EDITAE SAEPE On St Charles Borromeo Excerpt We have already pointed to how Divine Providence was perfectly realized in the lives of those three great doctors and pastors of the Church Gregory the Great John Chrysostom and Anselm of Ao

  • Title: EDITAE SAEPE On St Charles Borromeo
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  • Excerpt We have already pointed to how Divine Providence was perfectly realized in the lives of those three great doctors and pastors of the Church, Gregory the Great, John Chrysostom and Anselm of Aosta Although they were separated by centuries, the Church was beset by many serious dangers in each of their respective ages In recent years We celebrated all of their soleExcerpt We have already pointed to how Divine Providence was perfectly realized in the lives of those three great doctors and pastors of the Church, Gregory the Great, John Chrysostom and Anselm of Aosta Although they were separated by centuries, the Church was beset by many serious dangers in each of their respective ages In recent years We celebrated all of their solemn centenaries In a very special way, however, we commemorated Saint Gregory the Great in the encyclical of March 12, 1904, and Saint Anselm in the encyclical of April 21, 1909 In these documents We treated those points of Christian doctrine and morals found in the example and teaching of these saints which We thought were best suited to our times.4 As We have already mentioned, We are of the opinion that the shining example of Christ s soldiers has far greater value in the winning and sanctifying of souls than the words of profound treatises We therefore gladly take this present opportunity to teach some very useful lessons from the consideration of the life of another holy pastor whom God raised up in recent times and in the midst of trials very similar to those We are experiencing today We refer to Saint Charles Borromeo, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church and Archbishop of Milan, whom Paul V, of holy memory, raised to the altar of the saints less than thirty years after his death The words of Our Predecessor are to the point The Lord alone performs great wonders and in recent times He has accomplished marvelous things among Us In His wonderful dispensation He has set a great light on the Apostolic rock when He singled Charles out of the heart of the Roman Church as the faithful priest and good servant to be a model for the pastors and their flock He enlightened the whole Church from the light diffused by his holy works He shone forth before priests and people as innocent as Abel, pure as Enoch, tireless as Jacob, meek as Moses, and zealous as Elias Surrounded by luxury, he exhibited the austerity of Jerome, the humility of Martin, the pastoral zeal of Gregory, the liberty of Ambrose, and the charity of Paulinus In a word, he was a man we could see with our eyes and touch with our hands He trampled earthly things underfoot and lived the life of the spirit Although the world tried to entice him he lived crucified to the world He constantly sought after heavenly things, not only because he held the office of an angel but all because even on earth he tried to think and act as an angel 5 Such are the words of praise Our Predecessor wrote after Charles death Now, three centuries after his canonization, we can rightly rejoice on this day when We solemnly confer, in the name of the Lord, the sacred honors on Charles, Cardinal Priest, thereby crowning his own Spouse with a diadem of every precious stone We agree with Our Predecessor that the contemplation of the glory and even , the example and teaching of the saints will humiliate the enemy and throw into confusion all those who glory in their specious errors Saint Charles is a model for both clergy and people in these days He was the unwearied advocate and defender of the true Catholic reformation, opposing those innovators whose purpose was not the restoration, but the effacement and destruction of faith and morals This celebration of the third centenary of his canonization should prove to be not only a consolation and lesson for every Catholic but also a noble incentive for everyone to cooperate wholeheartedly in that work so dear to Our heart of restoring all things in Christ.

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