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Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J. - With an Undivided Heart

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This book tells the inspiring story of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591), a prince of the Holy Roman Empire who renounced his titles and wealth to serve God and the Church as a member of the Society of Jesus. While he lived a short life and is honored as the patron saint of youth, his powerful story invites all Christians to reflect on how they are living their unique vocation and commitment to a life of witness and discipleship. Using Aloysius's own letters, spiritual reflections, and other documents, this book offers unparalleled insights into his spiritual life and personality.

Woven together with the story of Saint Aloysius are portraits of other Jesuits and Reformation-era saints, as well as a history of the Society of Jesus and how the story of this great saint played an important part in the Jesuit's educational apostolate. For those interested in Jesuit history, or the Reformation, or simply someone who wants to learn more about this appealing saint, this book offers a unique perspective on an important period of Church history and what it means to pursue God's will without counting the cost.


"Most people don't understand the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Even the great Alban Butler deemed him 'unattractive.' But Silas Henderson reveals the complicated, brief, beautiful life that is still, perhaps especially, relevant today."
— Jon M. Sweeney, Author, When St. Francis Saved the Church

"Silas Henderson's biography of St. Aloysius Gonzaga is that rare book that is full of scholarship and research, and yet profoundly touches the heart. His words humanize and bring to life this lovable and loving saint, showing his 'single-hearted devotion.' Henderson challenges us all to root ourselves in the same love that animated Gonzaga. This book touched me personally as no other book has in a long time. I highly recommend it to the young, and to all as a call to purity of heart and charity." 
— Deacon Eddie Ensley, Ph.D., Author, Everyday Mysticism

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St. Aloysius Gonzaga

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 6/21

Patron Of: Students

Also known as

    * Aluigi Gonzaga
    * Luigi Gonzaga


    * 21 June


    Italian noble who grew up in a castle, the son of a compulsive gambler. Cousin of Saint Rudolph Acquaviva. Trained from age four as a soldier and courtier. He suffered from kidney disease, which he considered a blessing as it left him bed-ridden with time for prayer. While still a boy himself, he taught catechism to poor boys. He received his First Communion from Saint Charles Borromeo. At age 18, Aloysius signed away his legal claim to his family’s lands and title to his brother, and became a Jesuit novice. Spiritual student of Saint Robert Bellarmine. Tended plague victims in Rome, Italy in the outbreak of 1591 during which he caught the disease that killed him at age 23.


    * 9 March 1568 in the family castle of Castiglione delle Stivieri in Montua, Lombardy, Italy


    * 20-21 June 1591 at Rome, Italy of plague, fever, and desire to see God
    * relics entombed under the altar of Saint Ignatius Church, Rome


    * 19 October 1605 Pope Paul V (cultus confirmed)
    * 1621 by Pope Gregory XV


    * 31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII


    * against sore eyes
    * AIDS care-givers
    * AIDS patients
    * Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy
    * Catholic youth
    * Jesuit students
    * relief from pestilence
    * teenage children
    * teenagers
    * Valmonte, Italy
    * young people


    * skull
    * lilies


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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