St. Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591) was a younger man who skilled his religion as one thing extra vital than the worldly issues of life. He lived in Renaissance Italy, a time famous for its excessive cultural achievements and low ethical requirements.

Because he was born of a noble household, Aloysius was very conversant in court docket life, serving for a time as a web page to King Philip II of Spain. The extra he noticed of such life, nevertheless, the much less he appreciated its violent and licentious facets. His father desired him to be an incredible navy chief, however Aloysius, impressed by a guide describing the work of Jesuit missionaries in India, determined to enter the Society of Jesus. His appalled father forbade this, and had eminent churchmen try to persuade his son to comply with a “regular” way of life, however Aloysius was to not be deterred.

After a four-year battle of wills between father and son, the youth was allowed to enter the Jesuit novitiate in Rome. Aloysius needed to adapt himself to Jesuit self-discipline, which was much less rigorous than that which he was already observing on his personal (as an illustration, he was now obliged to eat and recreate extra, and pray much less typically than was his customized). Nonetheless, Aloysius was a mannequin novice; he studied philosophy and had St. Robert Bellarmine as his religious director. The Jesuits established a hospital in Rome when a plague broke out in 1591; Aloysius was very energetic there in caring for the sufferers. He himself caught a lingering fever, however he continued his nice self-discipline of prayer till his loss of life at age twenty-three a number of months later.


1. Jesus stated, “What revenue does a person present who good points the entire world at the price of his soul?” (Lk 9:25). St. Aloysius Gonzaga took these phrases to coronary heart, and rejected the allurements of the world so as to comply with Christ.

2. Sometimes dad and mom’ wishes for his or her kids are opposite to God’s will; as Aloysius’ life exhibits, a holy persistence (mixed with respect for these in authority) can ultimately bear fruit.

Other Saints We Remember Today

  • St. Terence (1st Century), Bishop

picture: Heilige Aloysius van Gonzaga engraving / Rijksmuseum / Europeana (Public Domain)



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