Monday, June 21, 2010

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Saint Aloysius was born of the princely family of Castiglione in 1568 near Mantua in Lombardy. Instructed in piety by his mother, he manifested an inclination to religious life. He legally delivered his share of the ancestral dominion to his brother and entered the Society of Jesus. While serving the sick during a plague, he himself contracted the disease and died in 1591.

Father of love, giver of all good things, in Saint Aloysius You combined remarkable innocence with the spirit of penance. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Liturgy of the Hours

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