Quote of the Day – 21 June – The Memorial of St Aloysius de Gonzaga S.J. (1568-1591)
“May the comfort and grace of the Holy Spirit be yours for ever, most honoured lady.
Your letter found me lingering still in this region of the dead but now I must rouse myself to make my way on to heaven at last and to praise God for ever in the land of the living; indeed I had hoped that before this time my journey there would have been over.
If charity, as Saint Paul says, means “to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who are glad,” then, dearest mother, you shall rejoice exceedingly that God in His grace and His love for you, is showing me the path to true happiness and assuring me, that I shall never lose Him.
Take care above all things, most honoured lady, not to insult God’s boundless loving kindness; you would certainly do this, if you mourned as dead, one living face to face with God, one whose prayers, can bring you in your troubles, more powerful aid, than they ever could on earth.
And our parting will not be for long; we shall see each other again in heaven; we shall be united with our Saviour; there we shall praise Him with heart and soul, sing of His mercies forever and enjoy eternal happiness.”
– from a letter to his mother by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga