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,
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
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);
Saint Charles Borromeo Adoring Christ
by Giovanni Battista Crespi; (1573-1632); Museo del Prado, Madrid; Spain
Allegory of the Council of Trent (detail)
by Andreas Brugger; 1798; fresco, Parish Church of Saint Charles Borromeo, Hohenems, Vorarlberg, Austria;
Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop - Finding the strength to bring Christ to birth in us
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