in Italy.

He said: ‘Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends’. This is advice we can all heed, in all our varying circumstances. God is indeed the most loving of friends.

May St Alphonsus pray for us, and may God bless you this day.