St Alphonus Liguori is well known to Catholics as a great theologian, founder of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists), and a Doctor of the Church. But why is there an arthritis novena to St Alphonsus?
Why St. Alphonsus is a Patron Saint of Arthritis
In addition to his illustrious titles, St Alphonsus is also the Patron Saint of arthritis & aging.
You see, St Alphonsus experienced really painful arthritis all his life. This is why he is often portrayed with his chin touching his neck.
Soon after becoming Bishop at the age of 66, his arthritis of the hips and pelvis became progressively worse and he developed curvature of the spine.
“When the doctor came to him, he noticed an unpleasant odour. Alphonsus’ chin and beard had eaten into his chest, and the raw, gaping wound was infected. He had a high fever and the infection spread through his whole system. The slightest movement caused him agony, like the suffering of Job.”Alphonsus: patron of arthritis
His Arthritis was so Bad, He Prepared Himself for Death
St Alphonsus resigned himself to his arthritis, while preparing himself for death.
But death, didn’t come.
He lived a lot longer and suffered to the point of offering Mass being excruciatingly painful.
He eventually died in peace and with a calm mind.
Does Prayer Really Work for Arthritis?
Either St Augustine or St Ignatius of Loyola said, “Pray as if it all depended on God; act as if it all depended on you”.
So we can, and should, use remedies for arthritis, like turmeric.
However, arthritis is a difficult disease to treat and one should use all weapons in one’s arsenal.
Because St Alphonsus Liguori knew what it was like to suffer from unbearable arthritis, those who suffer from arthritis have recourse to him.
Pray this Novena for help with arthritis.
Arthritis Novena to Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Glorious Saint Alphonsus, loving father of the poor and sick, all your life you devoted yourself with a charity really heroic to lightening their spiritual and bodily miseries. Full of confidence in your tender pity for the sick, since you yourself have patiently borne the cross of illness, I come to you for help in my present need.
Mention your request
Loving father of the suffering, Saint Alphonsus, whom I invoke as the Arthritis Saint, since you suffered from this disease in your lifetime, look with compassion upon me in my suffering. Beg god to give me good health. If it is not God’s will to cure me, then give me strength to bear my cross patiently and to offer my sufferings in union with my crucified Savior and his Mother of Sorrows, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, in reparation for my sins and those of others, for the needs of this troubled world, and for the souls in purgatory.
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be.
Saint Alphonsus, patron of the sick, pray for me. Amen.
Love All Things St Alphonsus? You’ll Love These Books
- The Glories of Mary
- Preparation for Death: Considerations on Eternal Truths by St Alphonsus Liguori(Large Print)
- The Sermons of St. Alphonsus Liguori for All the Sundays of the Year
- The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation
- Comfy Brace Arthritis Hand Compression Gloves
- Hemp Pain Relief Kit
- Wireless Heated Knee Wrap Massager
- BioGanix Pain Relief Supplement with BioPerine, Turmeric and Black Pepper Anti-inflammatory Extract, 500 mg, 60 Capsules