-- Was a scion of Neapolitan nobility?
-- Started out as a lawyer -- was in fact quite a famous lawyer, until he lost an important case and abandoned the law at age 27?
-- Had an almost all-out war with his father over his priestly vocation?
-- Founded the Redemptoristines, a women's order, before founding the Redemptorists?
-- Was effectively expelled from his own congregation by Pope Pius VI?
-- Was an accomplished musician and composer?
-- Wrote over 100 books -- many for the average reader?
-- Resolved never to waste a single moment of time -- and spent over 90 years carrying out this resolution?
St. Alphonsus' Prayer for the End of the Day
Jesus Christ my God, I adore you and I thank you for all the graces you have given me this day. I offer you my sleep and all the moments of this night, and I implore you to keep me safe from sin. To this end I place myself in your sacred side and under the mantle of our Lady, my Mother. Let your holy angels surround me and keep me in peace; and let your blessing be upon me. Amen.