St. Aloysius Gonzaga is an Italian aristocrat who renounced his wealthy inheritance to become a Jesuit. He died at the in 1591 age of 23 as a result of caring for victims of an epidemic in Rome. Aloysius Gonzaga was beatified in 1605 and canonized in 1726. St. Aloysius Gonzaga is consider a patron saint of youth, AIDS patients and AIDS care givers.
During his short life, St. Aloysius Gonzaga had a special devotion to the Mary. Considering the prayer which he composed to the Blessed Virgin Mary as seen through the lens of his life, we can appreciate why he so valued being a child of God.
O holy Mary, my Mistress, into thy blessed trust and special blessing, into the bosom of thy tender mercy, this day, every day of my life and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body; to thee I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that through thy most holy intercession and thy merits, all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to thy will and that of thy divine Son. Amen