St. Aloysius Gonzaga died at the age of 23, after living a brief but zealous and holy life. Named the patron saint of youth by Pope Benedict XIII at his canonization, Saint Aloysius is especially important to our culture today, in which so many young people have lost sight of their eternal home.
Prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Youth
Dear Christian youth, you were a faithful follower of Christ in the Society of Jesus. You steadily strove for perfection while generously serving the plague-stricken. Help our youth today who are faced with a plague of false cults and false gods. Show them how to harness their energies and to use them for their own and others' fulfillment—which will redound to the greater glory of God. Amen.