Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) was a leading figure of the Catholic Reformation. He received a doctorate in civil and canon law at the University of Pavia, and when his uncle was elected Pope Pius IV in 1559 he was summoned to Rome and made a cardinal. His reform efforts were met with resistance. In one instance he was even targeted by the members of a rich and corrupt order of monks so opposed to being reformed that one of them dressed as a layman, joined Charles’s household at evening prayer, and shot him. The assassin’s bullet did not penetrate Charles’s clothing. Charles Borromeo died at age 46. (Source: Universalis.com) For more about this saint, patron of bishops, cardinals, seminarians, and spiritual leaders, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
In today's Office of Readings we encounter a sermon by St Charles Borromeo (1538 - 1584). St. Charles Borromeo, Italian San Carlo Borromeo, was a cardinal and archbishop and one of the most important figures of the Counter-Reformation in Italy. He is the patron saint of bishops, cardinals, seminarians, and spiritual leaders. For a reflection, "Practice what you preach," please click on the image. Peace be with you!