Voices ever ancient, ever new. Monday-Week31-2013. St Charles Borromeo.

“Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind ...” (Luke 14:13)

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons offers the following insight on this verse from today’s Gospel:

“Where are the hundredfold rewards in this age for the dinners offered to the poor? These things will be during the times of the kingdom, on the seventh day that is sanctified when God rested from all his works that he made. This is the true sabbath of the just, in which they will have no earthly work to do, but will have a table prepared before them by God, who will feed them with all kinds of delicacies.” (Against Heresies, 5)

Today is the feast of Saint Charles Borromeo. Pope Saint Pius X wrote an encyclical, On Saint Charles, 26 May 1910. An excerpt from Saint Charles’ writing on prayer appears as the Second Reading in today’s Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours.

On this day, kindly remember in your prayers the seminarians, faculty and staff of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. Archbishop Charles Chaput will celebrate Mass at the Seminary today and admit a number of seminarians as Candidates for the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

Preserve in the midst of your people,
we ask, O Lord,
the spirit with which you filled
the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo,
that your Church may be constantly renewed and,
by conforming herself to the likeness of Christ,
may show his face to the world.
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen!