June 21

Saint-Aloysius-Gonzaga.jpgHoly God, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, at age 16, gave up his inherited right to be a prince so that he could grow in sanctity through the Jesuit discipline.  He died young, at age 23, because he contracted a disease from the sick people he had helped.  Now he is the patron saint of youth.  I ask him to intercede for the youth in my family, my parish community, and my neighborhood.  O Lord, excite their faith, and help them discover You are their friend.  Teach our churches how to draw them in and meet their spiritual needs.  Bring new life to our parishes by getting the youth involved in contributing their fresh ideas.  Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

He who wishes to love God does not truly love Him if he has not an ardent and constant desire to suffer for His sake. >>

There is no more evident sign that anyone is a saint and of the number of the elect, than to see him leading a good life and at the same time a prey to desolation, suffering, and trials. >>

O Holy Mary, my Lady, into your blessed trust and safe keeping and into the depths of your mercy, I commend my soul and body this day, every day of my life, and at the hour of my death. To you I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life. >>

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