The Word Among Us

September 2019 Issue

Choosing God’s Way

St. Aloysius Gonzaga’s courageous pursuit of holiness.

By: Hallie Riedel

Choosing God’s Way: St. Aloysius Gonzaga’s courageous pursuit of holiness. by Hallie Riedel

The young man stood off to the side while the people around him danced. The music was loud and the lyrics risqué. The dancing pushed the limits of propriety. As they whirled around, his peers taunted him. “Luigi, why won’t you join us? Are you too shy, or are you an angel?” Happy to be thought of as shy, Luigi nodded and walked out of the room.

This might sound like a modern tale, but in fact, it is a glimpse into the court of Grand Duke Francesco de’ Medici in 1570’s Florence....

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