Saint for the Day - November 4 - St. Charles
About fifty years after
the Protestant heresy had broken out, Our Lord
raised up a mere youth to renew the face of His
Church. In 1560 Charles Borromeo, then twenty-two
years of age, was created cardinal, and by the side
of his uncle, Pius IV., administered the affairs of
the Holy See. His first care was the direction of
the Council of Trent. He urged forward its sessions,
guided its deliberations by continual correspondence
from Rome, and by his firmness carried it to its
conclusion. Then he entered upon a still more
arduous work—the execution of its decrees. As
Archbishop of Milan he enforced their observance,
and thoroughly restored the discipline of his see.
He founded schools for the poor, seminaries for the
clerics, and by his community of Oblates trained his
priests to perfection. Inflexible in maintaining
discipline, to his flock he was a most tender
He would sit by the roadside to teach a poor man the
Pater and Ave, and would enter hovels the stench of
which drove his attendants from the door. During the
great plague he refused to leave Milan, and was ever
by the sick and dying, and sold even his bed for
their support. So he lived and so he died, a
faithful image of the Good Shepherd, up to his last
hour giving his life for his sheep.
Saint for the Day - St. Charles Borromeo
Read about the Saint for today - November 4 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Daily resolutions to fulfil, at
all cost, every duty demanded by
God, is the lesson taught by St.
Charles; and a lesson we must
learn if we would overcome our
corrupt nature and reform our
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