Saint for the Day - June 21 - St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Aloysius, the eldest
son of Ferdinand Gonzaga, Marquis of Castiglione,
was born on the 9th of March, 1568. The first words
he pronounced were the holy names of Jesus and Mary.
When he was nine years of age he made a vow of
perpetual virginity, and by a special grace was ever
exempted from temptations against purity. He
received his first Communion at the hands of St.
Charles Borromeo. At an early age he resolved to
leave the world, and in a vision was directed by our
blessed Lady to join the Society of Jesus.
The Saint's mother rejoiced on learning his
determination to become a religious, but his father
for three years refused his consent. At length St.
Aloysius obtained permission to enter the novitiate
on the 25th of November, 1585. He took his vows
after two years, and went through the ordinary
course of philosophy and theology. He was wont to
say he doubted whether without penance grace would
continue to make head against I nature, which, when
not afflicted and chastised, tends gradually to
relapse into its old state, losing the habit of
suffering acquired by the labor of years. "I am a
crooked piece of iron," he said, "and am come into
religion to be made straight by the hammer of
mortification and penance."
During his last year of theology a malignant fever
broke out in Rome; the Saint offered himself for the
service of the sick, and he was accepted for the
dangerous duty. Several of the brothers caught the
fever, and Aloysius was of the number. He was
brought to the point of death, but recovered, only
to fall, however, into slow fever, which carried him
off after three months. He died, repeating the Holy
Name, a little after midnight between the 20th and
21st of June, on the octave-day of Corpus Christi,
being Prather more than twenty-three years of age.
Saint for the Day - St. Aloysius Gonzaga
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