Saint June 21 : St. Aloysius Gonzaga who Cried with Love before the Eucharist! Patron Saint of Youth, AIDS Victims and Caregivers with Special Prayer

Feast Day:  June 21

Born: 9 March 1568 at castle of Castiglione delle Stivieri in Montau, Lombardy, Italy - Died: 21 June 1591 at Rome
Canonized: 31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Major Shrine: Church of Sant'Ignazio, Rome (his tomb)
Patron Saint of: Young students, Christian youth, Jesuit novices, People with AIDS and their caregivers (SEE Novena Prayer at Bottom)
Biography of St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Born in the castle of Castiglione, 9 March, 1568; died 21 June, 1591.


At eight he was placed in the court of Francesco de'Medici in Florence, where he remained for two years, going then to Mantua. At Brescia, when he was twelve, he came under the spiritual guidance of St. Charles Borromeo, and from him received First Communion. In 1581 he went with his father to Spain, and he and his brother were made pages of James, the son of Philip II. While there he formed the resolution of becoming a Jesuit, though he first thought of joining the Discalced Carmelites. He returned to Italy in 1584 after the death of the Infanta, and after much difficulty in securing his father's consent, renounced his heritage in favour of his brother, 2 November, 1585, a proceeding which required the approval of the emperor, as Castiglione was a fief of the empire. He presented himself to Father Claudius Acquaviva, who was then General of the Society, 25 November, 1585. Before the end of his novitiate, he passed a brilliant public act in philosophy, having made his philosophical and also his mathematical studies before his entrance. He had in fact distinguished himself, when in Spain, by a public examination not only in philosophy, but also in theology, at a University;. He made his vows 25 November, 1587. Immediately after, he began his theological studies. Among his professors were Fathers Vasquez and Azor. In 1591 when in his fourth year of theology a famine and pestilence broke out in Italy. Though in delicate health, he devoted himself to the care of the sick, but on March 3 he fell ill and died 21 June, 1591. He was beatified by Gregory XV in 1621 and canonized by Benedict XIII in 1726. His remains are in the church of St. Ignazio in Rome in a magnificent urn of lapis lazuli wreathed with festoons of silver.
In the book Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr. John Croiset writes that Gonzaga had a great devotion to the Eucharist.
[T]he sublime degree of glory to which he is raised can be nothing but the reward of great merit; and this great merit can only be the fruit of extreme purity of heart, an interior life, living continually in the presence of God, a most tender and ardent love of Jesus Christ — in fine, of a consummate perfection, which he acquired in a few years by the excessive love and tender devotion which he always had towards Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament.
This faith evident especially during Mass.
[H]e received, from his childhood, the grace of most sublime contemplation and a continual gift of tears. So abundant were these tears especially at Mass immediately after the Consecration, that his garments were all wet with them.
Prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga
(Can be said as a Novena for 9 Consecutive Days)
O Saint Aloysius, adorned with angelical manners, although I am your unworthy servant, I recommend to you in an especial manner the chastity of my soul and body; I conjure you, by thy angelical purity, to commend me to Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb, and to His most holy Mother, the Virgin of virgins. Preserve me from every grievous sin; never suffer me to sully my soul with any impurity; whenever you sees me in temptation or danger of sin, ward off from me every impure thought and affection, and awakening in me the remembrance of eternity and of Jesus crucified, imprint deeply in my heart the sentiment of the fear of God. Inflame me with divine love, in order that by imitating thee on earth, I may merit to enjoy God with you in heaven. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia and