Although part of this revised and expanded reflection was included in the article that I published twenty-two hours ago, I believe that it is appropriate, especially given my own attachment and devotion to Saint Aloysius Gonzaga since entering Saint Aloysius School in Great Neck, New York, on September 10, 1956, to present this reflection to you even though most of the few people who access this site will be doing so on the Feast of Saint Paulinas of Nola.
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga was a great lover of the Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament and of Our Lady. Saint Aloysius was intensely united to the sufferings that Our Lord endured in His Passion and Death, offering up his own sufferings prior to death, sufferings that he contracted as a result of helping a man with the plague in Rome, in union with that of Our Lord's own Passion and Death.
Saint Aloysius was also devoted to the angels, which makes sense as he had an angelic purity of his own. We need to invoke his holy intercession to help us to have as a pure a heart as he did as we attempt to make reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our own sins, especially any and all against Holy Purity.
As it was at the aforementioned Saint Aloysius School in Great Neck, New York, where I learned the truths of the Catholic Faith as they were taught with clarity by the Reverend Sisters of Mercy (and one lay teacher, Miss Greta McCarthy, a young Irish immigrant who knew the Holy Faith very well, who became Mrs. Greta Foley after the end of the 1961-1962 school year; she died in 2012), I owe Saint Aloysius so very much. I have been devoted to him from the time that I entered Kindergarten in September of 1956.
Much is going on now. I intend to have several articles published before the end of the month, although none will appear until Sunday as the Feast of Saint Paulinus of Nola will be spent running erands for the family.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us.
Saint Paulinus of Nola, pray for us.