Sunday, June 20, 2021

Feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron saint of young people.

"Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?" (Matthew 7: 1 - 3).

Monday 21st June 2021, in the 12th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Aloysius Gonzaga of the Society of Jesus. (1568 - 1591). Italian. Aloysius was heir to the Duke of Lombardy. He renounced his title and entered the Society of Jesus. Aloysius died at the age of 24 in the Jesuit House of Formation in Rome of the pandemic which he contracted while ministering to the victims.
Aloysius is known for his holiness, purity and chastity and humility. He had a powerful devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He is the patron saint of the youth.

What is Jesus teaching us in the key Scripture for today? You may call it: No Complain, No Criticize, No Condemn. If you can deal with complaining in your life, it will help you to eliminate temptation to criticize and condemn people indiscriminately. If you find that you must reprove a sinful behavior, pray to discern whether the task of gentle correcting properly falls to you. If you must correct the offender, pray for the grace of wisdom and counseling. All these prayers can be made in minutes.

One way I deal with the fatal character flaw of complaining, criticizing and condemning is using the power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. St Philip Neri who is a renowned confessor and spiritual director teaches that frequent and good Confessions is one of the best ways to acquire humility. Think about it: Isn't pride the cause of our complaining, criticizing and condemning other people.

Our saint of the day, St Aloysius Gonzaga had a passionate devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. June is the Month we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I learned this June that St Aloysius is also a powerful intercessor. What does this mean? He gets favors for us from Jesus speedily provided the request is in accordance with the merciful love and plan of Jesus for us.
St Aloysius Gonzaga pray for us.

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