June 21, 2014, Within the Octave of Corpus Christi and the Commemoration of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J.:
Although the Octave of Corpus Christi takes liturgical precedence in some places in the Catholic catacombs today, reducing the Feast of Saint Aloysius of Gonazaga to a commemoration, every June 21 should be a cause of great rejoicing for Catholics. Indeed, Saint Aloysius’s ardor for Our Lord in His Real Presence was such that his soul burned so warmly after the reception of Holy Communion that he would have to throw himself into the fountain in a nearby piazza to cool off his ardor. How appropriate that is pearl of Catholic youth’s feast day, whether celebrated principally or commemorated, should fall within the Octave of Corpus Christi.
My own devotion to Saint Aloysius has been of longstanding. It was at Saint Aloysius School in Great Neck, New York, that I learned my Catholic Faith and it was at Saint Aloysius Church that I received my First Holy Communion and was Confirmed as a soldier in the Army of Christ the King. It is with great joy that I hereby republish my brief reflection on Saint Aloysius, Saint Aloysius, Help Us to be as Pure as Thee.
There will be a brief follow-up (well, it has a lengthy appendix to serve as reference source) to yesterday’s article Where the Absurd Is A Normal Way of Life posted later today or tomorrow.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J., pray for us.