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He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord. — Psalm 15:1
Mass readings: Genesis 13:2,5-18 / Matthew 7:6,12-14
St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591) lived a short, sickly life and accomplished little. His family members were nobility; they hobnobbed with royalty and saw themselves shaping history. Aloysius bitterly disappointed them and they fought his wish to join the priesthood. But he didn’t even make it to ordination. While nursing plague victims in a Jesuit hospital, the novice caught the disease himself and died at 23.
Yet there was something different about Aloysius. He prayed and studied. He dreamed of becoming a missionary. But he seemed to live only partly in this world, as if God were always in the room with him. The word people kept using was holiness. There are many men and women canonized by the Church for their heroic achievements. Aloysius became a saint because, well, he was a saint.
Prayer: Father, give me the eyes to recognize your saints around me.
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