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 November 4, 2023 

Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop

Saint of the day

Saint Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)

Saint Charles was a bishop in Milan, Italy. His appointment as bishop was delayed because the Council of Trent needed his skill as a behind-the-scenes leader when serious disagreements occurred—something he could not offer if he had been a bishop attending the council. Charles believed that if the people were to live a good life they needed the good example of the clergy and bishops. He set a powerful example himself during the plague—which in many ways was like our AIDS epidemic today—by borrowing huge sums of money to feed those who were starving and minister to those who were dying. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")

Reflection

It is frustrating when plans that we have carefully made and gone through several times are delayed. It is also frustrating when we are made to wait for something that we desperately want. Saint Charles knew what it was like to wait for something that he really wanted. His appointment as bishop of Milan was delayed because the Council of Trent needed his skill as a behind-the-scenes leader. The next time you are made to wait, or your plans fall through, think of Saint Charles. Also, think about using your waiting time as prayer time.

Prayer

Pray to Saint Charles whenever you find your plans delayed or taking another direction. Ask him to help you see the good you can do in whatever circumstances you find yourself. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 484

Place in Year: Ordinary Time

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Daily readings

Reading 1: Rom 11:1-2A, 11-12, 25-29

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 94:12-13A, 14-15, 17-18

Alleluia: Mt 11:29Ab

Gospel: Lk 14:1, 7-11

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