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Alphonso wanted to be a Jesuit priest, but when his father died, he returned home to run the family business. He got married and had three children. But then one by one, his family died, and Alphonso sold the business and went back to the Jesuits. He wasn’t healthy enough for the priesthood, but he was accepted as a lay brother. He worked as the hall porter for 46 years, greeting visitors, running errands and delivering messages. Most of the Jesuits didn’t notice that Alphonsus had a wonderful ministry. Many people came to him for advice and spiritual direction.
Perhaps the reason Saint Alphonsus was so effective in ministering to people was the fact that each time the doorbell rang, he looked at the door and pictured God Himself standing outside. This is an attitude we can all develop in our own hearts! To help you remember, place a small icon or picture of the Lord on your front door.