|Author:||Cepari, Virgilio, ca. 1563-1631.|
|Title:||The life of B. Aloysius Gonzaga of the Society of Iesus eldest sonne of Ferdinand Prince of the S.R. Empire, and Marques of Castilion. Written in Latin by the R. Fa. Virgilius Ceparius of the same society. And translated into English by R.S.|
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The life of B. Aloysius Gonzaga of the Society of Iesus eldest sonne of Ferdinand Prince of the S.R. Empire, and Marques of Castilion. Written in Latin by the R. Fa. Virgilius Ceparius of the same society. And translated into English by R.S.
Cepari, Virgilio, ca. 1563-1631., Stanford, Robert, attributed name., R. S., gent.
At Paris [i.e. Saint-Omer: English College Press], M.DC.XXVII. 
Gonzaga, Luigi, -- Saint, 1568-1591 -- Early works to 1800.
TO THE MOST HONOVRABLE THE LADY MARY COVNTESSE OF Buckingham &c.
TO OVR MOST HOLY LORD, PAVL THE FIFTH, Supreme Bishop. Francis Gonzaga Prince of the S. R. Empire, Marques of Castilion▪ &c.
TO THE MOST IL∣lustrious & Excellent Lord Francis Gonzaga, Prince of S. R. Empire, Marques of Castilion, Chamberlaine and Counsellour of Rodulph the 11. Emperour, and his Embassador vvith our Ho∣ly Lord, Pope Paul the V.
THE AVTHOVR OF THIS WORKE, to the Pious Reader.
MOST REMARKABLE testimonies cōcerning B. Aloysius and this History, giuen by foure Reuerend, and Religious Fathers, who had read the same, and com∣pared it with the publike Instru∣ments at Brescia.
The Testimony of the VICAR OF THE INQVI∣sition, of the Order of S. Dominicke.
THE READER OF THE BE∣nedictine Monkes of Cassino.
THE PROVINCIAL OF the Capuchins.
FATHER RECTOVR the Society of IESVS.
CLAVDIVS AQVAVIVA Generall of the Society of IESVS.
THE FIRST BOOKE OF THE LIFE OF B. ALORSIƲS Gonzaga.
CHAP. I. Of his Linage.
CHAP. II. Of his Natiuity.
CHAP. III. Of his Education till the seauenth yeare of his Age.
CHAP. IV. How he behaued himselfe from the seauenth, till the eight yeare of his age.
CHAP. V. He is brought by his Father to Florence, to apply his studies.
CHAP. VI. He voweth to God his virginity in his childhood, and flyeth the company of women.
CHAP. VII. At Florence he maketh great progresse in a more holy course of life.
CHAP. VIII. Being recalled backe to Mantua, he determineth to renounce the Marquesate, and to lead an Ecclesiasticall life.
CHAP. IX. Returning to Castilion he obtaynes from God an excellent hability in mentall prayer.
CHAP. X. The beginning of his loue towards the Society of IESVS, and of his zeale of soules.
CHAP. XI. By the exhortation of Cardinall Borromeus he beginneth to frequent the sacred mysteries.
CHAP. XII. Going to Monte-Ferrato, he vndergoeth a great hazard of his life: there he conuerseth with Religious men.
CHAP. XIII. He giueth his mind to Religion.
CHAP. XIV. Being returned to Castilion with his Father, he leadeth his life in great austerity, being very much addicted to Prayer.
CHAP. XV. By Gods assistance, he escapeth burning. His con∣fidence in God, and contempt of the world.
CHAP. XVI. The testimony of the R. Fa. Claudius Finus Do∣ctour of Diuinity, of the Order of S. Domi∣nicke, of the sanctity of Aloysius.
CHAP. XVII. He goeth with the Marques into Spayne, and is made Page of Honour to Iames the Prince. And of the life which he lead in the Court.
CHAP. XVIII. He determineth to enter into the Society of IESVS.
CHAP. XIX. For foure causes he made choyce of the Society of Iesus.
CHAP. XX. He discloseth his vocation vnto his Confessarius, and after to his Mother, and his Father.
CHAP. XXI. He returneth into Italy, and meeteth by way of Complement with all the Princes thereof.
CHAP. XXII. His purpose is oppugned by diuers meanes.
CHAP. XXIII. The Marques strongly opposeth the vocation of his sonne: at last he yieldeth.
CHAP. XXIV. Aloysius vrgeth the renuntiation of the Marquesate.
CHAP. XXV. He is sent to Millane for the dispatch of certaine businesse: and what thinges were done there.
CHAP. XXVI. The Marques oppugneth him with new practises.
CHAP. XXVII. Blessed Aloysius going first to Mantua, retireth himselfe to the spirituall Exercises.
CHAP. XXVIII. Aloysius being returned to Castilion, maketh earnest suite to haue leaue to enter into Reli∣gion. His course of life there.
CHAP. XXIX. Another hinderance, and delay of the Marques.
CHAP. XXX. He mitigateth, and ouercometh the mind of his Father, with a vehement protestation.
CHAP. XXXI. The griefe which they of Castilion conceaued for the departure of Aloysius.
CHAP. XXXII. He renounceth the Marquesate, and all his other Fortunes.
CHAP. XXXIII. Hauing obtaïned to be sent to Rome, he goeth by Loreto, & his pious exercises in that Iourney.
CHAP. XXXIV. At Rome hauing visited the Churches of greatest same, hauing saluted the Pope and Cardinals, he is adioyned to the Society of Iesvs.
THE SECOND BOOKE OF THE LIFE OF B. ALOYSIVS Gonzaga.
CHAP. I. How excellently he performed the Nouiship of his Religious lyfe:
CHAP. II. He is exercised by God with a certaine pensiue∣nesse; and in like manner by the Diuell.
CHAP. III. His constancy of mind in the death of his Father the Marques.
CHAP. IV. Of his mortification in the time of his Nouiship; the custody of his Nouiship; the custody of his senses.
CHAP. V. He refraineth from the desire of honour; he expli∣cateth holsome preceptes to the poore; he ear∣nestly desireth to be reprehended publikely.
CHAP. VI. The Master of the Nouices maketh triall of his vertue. For many rare vertues he is reputed holy by his fellowes.
CHAP. VII. Of the things done by him at Rome in the house of the Professed Fathers, whilst he cōtinued there; his preparation to the Eucharist, and his sensi∣ble piety towards the same.
CHAP. VIII. The letters of F. Hieronymus Platus, wherby is described Aloysius his vocation to Religion, and his vertues.
CHAP. IX. Therest of his actes in the house of the professed Fathers: the custody of his eyes; & of his obediēce.
CHAP. X. How he spent the rest of the time of his Nouiship, The purity of his mind; and moderation of his Affections.
CHAP. XI. Of his singular hability in Prayer, and fami∣liarity with God.
CHAP. XII. Of the notable Sanctity of that Maister, vnder whome he made his Nouiship, and whome he did seriously imitate.
CHAP. XIII. Aloysius goeth with the same Father to Naples, & giueth excellent documents of vertue, whilst he remaineth there.
CHAP. XIV. Of his course of life, when he applied himselfe to the study of learning in the Roman Colledge. He publikely defendeth certaine positions in the whole course of Philosophy. He applieth himselfe to the study of Diuinity.
CHAP. XV. He maketh his vowes of Religion. He recea∣ueth the lesser Orders.
CHAP. XVI. Of his humility: and his exercises for the ob∣tayning therof.
CHAP. XVII. Of his Obedience, and obseruance of the Rules:
CHAP. XVIII. Of his Pouerty, Chastity, Speach, and Conuersation.
CHAP. XIX. Of his Mortification, and the Afflictions of his body.
CHAP. XX. What he thought of the Spirituall Exercises of Bl. Fa. Ignatius: how he exercised himselfe in them.
CHAP. XXI. His loue towards God, his zeale towards his neigh∣bour, his desire of spiritall discourses.
CHAP. XXII. He is sent into his Countrey for the appeasing of certaine grieuous discords, which were be∣tweene the Duke of Mantua, and the Marques his brother. How he behaued himselfe in this his iourney.
CHAP. XXIII. What he did at Mantua, What at Castilion, how dexterously he carried himselfe in the businesse, that he negotiated.
CHAP. XXIV. He persuadeth his brother the Marques, to dis∣close his secret marriage, to the intent that he might auoyd euill example. At Castilion with a Sermon he exciteth the people to piety.
CHAP. XXV. Of the excellēt exāples of vertue which he shewed forth of himselfe that short time which he liued at Millan.
CHAP. XXVI. The letters of F. Bernardinus Medices of the vertues of Aloysius obserued at Millan. Also▪ Fa. A••illes Galiardy his testimony of his manner of praying without distraction of mind.
CHAP. XXVII. Aloysius is foretould of his death by God. He is re∣caed by Fa. Generall from Millan to Rome. In his iourney at Siena he maketh a sermon to them of the Sodality of the Blessed Ʋirgin.
CHAP. XXVIII. Of the accomplished sanctity of B. Aloysius.
CHAP. XXIX. With great Charity he serueth the sick in the Hospi∣tall. Thereby he is infected with a deadly disease.
CHAP. XXX. A loysius his sicknesse groweth vnto a Feuer He∣ctick, by which he consumeth by degrees. His ex∣cellent sayings, and doings at that time.
CHAP. XXXI. He sendeth vnto his mother two letters in the time of his sicknesse, by the which he comforteth her, and intcateth her prayers.
CAP. XXXII. Of the preparation which Blessed Aloysius made for his death; in a rapt he partaketh celestiall ioyes, and foretelleth the day of his death.
CHAP. XXXIII. Being fortified with his sacred Viaricum, and in like manner with a plenary Indulgence from the Pope, he resteth quietly in our Lord.
CHAP. XXXIV. Of the obsequies, buriall, and those things which happened to the body of B. Aloysius.
THE THIRD BOOKE OF THE LIFE OF B. ALOYSIUS Gonzaga.
CHAP. I. Of the Letters written by diuers after his death.
CHAP. II. The notable testimony which Robert Bellar∣mine, that most renowned Cardinall, gaue of B. Aloysius.
CHAP. III. Many miracles of B. Aloysius. He recouereth his mother from the point of death. He procureth a happy deliuery to a noble woman much indan∣gered in child-birth. He deliuereth a certaine man from danger of loosing his sight.
CHAP. IV. A Gentleman of Rome, hauing made a vow to B. Aloysius, is cured of the stone. Jn like man∣ner a Gentleman of Luca is deliuered from a malignant fener, by hanging his reliques at his necke.
CHAP. V. A Religions Virgin at Florence, by the Reliques of B. Aloysius, is cured of a very trouble some Canker.
CHAP. VI. He deliuereth two of the Society, one of them from a malignant feuer, the other from the Stone. The later benefit happened also to one of Tu∣rino.
CHAP. VII. Vpon an Child, twice forsaken of the Phisi∣tians, twice he bestoweth health. He bringeth backe to his senses a man raging-mad in a malignant feuer.
CHAP. VIII. A woman of Brescia is deliuered from a feuer, & from a bloudy fluxe: another in like man∣ner, from a feuer, & a great laxe. A certaine man is preserued in failing from a great preci∣pice.
CHAP. IX The very touching of his reliques driueth away from the Earle of Montemeline a feuer: and from the Duke of Mantua anothr grieuous di∣sease. The like fauour was done to the Marsh∣all of Polonia, praying before his picture.
CHAP. X. Baccius a Doctour of Rome is recouered of diuers diseases.
CHAP. XI. A Gentleman of Florence is, deliuered from an euill spirit by the only touching of his reliques. A certaine yong woman praying before the pi∣cture of B. Aloysius, is recouered of lamenesse.
CHAP. XII. Many miracles wrought in the Marquesate of Castilion by the merits of B. Aloysius: when∣vpon many votiue Tabiets were hung at his Picture.
CHAP. XIII. Diuers other fauours, and graces conferred by B. Aloysius his intercession vpon persons in sundry places.
CHAP. XIV. Certaine fauours of B. Aloysius done for the good of soules, by driuing away Tentations.
A MEDITATION OF THE HOL• Angels, and of those especially, who are deputed to the Custody of men. Written by B. Aloysius Gonzaga.
THE FIRST PART OF THE Considerations, in common.
OF THE FIRST HIERARCHY.
OF THE SECOND HIERARCHY.
OF THE THIRD HIERARCHY.
OF THE ANGELS IN PARTICVLAR▪ The second Part. OF S. MICHAEL ARCHANGELL.
OF S. GABRIEL ARCHANGEL.
O S. RAPHAEL THE ANGELL. Also of our Angell Guardian.
A TABLE▪ Of the Chapters.
THE FIRST BOOKE.
THE SECOND BOOKE.
THE THIRD BOOKE.