6/21 Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Note: The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, the Little Daughter of the Divine Will  baptismal name was after St. Aloysius (St. Luis).  “Luisa” means “mighty in warfare.”  

Luisa was born on April 23rd, the Feast of St. George the Martyr, in the province of Apulia, which is located on the heel of the Italian “boot”—which points to Jerusalem. In Genesis 3:15 God promised to crush the serpent’s head. In 1868, within 3 years after Luisa’s birth, the Church of the “Pater Noster” in Jerusalem was rebuilt for the third time, recalling the only prayer taught by Jesus: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as It is in Heaven.” 

Also the feast day of St. Aloysius, June 21st, was the same day of the release of the Baltimore Catechism.


St. Aloysius GonzagaFeast Day June 21st.  He is known for his purity and the performance of great austerities and religious practices.  St. Aloysius joined the Jesuits in Rome in 1585.  He has been declared Protector of young students and Patron of Catholic Youth.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga is known for his purity and the performance of great austerities and religious practices. Aloysius is the Latin form of Gonzaga’s given name, Luigi. In English, the equivalent form would be Louis. The Gonzaga name is well known in Italy. Aloysius Gonzaga was born at Castiglione near Mantua, Italy, in 1568 to a celebrated family of wealth and prestige. As the first born son of his father, Ferrante, and his mother, Marta, he was in line to inherit his father’s title of Marquis. He grew up amid the violence and brutality of the Renaissance Italy and witnessed the murder of two of his brothers. In 1576, Aloysius’ parents sent him to attend the court of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Francesco de’Medici, in Florence. Later, accompanied by his parents, he traveled to Spain to join the court of Philip II in Madrid.

In Spain, Aloysius decided he wanted to join the newly founded religious order, The Society of Jesus. His father resisted his decision and there followed a struggle of wills that continued after his return to Castiglione in 1584. But Aloysius eventually prevailed. Renouncing his right to the title of Marquis and to the vast wealth he was destined to inherit, he entered the Society of Jesus in Rome on November 25, 1585. During his early studies in Rome, he would regularly go out into the streets of the city to care for victims of the plague. He himself contracted the disease as a result of his efforts for the suffering and died on June 21, 1591, at the age of twenty-three, six years short of his ordination as a Jesuit priest.

Even before his time as a Jesuit, Aloysius was known for his love of prayer and fasting. He received his First Communion from St. Charles Borromeo. As a Jesuit at the Roman College, he continued to devote his time to prayer and practices of austerity.  His spiritual director was Robert Bellarmine, who later was canonized and declared a doctor of the church.  When Robert was dying, he asked to be buried next to the grave of Aloysius.  Today, they rest next to each other in the church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Rome.  Pope Benedict XIII canonized Aloysius in 1726, and three years later declared him to be the patron of youth in the Catholic Church, an honor later confirmed by Pope Pius XI in 1926.

 

Volume 2 – June 20, 1899
…Afterwards, Heaven opened; it seemed that a very great feast was being prepared.  At that very moment a young man of lovely appearance came down from Heaven, all dazzling with fire and flames.  Jesus told me:  “Tomorrow is the feast of my dear Aloysius – I must go attend.”  And I:  ‘And so You leave me alone – what shall I do?’  And He:  “You too will come.  Look at how beautiful Aloysius is; but the greatest thing in him, which distinguished him on earth, was the love with which he operated.  Everything was love in him – love occupied him interiorly, love surrounded him externally; so, one can say that even his breath was love.  This is why it is said of him that he never suffered distraction – because love inundated him everywhere, and with this love he will be inundated eternally, as you see.”

And in fact it seemed that the love of Saint Aloysius was so very great, as to be able to burn the whole world to ashes.  Then, Jesus added:  “I stroll over the highest mountains, and there I form my delight.”  Since I did not understand the meaning of it, He continued:  “The highest mountains are the Saints who have loved Me the most, and in them I form my delight, both when they are on earth, and when they pass into Heaven.  So, everything is in love.”  After this, I prayed Jesus to bless me and those whom I was seeing at that moment; and He, giving His blessing, disappeared.

 

Volume 19 – June 21, 1926

This morning, having received Holy Communion, I received It as usual in the Most Holy Will of God, offering It to my dear Saint Aloysius – not only the Communion, but all the goods contained in the Most Holy Will of God, for his accidental glory.  Now, while doing this, I saw that all the goods contained in the Supreme Volition, like many rays of light, rays of beauty and of multiple colors, inundated the dear Saint, giving him an infinite glory.  And my sweet Jesus, moving in my interior, told me:  “My daughter, Aloysius is a flower and a Saint bloomed from the earth of my Humanity and made bright by the reflections of the rays of the Sun of my Will.  In fact, though, holy, pure, noble and united hypostatically to the Word, my Humanity was earth; and Aloysius, more than flower, bloomed from my Humanity – pure, holy, noble, possessing the root of pure love, in such a way that in each leaf of his flower one can see written, ‘love’.  But what renders him more beautiful and brilliant are the rays of my Will, to which he was always submitted – rays which gave such development to this flower as to render it unique on earth and in Heaven.  Now, my daughter, if Aloysius is so beautiful because he bloomed from my Humanity, what will be of you and of all those who will possess the Kingdom of my Will?  These flowers will not bloom from my Humanity, but will have their roots within the Sun of my Will.  In It is formed the flower of their life; they grow and bloom in the very Sun of my Volition which, jealous of these flowers, will keep them eclipsed within Its own light.  In each petal of these flowers one will see, written, all the specialties of the divine qualities; they will be the enchantment of all Heaven, and all will recognize in them the complete work of their Creator.”  And while He was saying this, my sweet Jesus opened His breast and showed, inside it, an immense Sun, in which He was to plant all these flowers; and His love and jealousy toward them was so great, that He would not let them bloom outside His Humanity, but inside Himself.

 

Volume 26 – June 27, 1929
Having received Holy Communion, I was offering It for the glory of Saint Aloysius, and I offered, as a present for him, everything that Our Lord had done in His Divine Will with His mind, with His words, works and steps, for the accidental glory of Saint Aloysius on his feast day.  Now, while I was doing this, my sweet Jesus, moving in my interior, told me:  “My daughter, a more beautiful present you could not give to dear Saint Aloysius on the day of his feast.  As you were offering your Communion and all my acts done in my Divine Will, so many suns were formed for as many acts as I did in It while being on earth; and these suns invested Saint Aloysius, in such a way that he received so much accidental glory from the earth, that he could not receive more.  Only the offerings of acts done in my Divine Will have the virtue of forming their suns, because, containing the fullness of light, it is no wonder that It converts into suns the human acts done in It.”

Luisa was born and died in the Diocese of Trani-Nazareth, in the town of Corato, whose name in its original Latin, cor datum, means “a heart given.”  This recalls the words of the Prophet Ezekiel:

“A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.  You shall dwell in the land which I gave your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.  (Ezekiel 36:27-28)

6/20 TOMORROW IS THE FEAST DAY OF THE NAME SAINT OF LUISA PICCARERETA and POPE EMERITIS JOSEPH ALOYSIUS RATZINGER

 
Prayers offered at the Memorial Mass of St Alyosius
Born in the castle of Castiglione, March 9, 1568; died June 21, 1591. 
 
O GOD, GIVER OF HEAVENLY GIFTS,
WHO IN SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA
JOINED PENITENCE TO A WONDERFUL INNOCENCE OF LIFE,
GRANT, THROUGH HIS MERITS AND INTERCESSION,
THAT, THOUGH WE HAVE FAILED TO FOLLOW HIM IN INNOCENCE,
WE MAY IMITATE HIM IN PENITENCE.
 
GRANT US, O LORD,
THAT BY THE EXAMPLE OF SAINT ALOYSIUS,
WE MAY TAKE OUR PLACE AT THE HEAVERNLY BANQUET,
CLOTHED IN OUR WEDDING GARMENT,
SO THAT, BY PARTICIPATION IN THIS MYSTERY,
WE MAY POSSESS THE RICHES OF YOUR GRACE.
 
BRING US, WHO HAVE BEEN FED
WITH RTHE FOOD OF ANGELS, O LORD,
TO SERVE YOU IN PURITY OF LIFE,
AND FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF SAINT ALOYSIUS,
WHOM WE HONOR TIODAY,
MAY WE PERSEVERE IN CONSTANT THANKSGIVING.
 
 
Prayer for Saint Aloysius or for anyone else that you want to offer it for!
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Volume 26 – June 27, 1929
Having received Holy Communion, I was offering my Holy Communion for the glory of
Saint Aloysius (__________), and I offered It, as a present for him/her,
everything that Our Lord had done in His Divine Will with His mind,
with His words, His works and His steps, for the accidental glory of
Saint Aloysius (___________) on this his/her feast day.
Now, while I was doing this, my sweet Jesus, moving in my interior,
told me:
“My daughter, a more beautiful present you could not give
to dear Saint Aloysius (_____________) on the day of his feast.
As you were offering your Holy Communion and all My Acts done in My Divine Will,
so many suns were formed for as many Acts as I (Jesus) did in the Divine Will while being on earth;
and these suns invested Saint Aloysius (______________),
in such a way that he/she received so much accidental glory from the earth,
that he/she could not receive more.
Only the offerings of Acts done in My Most Holy Divine Will have the virtue
of forming their suns, because, containing the Fullness of Light,
it is no wonder that the Divine Will converts into suns the human acts done in the Divine Will.”

6/17 A Blessed Father’s Day to God our Father in Heaven, and all Fathers!

J_God the Father
 
God the Father

1/10/38 – Vol. 35

The first Sermon that the little King Jesus preached to the children of Egypt.  How each of them had within his heart the Celestial Father, who Loved them and wanted to be Loved.

I was doing the round in the Divine Fiat—and O, how I yearned that no Act might escape me, of all that It has done, both in the Creation and the Redemption.  I feel that I lack something if I don’t recognize all that It did, loving it, kissing it, squeezing it to my heart, as if it were mine.  The Divine Volition would remained displeased if one who Lives in It did not know all of Its Acts, and if It couldn’t find the little ‘I love you’ from Its beloved one, in everything It did.  There is nothing It did not do for this creature.

So I arrived to follow the point when the Celestial Baby was in Egypt, in the act of taking His first steps.  I kissed His steps, I placed my ‘I love you’ in every step He took, and I asked Him for the first steps of His Will for all human generations.  I tried to follow Him in everything.  If He prayed, if He cried—I asked that His Will might animate all the prayers of the creatures, and that His tears might regenerate the Life of Its Fiat in the human family.

So, while I was attentive in following Him in everything, the little Baby King, visiting my poor soul, said to me:  “Daughter of My Will, how Happy I am when the creature does not leave Me alone!  I feel her behind Me, in front of Me, and inside all My Acts.

“Now, you must know that My exile in Egypt was not without Conquests.  When I was about three years old, from our little hovel I could hear the children playing and shouting in the street; and as little as I was, I went out in their midst.  As soon as they saw Me, they ran around Me, competing with themselves for who could get the closest to Me, because My Beauty, the Enchantment of My Gaze and the Sweetness of My Voice were such that they felt enraptured for love of Me.  So, they would throng around Me, loving Me so much that they could not detach themselves from Me.  I too Loved these children, so I gave My first little sermon to these little ones, adapting Myself to their tiny capacity—since when Love is True, It not only tries to make Itself known, but also to give all that may render one Happy in time and Eternity; more so, since, possessing innocence, they could easily understand Me.

“And would you like to know what My Sermon was about?  I said to them:  ‘My children, listen to Me.  I Love you very much and I want to make you know about your Origin.  Look up at Heaven.  Up there you have a Celestial Father who Loves you very much, and who was not satisfied to be your Father only from Heaven—to guide you, to Create for you a sun, a sea, a flowery earth to make you happy; but, Loving you with Exuberant Love, He wanted to descend inside your hearts, to form His Royal Residence in the depth of your souls, making Himself sweet Prisoner of each one of you.  But, to do what?  To give Life to your heartbeat, breath and motion.  So, as you walk, He walks in your steps; He moves in your little hands; He speaks in your voice… and because He Loves you very much, as you walk or move—now He kisses you, now He squeezes you, now He hugs you and carries you Triumphantly as His own dear children.  How many hidden kisses and hugs Our Celestial Father does not give you!  But since, being inattentive, you didn’t let your kiss meet His kiss, and your hugs meet His Paternal Embrace, He remained with the Pain that His children neither hugged Him nor kissed Him.

“‘My dear children, do you know what this Celestial Father wants from you?  He wants to be recognized within you, as having His own place in the center of your souls; and since He gives you everything—there is nothing He does not give to you—He wants your love in everything you do.  Love Him!  Let love be always in your little hearts, your lips, your works—in everything—and this will be the delicious food that you will give to His Paternity.                                       

“‘He Loves you very much and wants to be Loved.  Nobody can ever love you as He Loves you.  It is true that you have a father on earth, but how different from the Love of the Celestial Father!  Your father on earth does not always follow you, watch over your steps, or sleep together with you; neither does he palpitate within your heart, and if you fall, he may not even know anything about it.  On the other hand, your Celestial Father never leaves you.  If you are about to fall, He gives you His hand not to let you fall; if you sleep, He watches over you; and even if you play and do something impertinent, He is always with you and knows everything you do.  Therefore, love Him very, very much!’

“And, getting more excited, I told them:  ‘Give Me your word that you will always, always love Him!  Say together with Me:  “We love You, our Father who are in the Heavens. We love You, our Father who dwells in our hearts!”’

“My daughter, at My Words some children remained moved, some enraptured; some squeezed themselves to Me so much that they wouldn’t let Me go.  I made them feel the Palpitating Life of My Celestial Father inside their little hearts, and they rejoiced and made feast, because they no longer had a Father who was far away from them, but inside their own hearts.  And to make them firm and give them the strength to depart from Me, I Blessed those children, Renewing upon them Our Creative Power—invoking the Power of the Father, the Wisdom of Myself, the Son, and the Virtue of the Holy Spirit; and I told them:  ‘Go—you will return.’  So they left….

“But they would come back the following days, almost in a crowd—a throng—of children.  They set themselves to spy when I was about to go out, and to see what I was doing in our hovel.  And when I went out they would clap their hands, making feast and shouting so much that My Mother would come out the door to see what was happening.  O, how enraptured She would remain, in seeing her Son speaking to those children with so much Grace.  She felt Her Heart bursting with Love, and could see the first fruits of My Life down here, since none of these children who listened to Me—not a single one of them—was lost.  Knowing that they had a Father inside their hearts was like a deposit, to be able to own the Celestial Fatherland—to love that Father who was in Heaven as well.

“My daughter, this sermon that I, as a little Baby, gave to the children of Egypt, was the foundation—the Essence of the Creation of Man.  It contains the most Indispensable Doctrine and the Highest Sanctity.  It makes Love arise in every instant:  the Love between the Creator and the creature.  What Pain, in seeing many little lives that do not know the Life of a God within their souls!  They grow without Divine Paternity, as if they were alone in the world.  They do not feel and do not know how much they are Loved.  So, how can they love me?  Without love, the heart hardens and the life is degraded and—poor youth!—they give themselves to the gravest crimes…. This is a Pain for your Jesus, and I want it to be a pain for you as well, so that you pray for many, that they may be taught that I am in their hearts—that I Love and I want to be Loved.”

6/17 OUR FATHER . . .

Our Father Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be Thy Name

Thy Kingdom come,

Thy Will be done, on earth as It is in Heaven,

give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Amen

 

6/17 – And for Father’s day: Information on the Consecration and Feast Day for the Father of All Mankind

GOD OUR FATHER

(Click here for more information on the Consecration and Feast Day
for the Father of All Mankind)

A son honors his father, and a servant his master.
if then I am a
 father, where is my honor? (Mal 1:6)

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But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.  (Jn 4:23-24)

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And for their sake I consecrate myself,
that they also may be consecrated in truth.
(Jn 17:19)

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Wouldn’t it be appropriate to consecrate ourselves and the world to the One we were created to return to-God Our Father?  Wouldn’t it be, equally appropriate to recite this consecration publicly and to renew it annually on a feast specifically celebrated for God Our Father–“The Father of All Mankind”?  Isn’t it time to cleanse, purify, and re-dedicate the Temple of God Our Father–individually and as the Body of Christ?

A chaplet, medal, and litany have been specially designed for the octave approach of this consecration and feast day.  All God’s children are invited to use the following spiritual practices and format to consecrate themselves to God Our Father.  Although the consecration can be done at any time by setting aside an eight-day period (preferably Sunday to Sunday), it is suggested that (1) it be renewed formally each year on the proposed date (an octave ending on the first Sunday of August, July 29 – August 5 for 2012. The first seven days serve as preparatory steps leading to the final day of assembly and solemn consecration–The Feast of the Father of All Mankind.) and that (2) it be renewed informally each day by praying the chaplet.  In addition, the short prayer, “I love You, Father, and I give myself to You” can be prayed throughout the day to help us live our consecration more fully.