As the title indicates, this famous booklet of St. Alphonsus Liguori teaches us how to speak personally and with confidence in prayer to God, who, the Saint says, will not "speak" to us unless we first speak to Him. It covers every aspect of our personal relationship with God. St. Paul says of Our Lord, "In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him".(Ephesians 3:12). Thus, we can approach God as His friends, with confidence and boldness. Yes, we spiritual pygmies are to approach with boldness the Almighty and Infinite God! But that is how God wants us to be - familiar, confident, bold and constant!
This is a brief, easy, but truly important little book that everyone should read carefully and put into practice in order to grow in grace and save his soul!
St. Alphonsus Liguori
St. Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 to Neapolitan nobility at Marianella, Italy. He became a recognisable lawyer after going through law school at the age of sixteen, but later decided to leave law in favor of giving his salvation more attention. Alphonsus joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a seminarian and was ordained in 1726, when he was thirty. The homilies he gave had the special ability of converting those who had fallen away from the faith. He also founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and authored such works as The Glories of Mary, The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, Attaining Salvation, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Preparation for Death Abridged, What Will Hell Be Like?, The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation, and The Way of the Cross.
After being a bishop for over a decade, St. Alphonsus Liguori died on the first of August, 1787. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839, and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871. His feast is celebrated on August 1.