St. Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J.
You have drawn me to you, gentle teacher, loving guide. I am filled with gratitude to you...I love you. Just to see you, to sit with your image, is to see all the innocence, the trust, and the fire of prayer of the children of the kingdom.
Let me serve, let me love as you loved people on earth. Teach me to leave the dark destructive forces within and without for the Light in the presence of Our Savior, Jesus.
Teach me to pray unceasingly, pray with me, stay near me, kneel with me...take my hand. And finally when my life here is over, come to lead me Home.
St. Aloysius Similar to Fire - St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a kind of "child prodigy" in the areas of asceticism and contemplation. Fiercely independent and protective of these gifts, he found a safe place in the Society of Jesus where he flowered and died at the age of 23. This icon was commissioned by the Jesuit Novitiate in Syracuse, NY and was painted by Fr. William Hart McNichols
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Fr. Raymond A. Bucko, S.J.
of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
at Creighton University.
Page Last Updated: January 20, 2002