For many, especially those part of older generations, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is still a taboo concept— a notion that also applies to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is the late-stage infection of HIV.
Because of society’s preconceived notion, possibly due to the sexual nature of this disease, many patients tend to keep it to themselves, and would sometimes not even ask for help in the fear of being judged.
But did you know that despite society’s heavily biased opinions on these illnesses, there is still a patron saint for patients suffering from them? That saint is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a Jesuit who died while tending to patients of an epidemic in the 16th century. (Read: Pope Expresses Sorrow After Remains of 215 Children Were Found in Canada)
St. Aloysius is the patron of AIDS patients and caregivers, Christian youth, young students, the blind, and Jesuit scholastics. So for his feast day today, let us call on the beloved saint that he may guide and protect all Christian youth and students, the blind, Jesuits, and all individuals suffering from AIDS.
Prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Saint Aloysius, adorned with angelical manners, although I am thy unworthy servant, I recommend to thee in an especial manner the chastity of my soul and body; I conjure thee, by thy angelical purity, to commend me to Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb, and to His most holy Mother, the Virgin of virgins.
Preserve me from every grievous sin; never suffer me to sully my soul with any impurity; whenever thou seest me in temptation or danger of sin, ward off from me every impure thought and affection, and awakening in me the remembrance of eternity and of Jesus crucified, imprint deeply in my heart the sentiment of the fear of God.
Inflame me with divine love, in order that by imitating thee on earth, I may merit to enjoy God with thee in heaven. Amen.
Prayer from catholicharboroffaithandmorals.info.