November 4, 2015
St. Charles Borromeo
Lk 14: 25-33
Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
During my second grade year, I remember being asked to learn about “my saint”. As was traditional in Catholic circles then, I was named after a saint. So, learn about my saint, who then is my guardian.
My given name is Kevin. My baptismal name is Charles. I decided that St. Charles Borromeo (the only saint I could find with my name) (the saint that Catholics remember today) was my saint. I learned that he was a smart leader. I thought he would be a good guardian.
I have since become a great admirer of St. Charles. His desire for renewal and reform of the Church at a time of question and confusion interests me. I often wonder about renewal of the Church today, which includes a renewal of my own desires to serve God well.
Today’s Gospel challenges the Church to remember what is most significant. Giving more and more of my stuff, of my dreams over to the service of others so that the Spirit might live in me and in us is the invitation. The invitation to be confident that the Lord is walking with me into my renewal of faith is exciting.
Does your saint invite you into more?
—Fr. Kevin Schneider SJ is the director of adult spirituality programs at Creighton Prep.
Prayer of St. 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 your 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 personal gain. 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.
—St. Charles Borromeo
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