And who on earth is he? – Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, our saint of the day!

Holy God,

Saint Aloysius, at age 16, gave up his inherited right to be a prince so that he could grow in sanctity through the Jesuit discipline. He died young, at age 23, because he contracted a disease from the sick people he had helped. Now he is the patron saint of youth.

I ask him to intercede for the youth in my family, my parish community, and my neighborhood. O Lord, excite their faith, and help them discover You are their friend. Teach our churches how to draw them in and meet their spiritual needs. Bring new life to our parishes by getting the youth involved in contributing their fresh ideas.

Saint Aloysius, pray for us. Amen.