St Aloysius Gonzaga

Born in the castle of Castiglione, 9 March, 1568; died 21 June, 1591. At eight he was placed in the court of Francesco de'Medici in Florence where he remained for two years, going then to Mantua. At Brescia, when he was twelve, he came under the spiritual guidance of St Charles Borromeo and from him received First Communion. In 1581 he went with his father to Spain, and he and his brother were made pages of James, the son of Philip II. While there he formed the resolution of becoming a Jesuit, though he first thought of joining the Discalced Carmelites, He returned to Italy in 1584 after the death of the Infanta, and after much difficulty in securing his father's consent, renounced his heritage in favour of his brother, 2 November, 1585, a proceeding which required the approval of the emperor, as Castiglione was a fief of the empire.

He presented himself to Father Claudius Acquaviva, who was then General of the Society,, 25 November, 1585. Before the end of his novitiate, he passed a brilliant public act in philosophy, having made his philosophical, and also his mathematical studies before his entrance. He had in fact distinguished himself, when in Spain, by a public examination not only in philosophy, but also in theology, at the University of Alcala.. He made his vows 25 November, 1587. Immediately after, he began his theological studies. Among his professors were Fathers Vasquez and Azor. In 1591 when in his fourth year of theology a famine and pestilence broke out in Italy.

Though in delicate health, he devoted himself to the care of the sick, but on March 3 he fell ill and died 21 June, 1591. He was beatified by Gregory XV in 1621 and canonised by Benedict XIII in 1726. His remains are in the church of St. Ignazio in Rome in a magnificent urn of lapis lazuli wreathed with festoons of silver. The altar has for its centrepiece a large marble relief of the Saint by Le Gros. St Aloysius was named the patron of youth at his canonisation by Pope Benedict XIII, Saint Aloysius is especially important to our culture today, in which so many young people have lost sight of the meaning of Christ and of our eternal home.

 

Prayer of St Aloysius

St. Aloysius,
You were a faithful follower of Christ. You steadfastly strove for perfection while generously serving the plague-stricken. Help our youth today who are faced with a plague of false cults and false gods. Show them how to harness their energies and use them for their own and others fulfilment for the greater glory of God. Amen


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