St. Charles Borromeo
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 father. 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.
Reflection. —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 lives.
Sts. Vitalis and Agricola
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ecclus. 45, 30
The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince; that the dignity of priesthood should be to him forever. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 1331, 1. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. Gory be …
Keep safe Thy Church, O Lord, with the continual protection of St. Charles, Thy confessor and bishop, that, as pastoral solicitude rendered him glorious, so his intercession may ever make us fervent in Thy love. Through our Lord.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God that we, who venerate the solemnity of Thy holy martyrs, Vitalis and Agricola, may be assisted by their intercession with Thee. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Ecclus. 44, 16-27; 45, 3-20
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God, and was found just; and in the time of wrath was made a reconciliation. There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High. Therefore, by an oath the Lord made him increase among his people He gave him the blessing of all nations, and confirmed His covenant upon his head. He acknowledged him in His blessings: He preserved for him His mercy: and he found grace before the eyes of the Lord. He glorified him in the slight of kings, and gave him a crown of glory. He made an everlasting covenant with him; and gave him a great priesthood; and made him blessed in glory. To execute the office of the priesthood and to have praise in his name, and to offer to him worthy incense for an odor of sweetness.
Gradual • Ecclus. 44, 16
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God. Eccl. 44, 20. There was not any found like to him, who kept the law of the Most High.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 109, 4. Thou art a priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 25, 14-23
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ warns us against hypocrisy, the fear of the world and covetousness. He admonishes all to watch.]
At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: A man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods. And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey. And he that had received the five talents, went his way, and traded with the same, and gained other five. And in like manner he that had received the two, gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way digged into the earth, and hid his lord' s money. But after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents, behold I have gained other five over and above. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me: behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Offertory • Ps. 88, 21-22
I have fund David my servant, with My holy oil I have anointed him: for My hand shall help him, and My arm shall strengthen him. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.)
May Thy saints, we beseech Thee, O Lord, everywhere make us joyful, that, while we venerate their merits, we may experience their patronage. Through our Lord.
Be appeased, O Lord, with the gifts we offer, and, by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs, Vitalis and Agricola, defend us from all dangers. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 12, 42
A faithful and wise servant, who the Lord hath set over His family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.)
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, giving thanks for the favors we have received, we may, by the intercession of blessed Wilfrid Thy confessor and bishop, obtain blessing still greater. Through our Lord.
May this communion, O Lord, purge us of guilt and, by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs, Vitalis and Agricola, make us partakers of the heavenly salvation. Through our Lord.