Solstice, Sanctity and Ireland

Posted June 25, 2018 12:45 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

Solstice, Sanctity and Ireland

This is the first day of summer, the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere), solstice marking the Earth’s midway point in its 186 million mile journey around the Sun, in whose light we may rejoice.
It is also the memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (+ 1591), a Jesuit scholastic who died at the tender age of 23 caring for victims of the plague in Rome. Aloysius, whose original Italian name was Luigi, was from a rich, noble family, and destined for a life of honour and privilege, from which he began to distance himself from a young age, receiving

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