Posted by: fvbcdm | June 21, 2013

Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (21 June 2013)

We have a number of things to think about in our spiritual lives today. One is that early this morning, Houston time, we began the season of summer and the longest day of the year. So let us not fail to dedicate this season to the glory of God in our lives, and do our best to live in the love of God and neighbor during these days of June, July, August, and September.

Then today, the Church celebrates the commemoration of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, one of the trio of young Jesuit seminarians who died while preparing for ordination to the priesthood, but not before becoming very holy young men.  The three of them are buried within a few blocks of our Dominican University in Rome, and I have had the privilege of visiting those three tombs a number of times.  And one of the miracles used for the canonization of Saint John Berchmans was worked right near us in Grand Coteau, LA, where the young Jesuit appeared to a young Religious of the Sacred Heart in the 19th century.  The third of these young men was Saint Stanislaus Kostka, a man from Poland, whereas John Berchmans was from the Netherlands and Aloysius from Italy.

When we consider the spiritual difficulties that beset young people in our world today, we realize how appropriate it is for us to pray for them through the intercessions of young people like Agnes and Tarcisius in ancient Rome; Aloysius, John Berchmans, and Stanislaus Kostka in the 16th century, Therese of Lisieux in the 19th century; Maria Goretti in the early 20th century, and Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia of Fatima, also in the 20th century. We live in a world of drugs, gangs, addictions of various damaging kinds, and unbridled sexual sins in our world, to say nothing of the hatred and violence constantly portrayed in the media. We do well to pray often and fervently, “Lead us, and our children, not into temptation.”  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.

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