On June 21, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron of Christian youth, AIDS sufferers and their caregivers. Gonzaga was a Jesuit scholastic who died at the age of 23 in 1591 during the plague of Rome. He died while caring for the sick.
When Gonzaga entered the Jesuits, his father wrote to the Jesuit Superior General stating, “I merely say that I am giving into your Reverence’s hands the most precious thing I possess in the whole world.” His father made a huge sacrifice when he gave the gift of his son to God.
During the month of Father’s Day, I would like to share with you these thoughts of the Holy Father on fathers:
Let us all give thanks for good fathers and offer prayers for those fathers who need a little help in living out their roles.
Thank you for your support and your prayers, and Happy Father’s Day.
Barry J. Leidl