Aloysius Gonzaga

Aloysius Gonzaga (1568 -1591) was a young Mantuan nobleman in Northern Italy.

 

He felt called to religious life. While he was meant to succeed his father and also be a soldier, he left, called elsewhere.

 

He renounced his birthright and at the age of 26 joined the Jesuits.

 

In 1591, a plague epidemic hit Rome.

 

He worked hard in the Jesuit hospital caring for patients.

 

However, he contracted the plague himself and died. He knew the risk but died in the service of God and for others. He died at midnight on the 20th of June with the name of Jesus on his lips.

He was committed to unconditional love.

 

In his understanding, he chose what Jesus called the Pearl of Great Price, the greater good.

 

There is so much potential in the idealism of youth!

 

In the gospel story, the rich young man was invited by Jesus to sell all he had, give the money to the poor, and then to follow him.

 

By contrast, the rich young man could not let go and went away. Jesus was sad and so was the young man.

 

We all have to call to keep on choosing the greater good in our unique vocation.

 

A healthy sense of detachment is a prerequisite for true happiness.