Today is a Jesuit feast day – St. Aloysius Gonzaga. He served the sick and dying at a hospital in Rome. He died at the young age of 23, from the plague while ministering to those who also suffered from this scourge. He laid down his life to save others.
The Gospel today holds the Golden Rule of doing unto others. Most major faith traditions have a similar tenet. St. Aloysius served others as he would have liked to have been treated in his dying days. The narrow gate to heaven is for those who understand servanthood and discipleship. How are you living these out?
Howdo you live the Golden Rule?
What does the narrow gate mean to you?
God, teach me to live for others. Amen.
A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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Gonganza Middle School is the name of the school the Jesuits are building in the inner city in Winnipeg. And I visited a St. Aloysius Gonganza Jesuit school in India. It’s nice to hear a little of his life of service and sacrifice. In terms of the narrow gate I always think of that verse in the New Testament that says it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Such a visual image! Have a nice day…the weather is gorgeous.
Yes, Gonzaga is the name for the school opening this fall. I love that imagery too.