My Bookshelf: Six Discourses on Natural Calamities, Divine Threats, and the Four Gates of Hell by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Another book read during Adoration. The book is broken into six writings from one of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church. I know I've questioned and wondered why God would allow natural disasters that have people suffer, but St. Alphonsus Liguori breaks down the how and why God does.

It's well worth reading, here's a quick summary...

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, great Doctor of the Church, has written six of the most powerful discourses on how God uses natural calamities such as Floods, Storms, Droughts, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, etc. to warn people to change their ways, rather than as punishments. He discusses how God threatens to chastise us in order to save us from chastisement; how sinners often refuse to believe in God's Divine Threats until the chastisements come upon them; how God is merciful for a season and then chastises; how external devotions are useless if we do not cleanse our souls from sin; how God chastises us in this life for our good, not for our destruction; and the four principal gates of Hell, which are Hatred, Blasphemy, Theft and Impurity. Included are quotes from Scripture on particular calamities that God uses to warn us to change our ways.

I found "External Devotions are Useless if we do not Cleanse our Souls from Sin" interesting and realized how important it is for us to take care of ourselves first. This is always something I struggle with, and I know I won't be of any use to my family or friends if I don't turn completely towards God. Hearing sermons or attending Mass alone isn't enough, you need to change inside yourself to avoid sin!

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St. Alphonsus Liguori, Pray for Us!