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Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Letter to his Mother

 

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga:

Letter to His Mother

 

 

 

Saint Aloysius GonzagaSaint Aloysius was born of the princely family of Castiglione near Mantua, Lombardy, in the year 1568. Instructed in piety by his mother, he developed a yearning for religious life. After signing over his share of the ancestral dominion to his brother, he entered the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits. While serving the sick during a plague, he himself contracted the disease and died in 1591, at the age of 23. This excerpt from a letter to his mother is used in the Roman Office of Readings for the feast (liturgical memorial) of St. Aloysius on June 21.

 

May the comfort and grace of the Holy Spirit be yours for ever, most honored lady. Your letter found me lingering still in this region of the dead, but now I must rouse myself to make my way on to heaven at last and to praise God for ever in the land of the living; indeed I had hoped that before this time my journey there would have been over. If charity, as Saint Paul says, means to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who are glad, then, dearest mother, you shall rejoice exceedingly that God in his grace and his love for you is showing me the path to true happiness, and assuring me that I shall never lose him.


The divine goodness, most honored lady, is a fathomless and shoreless ocean, and I confess that when I plunge my mind into thought of this it is carried away by the immensity and feels quite lost and bewildered there. In return for my short and feeble labours, God is calling me to eternal rest; his voice from heaven invites me to the infinite bliss I have sought so languidly, and promises me this reward for the tears I have so seldom shed.


Take care above all things, most honoured lady, not to insult Godís boundless loving kindness; you would certainly do this if you mourned as dead one living face to face with God, one whose prayers can bring you in your troubles more powerful aid than they ever could on earth. And our parting will not be for long; we shall see each other again in heaven; we shall be united with our Saviour; there we shall praise him with heart and soul, sing of his mercies for ever, and enjoy eternal happiness. When he takes away what he once lent us, his purpose is to store our treasure elsewhere more safely and bestow on us those very blessings that we ourselves would most choose to have.


I write all this with the one desire that you and all my family may consider my departure a joy and favor and that you especially may speed with a motherís blessing my passage across the waters till I reach the shore to which all hopes belong. I write the more willingly because I have no clearer way of expressing the love and respect I owe you as your son.

 

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