The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday, Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious, 21 June 2022 2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-35, 36 ><]]]'> + <'[[[>< Matthew 7:6, 12-14
God our loving Father, thank you in giving us many examples of people who have chosen to take the narrow road like our very young saint today, Aloysius Gonzaga; despite his being born into a wealthy family, he insisted on becoming a Jesuit to lead a simple life; most of all, despite his youth and very poor health, he chose to care for the the sick during a plague in Rome that led to his death in 1591 at a young age of 23.
In this age of affluence when everything is invented to make life so comfortable, more and more are being lured to take the wide road of greed and self- centeredness, lies and deceits, even violence that have destroyed so many beautiful lives.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”
Teach us to focus only on Christ, to take his narrow and difficult road of charity and love, justice and mercy, truth and freedom, sacrifice and self-giving; let us be persevering in having discipline in choosing the narrow road because it is the only one that leads to life and fulfillment, and redemption as experienced by Hezekiah, the king of Judah when you saved them from the Assyrians. Amen.