Penitence and Innocence

Today is the Feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who is buried here in Rome in the Church of Sant’Ignazio (St. Ignatius). Incidentally, St. Ignatius is not buried there – he’s 500 yards away in the Church of the Gesù. Alas.

Pray for us.

Am hoping to go over to Sant’Ignazio a little later; will pray for you all there, and hopefully have a photo to post as well.

I have always liked the opening prayer for today’s Mass:

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.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

More about St. Aloysius Gonzaga at the Old Catholic Encyclopedia.

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