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In the words of Saint Charles Borromeo
I admit that we are all weak, but if we want help,
the Lord God has given us the means to find it easily.

Would you like me to teach you how to grow
from virtue to virtue and how,
if you are already recollected at prayer,
you can be even more attentive next time,
and so give God more pleasing worship?

Listen, and I will tell you.

If a tiny spark of God‘s love already burns within you,
do not expose it to the wind,
for it may get blown out.

Keep the stove tightly shut
so that it will not lose its heat
and grow cold.

In other words,
avoid distractions
as well as you can.

Stay quiet with God.

Do not spend your time in useless chatter.

If teaching and preaching is your job,
then study diligently
and apply yourself
to whatever is necessary
for doing the job well.

Be sure that you first preach
by the way you live.

If you do not, people will notice
that you say one thing,
but live otherwise,
and your words will bring
only cynical laughter
and a derisive shake of the head.

We must meditate before,
during and after everything we do.

The prophet says:
"I will pray, and then I will understand."

This is the way we can easily overcome
the countless difficulties
we have to face day after day,
which, after all,
are part of our work.

In meditation we find the strength
to bring Christ to birth in ourselves
and in others.
Prayer of Saint Charles Borromeo
Almighty God, You have generously made known to human beings the mysteries of Your life through Jesus Christ Your Son in the Holy Spirit.

Enlighten my mind to know these Mysteries which the Holy Church treasures and teaches.

Move my heart to love them and my will to live in accord with them.

Give me the ability to teach this Faith to others without pride, without ostentation, and without personal gain.

Let me realize that I am simply Your instrument for bringing others to the knowledge of the wonderful things You have done for all Your creatures.

Help me to be faithful to this task that You have entrusted to me. Amen
From: Catechism of the Catholic Church
9 "The ministry of catechesis draws ever fresh energy from the councils. The Council of Trent is a noteworthy example of this. It gave catechesis priority in its constitutions and decrees. It lies at the origin of the Roman Catechism, which is also known by the name of that council and which is a work of the first rank as a summary of Christian teaching. . . ." The Council of Trent initiated a remarkable organization of the Church’s catechesis. Thanks to the work of holy bishops and theologians such as St. Peter Canisius, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Turibius of Mongrovejo and St. Robert Bellarmine, it occasioned the publication of numerous catechisms."
Prayer to Saint Charles Borromeo
O Saintly reformer, animator of spiritual renewal of priests and religious, you organized true seminaries and wrote a standard catechism.

Inspire all religious teachers and authors of catechetical books.

Move them to love and transmit only that which can form true followers of the Teacher who was divine. Amen
Saint Charles Borromeo attended by an Angel by Francesco Caccianiga; (1700-1781); https://www.wga.hu
Saint Charles Borromeo Adoring Christ by Giovanni Battista Crespi; (1573-1632); Museo del Prado, Madrid; Spain https://www.wga.hu
Saint Charles Borromeo distributing Communion by Jean Baptiste Corneille; 17th century; https://commons.wikimedia.org
Allegory of the Council of Trent (detail) by Andreas Brugger; 1798; fresco, Parish Church of Saint Charles Borromeo, Hohenems, Vorarlberg, Austria; https://commons.wikimedia.org
Saint Charles Borromeo by Orazio Borgianni; between 1610 and 1616; Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia; https://commons.wikimedia.org
Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop - Finding the strength to bring Christ to birth in us
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