Today is the Feast Day of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a fantastic Jesuit who cared for plague victims in Rome. He is the patron saint of people with AIDS.
Prayer for Today:
Aloysius, 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.
Aloysius, 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.
Aloysius, 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.
“You don’t want to encourage girls to run away," Melching says. "The way you change social norms is not by fighting them or humiliating people and saying they’re backward. We’ve seen that an entire community can choose very quickly to change. It’s inspiring.”—