Alphonsus Ligouri, Redemptorist Founder

The Marian Charism of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

– Father Samuel Maranto, C.Ss.R.

Published in, Volume 53 (2002)

Evidence of a Marian charism in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer can be gleaned from a study of the institute's history, including its spirituality. Originating in St. Alphonus Liguori and his Marian theology, this charism has been an essential feature of Redemptorist life down to the present. This charism is inextricably linked to the mission of the institute--"To preach the good news of plentiful redemption to the most abandoned, especially the poor"--and aids in its accomplishment. In the ongoing adaptation of this mission to the need of the poor for evangelization and to the concrete realities of the world today, the Congregation draws on its Marian charism for insight, inspiration and openness to the will of God. Moreover, his charism has proven to be a means by which Redemptorists are drawn deeper into the mystery of God, to personal conversion, into the heart of human suffering and loneliness. 

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