January 9, 2008
vol 19, no. 9

                Humility Hungers for Holy Happenings

    It happened before, why can't it happen again? That is the question you will ask when reading of the humility in the short-lived, but fully fruitful life of a great Church Doctor St. Charles Borromeo. In the midst of turmoil, tension, rebellion, lukewarmness, and heresies in the aftermath of wicked popes, God rose up this humble soul to wrest back the true faith from the usurpers and infiltrators. Now, nearly 500 years later the situation is even worse for the Protestants have managed to cleverly masquerade themselves as part of and inside, and yes, even as the Church itself where man has reached, in their warped thinking that has permeated every conciliar curia and chancery, an equal footing with God. Heresy? Of course, but considering the counterfeit church of conciliarism's track record, should we be surprised? No, nor should we be surprised, if we pray with humility and hope, that God will be merciful and raise up another of St. Charles' caliber to help bring holy Mother Church back to her rightful order. It can be done!

    The Attributes of Almighty God are Infinite, and infinitely perfect. As we are made in His image and likeness in our soul, each one of us is to reflect one, or more of His attributes, or perfections, to that degree He has chosen for us from all Eternity. Remember, He Who Is God chooses those souls to whom He gives much, and therefore from whom He expects much. To others, He chooses to give less, nevertheless requiring that soul also to reach that degree of perfection, which He has ordained before time began.

    In 1537, a child was born to an illustrious family of Milan, Italy. They were the Borromeos, and to the Milanese, the family was not known for virtue, particularly that of humility. Their history rather resembled that of the Patrician and Publican in Sacred Scripture, for this family, proud of their wealth and noble character, wore virtue on their sleeves, parading it in the streets of the city where their name carried with it an outward respect of Milan’s citizens, but inwardly the people disdained them for their apparent hypocrisy. In truth, most believed that the Borromeos bore humility only on their family crest.

    Yet, the Goodness of Almighty God had other plans for this illustrious family, and thus in 1537, a heavenly light appeared over the room where a tiny new-born boy came into this world, at a time when the Church was in a state of disarray, due to corruption within the clergy, lack of disciplines, and the revolt of an Augustinian Monk named Martin Luther. The child was named Charles Borromeo.

    His uncle was Pope Pius IV, a true servant of the servants of God, a remarkable Pontiff who labored with great zeal to undo the heresy of Martin Luther, and to recapture the Divine Mandate of Christ’s One True Church. This holy Vicar of Christ would not have to wait long before God would bring into his service one man who by virtue of God’s Providence, possessed great learning, exceptional organizational skills, oratorical talents, and diplomacy, all encased within the shining light which shone upon his birth—Humility.

    St. Charles Borromeos, clothed in humility, was, however, the most intrepid of all his ancestry, fearless in his Faith, a man born into a time of utter chaos throughout Europe. Luther’s Protestantism had embroiled Germany into passing the treaty of Passau, which granted to these heretics equality and liberty, two of Lucifer’s favorite terms. The Prince of Darkness would use these terms again at the time of the French Revolution, enthroning ‘Lady Liberty’ in this eldest daughter of Holy Mother Church (said enthronement accompanied by a Black Mass), and always seeking to overthrow the one obstacle to his complete dominion over the world—The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church—the fallen angel brought these same terms to dominance at the election of Angelo Roncalli and the calling of The Second Vatican Council.

    Charles V, in cowardly fashion, abdicated his throne in despair, leaving the authority to his brother Ferdinand. In Spain, within its own borders and throughout its vast territories in the New World, the ruling power fell to Ferdinand’s brother, Philip II. Gone was the respect reserved for the Sovereign Pontiff. Luther’s diabolical actions sought not only to reform Christ’s One True Church, his ‘reforms’ also undid the unity of Europe’s ruling families.

    Thus, Ferdinand took it upon himself to abjure the long-storied anointing and crowning by the Vicar of Christ, and proceeded to crown himself with the diadem, which St. Leo III had placed upon Charlemagne. Philip, meanwhile, undertook to besiege Italy, taking Naples in the south and Milan in the north, thus threatening Rome itself.

    Britain, briefly reprieved by Mary Tudor who restored Catholicism, found itself plunged into heresy and despotism at the hands of the long reigning and much ballyhooed by revisionist history Elizabeth I, bastard daughter of Henry VIII.

    France, meanwhile, fell to boy kings, allowing the powerful Medici family to begin wars with the French, which developed into a nightmare of hellish proportions for Pope Pius IV.

    Consequently, Charles Borromeos, schooled from his youth by the clergy, became famous for his learning prowess and zeal for souls, his soundness of mind, his logic, and his ability to handle many tenacious problems at the same time. He devoted himself to ceaseless prayer, centering his life on and for Christ. Ordained to the priesthood at a young age, Charles took his priesthood with deep seriousness, distinguishing himself above all others of the clergy at the time. His wealthy parents, unduly proud of their son, gave him an abbey, which Charles obediently oversaw. However, our fearless saint warned his father that despite the familial relationship, the latter must not spend any revenue from the abbey on private use.

    Thus, when Charles’ father passed into eternity, the saint God was forming, immediately spent all surplus income on the poor, establishing the virtue of charity firmly into the woven cloak of humility.

    He knew the immense value before God of chastity, and on several occasions put to flight, with the most sound firmness, several shameless women sent to tempt him by the devil. By such firmness, Charles allowed the Holy Ghost to interweave both charity and humility into the cloak he would wear until his death, keeping his virginity unspotted, improving with every passing day his devotion to poverty, and seraphic love of the poor. By the practice of prayer, self-mortification, penances of every kind, and zealous for the salvation of souls, the One True Faith remained unshakeable until the moment of death.

    By the age of twenty-three Pope Pius IV raised Charles to the rank of Cardinal. This action was not done out of any familial ties, nor did Pius IV have any tendency toward simony. Rather, the Holy Pontiff recognized the work of the Holy Ghost in his young nephew, and knew through infused knowledge that God had raised Charles to such high degrees of both learning and virtue so as to aid the True Church in a time of deep crisis, heretical waves battering at the solid foundation of the One True Church.

    Mature beyond his years, brilliant of mind, holy of heart, Charles accepted the duties of Cardinal , although the Holy Ghost made the scarlet robes of his rank glisten with humility, piety his cincture. Thus St. Charles began his labors in the vineyard of Our Blessed Savior, under the direction of the Vicar of Christ. Held in high esteem by Pius IV, Charles also found himself consecrated as the Archbishop of his native Milan.

    Faith made up for what Charles lacked in actual experience, and Divine Wisdom guided his words and actions. Wisdom taught him that while heresy threatened to deluge Europe, Holy Mother Church needed to learn a great lesson first and foremost from this so-called ‘Reformation’ begun by Luther. Thus, our saint began by seeking to strengthen the disciplines of the Church, beginning first with all clergy, which pastors then passed down to the laity. He manner of life was a living example to the entire Church in elevating morals, at a time when unbridled passions had been let loose by the Protestant reformation. Through the example of St. Charles Borromeos, he became a visible reminder to the universal Church of her indefectible sanctity, founded upon the Divine Mandate of Jesus Christ.

    When St. Charles undertook the tremendous tasks assigned to him by Pius IV, the Council of Trent had already met under the approval and direction of Pope Paul III and Julius III, and had already infallibly defined dogmas and initiated informatory decrees, all with Papal approbation.

    However, the Council of Trent had been interrupted twice during the Pontificates of the above-mentioned Popes. When Charles arrived at the Vatican, the Council had been suspended for eight years, while its work was under some dispute due to laxity and lukewarmness among Princes of the Church, the clergy, royalty, down to the poorest of the laity comprising the Church Militant, as Protestantism moved like a tsunami over much of Europe.

    The contentions of countless princes of the world, and of the Church, posed a major obstacle to completing this all-important Council, and thus Charles exhausted every effort to surmount these contentions and re-convene the Council to finish the extraordinary work it had already effected by the Holy Ghost. This was no small task, but Charles, relying upon God, never flagged in his zeal to see this Council’s work fulfilled and given full approbation.

    He spoke daily with Pope Pius IV about his own views, and received not only the Vicar of Christ’s approval, but through his authority, became a diplomat in the courts of those warring factions in Europe, which had become less than zealous in the pursuit of all holiness for the Honor and Glory of God and His One True Church.

    For over two years, St. Charles Borromeos labored day and night to ready himself to enter into the diplomatic courts of contentious princes, all of whom held the Council in suspension. His innate ability to speak with firmness, and uncompromising language, enveloped by his piety, charity, wisdom, and his shining humility, finally overcame the ill will of these monarchs, and churchmen.

    Thus, according to Divine Providence, this Saint of humility brought together the Fathers of the Council of Trent to finish that which they had so zealously begun, and which work had been directed by the Holy Ghost.

    That the Council re-convened was due entirely to St. Charles Borromeos’ labors. The Council was able to proceed to its ultimate conclusion due to Charles’ brilliant material sense of organization. He also brought to the Council political security under which the Fathers were free from all outside influence to conclude this all-important work of God.

    From the re-convening of the Council of Trent, St. Charles saw to it that the work was given a steady continuity, and in a short time, the Fathers of this Council recognized Charles for his virtues, and gave to him their full confidence. Thus, Charles undertook the vital role of intermediary between the Pope and the Council, letting nothing fall through the cracks, nor would he permit any linguistic ambiguities to pass from Council to Pope, and vice versa.

    In Dom Prosper Gueranger’s “The Liturgical Year,” Book VI, pages 168-169, Church historian Bossuet, said that the completion of the Council of Trent was due fully to the work of St. Charles, and of the Council’s work, further said:

    …it brought the Church back to the purity of her origin as far as the iniquities of the time would permit. (1)—Gallia orthodoxa, Pars III., Lib. xi, cap 13; vii, cap. 40.

    Furthermore, when the Oecumenical sessions were opened at the Vatican, once the Council had concluded, the future Cardinal Pie said of the Council of Trent:

    “that Council of Trent, which deserved, more truly even than that of Nicea, to be called the great council, that Council concerning which we may confidently assert that since the creation of the world no assembly of men has succeeded in introducing among mankind such great perfection; that Council whereof it has been said that, as a tree of life, it has for ever restored to the Church the vigour of her youth.”

    St. Charles, laboring day and night, suggested to Pope Pius IV the various Roman Congregations charged with implementing the infallible decrees of this august Council, would be ever constant in their application of its edicts, thus ensuring obedience to the pontifical constitutions which followed and completed it Trent’s work.. Charles caused the liturgical books to be revised, and the Roman catechism to be compiled.

    In all things, he was the living example of the Council of Trent’s infallible decrees and dogmatic clarifications.

    All this St. Charles accomplished through grace of virtue within a period of six years, fulfilling the reign of Pope Pius IV.

    After the death of Pope Pius IV, Charles was entreated mightily to stay the course in Rome under the newly elected Pope Pius V, whose elevation to the Chair of Peter was due in no small matter to the prayers and labor of St. Charles.

    However, St. Charles knew that his work in Rome was accomplished, and ever conscious of his diocese of Milan, returned there to be the first of its prelates actually to live within the city walls full time. As the Archbishop of this important see, St. Charles made it his motto ‘To treat of the interests of Jesus Christ in the spirit of Jesus Christ.’ To accomplish this, he implemented the decrees of the Council of Trent throughout his diocese; he became the living form of the Great Council, which to this day, has not lost one jot of its infallible nature, or the greatness of its decrees in the face of heresy.

    St. Charles became living proof that the Council of Trent’s work was capable of sanctifying both pastor and flock, if followed and lived with the grace of sincerity of heart. Our saint of humility wrote instructions to both clergy and laity alike, instructing them in the practice of the One True Faith so exceptionally laid out and explained by the Council of Trent. Not one aspect of the Faith was left unmentioned by St. Charles, who left behind a legacy that held firmly, until the revolt of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960’s.

    In addition to his exhaustive duties in Milan, St. Charles strove with great firmness arising from true charity and zeal for souls to expel heretics from Switzerland and from Grisons, converting countless souls who had fallen prey to Luther’s Reforms.

    His charity was renowned not only in Milan, but throughout much of Europe. During the plague, which decimated his diocese, St. Charles gave away all his possessions to the poor, the suffering, and those dying of the plague. He personally visited the sick in the hospitals, treating each as a true Father, and comforting them with the Last Sacrament of Holy Mother Church; all this and more he did without ever neglecting his prayer life.

    His humility caused him to order his entire archdiocese to do penance and humble supplication before the Throne of God, to humbly beg God to stop the Plague, and diminish the suffering of the poor. He gave the example, and his flock followed, as a flock will willingly follow a ‘good shepherd.’ He ordered processions to be made, and he himself walked with the people in procession, seen with a rope around his neck, his feet bare and bleeding from the stones of the streets, while on his shoulders he carried a cross in humility as Our Blessed Savior had done before for the redemption of mankind. He willingly offered himself as a victim for his suffering, sinful people, thus turning away the anger of Almighty God, while gaining many souls to the One True Faith.

    Inspired for the need of greater solitude and deeper prayer after his tireless labors at both the Council of Trent and in Milan, St. Charles spent some time on Mount Varallo, where he increased his bodily mortifications, and contemplated the Most Sorrowful Passion of His Beloved Savior. While there, he was stricken with a fever. He knew that his final hour was fast approaching. Thus, he returned to his beloved Milan.

    His illness grew worse, and he asked to be clothed in sackcloth and ashes. He chose to be laid on the bare boards, which served as his bed, for he had given up his possessions to the poor, sick, and dying. He held his beloved crucifix, gazing with ineffable Love upon Our Crucified Savior, and passed to his eternal reward in Heaven. It was in his forty-seventh year on the third of November in 1584. Renown for sanctity in life, and through many miracles after death, St. Charles was enrolled among the saints by Pope Pius V.

    This humble saint accomplished so very much that it would take many pages to recount the work he did, and the lasting effects of his labors not only in Milan, but also in the Universal Church. Untold graces have flowed into Holy Mother Church over the centuries through the labors and practice of virtues, particularly humility, by St. Charles Borromeos.

    Let us take a moment to translate in our mind’s eye, this saintly life, in our own evil times, and seek to see through the eyes of Faith God’s Providence for His Church, and for his flock. We, who are the Church Militant of this twenty-first century, when the ‘abomination of desolation in the temple’ exists in the counterfeit church must seek to emulate the life of St. Charles Borromeos.

    First, let us remember the one huge, glaring difference between the time when St. Charles was chosen to live and work for the One True Faith, and our own times. When Luther revolted, abuses within the institutional church did exist, for not all her members were striving for holiness. However, Holy Mother Church always possessed a validly elected Vicar of Christ, and not one ever taught anything ‘ex cathedra’, which contradicted the Sacred Deposit of Faith.

    Thus, St. Charles, was born at that time in the sixteenth century when satan drew a line in the sand of time, where the beginning of other ‘christian cults’ spread with diabolical force.

    Still, not unlike our own times, St. Charles had to stare pure evil in the face, and without fear, he spoke the Truth. Humility prepared Charles for the all-important role God had chosen him to undertake, but let us not confuse humility with cowardliness.

    Humility acknowledges the creature’s absolute nothingness in the face of the Divine Infinite. It acknowledges that in and of itself, the creature cannot possibly achieve any good, unless that good flows first from the Divine into the heart, mind, and soul of the creature who has been regenerated by Baptism. There is also the important fact that one must be a member of the One True Faith in order to continuously, through prayer, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the worthy reception of the Sacraments, receive abundant graces from God.

    Humility is the expression of Eternal Wisdom in the immortal soul of each person who seeks God’s Perfect Will. St. Charles knew his nothingness, knew that whatever skills, talents, graces, virtues, even morality he possessed came not from himself, but from God. Thus, humility keeps us submissive to God, acknowledging His Absolute Perfection to our weak, limited, clouded minds, our imperfect hearts, and our souls marred by Original Sin and our actual sins, be they venial or mortal.

    Humility does not mean we have to be the world’s doormat! In fact, true Humility is also the expression of Eternal Truth, God’s Word Made Flesh in the ever-virginal womb of Mary Most Holy. Humility forms the sheath in which the sword of Truth is worn within our souls; humility combines with wisdom to form steel in our spines to make us true Soldiers of Christ. St. Charles was a soldier.

    We, the Church Militant, are to be Soldiers of Christ, each one of us without exception! We are to arm ourselves daily with the armor of God, putting upon ourselves the helmet of salvation, girding ourselves with Truth, our weapons the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments, particularly the Most Blessed Sacrament, and an unceasing life of prayer and sacrifice.

    Are we soldiers? Are we armed for battle? Do we truly Love Our Beloved Savior sufficiently to desire to lay down our mortal life for Him? Or, do we cower from confrontation, preferring instead to keep our Catholicism to ourselves, hiding, as it were, from the face of evil? Each one of us must examine our own conscience and answer these questions and many others before we can arrive at a clear understanding of the state of our immortal soul, as God sees it, not as we imagine our soul to be.

    Each one of us has the same duty before God: To attain that degree of sanctity He has ordained for us before time began. To do this, we must live the fullness of the One True Faith, daily examine our conscience, and practice every virtue to the degree God’s grace allows. We are all called to practice penance for our personal sins, and the sins of others, and according to God’s grace and the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, to practice bodily mortifications, to accept at all times God’s Perfect Will for us, and to lovingly accept the sufferings and sorrows of this fleeting mortal life. When we do these things, we are showing God by word and deed just how much we Love Him, and we begin to ascend the ladder of sanctity toward our Heavenly Home.

    Is God content with our efforts? Are we doing enough? More than likely the answer to either question is a firm “NO!” Only if we desire with our entire being to be poured out as a libation for our Blessed Savior, are we doing all that we can and should. Yet, do not become discouraged, for God sees our hearts, knows our intentions, and this is what He takes into account. He sees our effort. He does not look to see how many successes we’ve lined up in a trophy case. We must lay up treasure in Heaven, and allow God to keep the books.

    What then can we do to stop this great abomination before the Throne of the Triune Divinity? What can we do to stop the countless blasphemies against our Beloved Jesus Christ, His Most Holy Mother, the saints, and angels of Heaven?

    We must use the material things of our own time, in the same manner that St. Charles used those of his own age. We can and must mortify our senses, subject our bodies to the Divine, rather than the superficial ‘wants’ of our modern age. If we are going to be progressivists, let us ‘progress’ in virtue, morality and sanctity, rather than ‘progressing’ in the accumulation of all the world offers us at every second.

    Let us use our time wisely. Let us use the technology of this time for God’s Honor and Glory, rather than for sheer amusement. If we seek Wisdom and Humility, God will most certainly grant our requests. If we are united in one single goal then each one of us becomes a true Soldier in Christ’s Army, even if our duties are different, just as the Holy Ghost dispenses His gifts and fruits in different measures to different people, but all flow from the same Holy Ghost.

    We must begin NOW, rather than later as we are wont to do with our weak, fallen nature, to set right that which is diabolically wrong. We are responsible for how we spend the time God gives us in this earthly sojourn, and we will be judged accordingly.

    Thus, what can we do that we have not done to this point? A Crusade? Why not? No, we do not have to wear metallic armor, ride a horse, and carry a steel sword by which to slay God’s enemies who are under the influence (some willingly, others through sheer laziness) of God’s only enemy, Lucifer and the fallen angels.

    If we prayed as one, spoke as one, and lived the fullness of the One True Faith as one, supporting one another in our individual tasks and apostolates as Christ commands, we’d see an outpouring of enormous graces flowing as a torrent from Heaven!

    Is it enough for us to go to Mass, receive the sacraments, send our children to the few truly Roman Catholic Schools available, or home-school them, say our daily prayers, abstain from meat on Fridays, and fast on the days appointed?

    Certainly all of the above are good things, and bring us grace. But in the current crisis, we need an excess of grace. We must ASK God for grace at every moment, and we MUST show Him our sincerity through the life we live. That the Good Lord has not let fall from Heaven fire and brimstone upon mankind for its unspeakable sins of abortion, sodomy, all licentiousness, the “entertainment” of TV, movies, DVD’s, what is called ‘music’ today, the abundance of food we consume, and the sedentary lives most of us lead, says to my soul that there are hidden saints among us who are placating God’s Just Anger against his creatures. There are most definitely willing victim souls hidden among us who suffer every cross Our Blessed Lord gives them, all for Love of Him, and in reparation and expiation for their own sins and those of others.

    St. Charles labored without ceasing to bring the august Council of Trent to its concluding sessions. This infallible Council, which cannot be dismissed, degraded, or ignored, preserved the pureness of the One True Faith in the face of mounting heresies begun by Martin Luther and his ilk. In our time, those who, by grace, recognize the face of pure evil, which dominated the Second Vatican Council, appear to be defeated by the sheer number of those ‘novus ordo catholics’ who are promoting and drowning in the mother of all heresies—Modernism.

    Have we grown so lax, so lukewarm in our comfort zones that we cannot or are not willing to beg our true bishops and priests to come together in the unity of the One True Faith, calling together a Council that will, once again, set forth the Fullness of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith? It is not a matter of numbers, my dear friends. The counterfeit church may have the buildings, perhaps a billion souls, and untold billions of dollars to pay for their sodomite sins, but we have God and all the angels and saints of heaven! Be assured, if Almighty God desires our true bishops and priests to gather in Council, we, the Church Militant have the means to bring such a Council to fruition.

    Some will argue, and rightly so, that a Council can only be called by and approved by a true Vicar of Christ. St. Charles would be the first, with all firmness and humility, to tell us that we do not have a true Vicar of Christ in the counterfeit church, and he would be the first to end the petty divisions among those laboring to restore the True Faith. Guided by the Holy Ghost, St. Charles would promptly, firmly, with zeal and humility, put to shame the lame arguments of those who have caved to Ben/Ratz’s slimy web of deceit expressed in the great hoax of Summorum Pontificum.

    Thus, if we do not have a True Pontiff, then how are we to obtain one? Well, it seems to me that unless it is forbidden by True Roman Canon Law (and I do not pretend in any way, shape, or form to be a Canon Lawyer), that with True Bishops and Priests, there is absolutely no reason (save for the petty differences between some traditionalists, and of course the waffling of the Superior General of the SSPX), why a council cannot be held in order to unite all in the traditional movement in order to bring all to the true, never changing tenets of our Roman Catholic Faith. In time, following such a council for unity, the next step can be approached as to the viability of those true successors of the Apostles universally today - whether they be independant, SSPX, CMRI, SSPV, Franciscan or Benedictine or another order who still cling to their roots - to plan a Conclave in an effort to elect a True Vicar of Christ who will be recognized not only by all true Catholics, but more specifically by God as His chosen one for these tumultuous times.

    If a Council and a Conclave are God’s Will, then we need to pray and do penance to ask for His guidance in such vital matters. It matters not where a Council could be held, nor does it matter that a Conclave would not take place within the Sistine Chapel, or anywhere within the Vatican State. After all, common sense alone acknowledges that every building within the Vatican, as well as all ‘churches’ where even one heretical Novus Ordo Mass has been said, need not only to be exorcised, but also re-consecrated before the True Faith can be re-instated therein.

    However, are we fearful of persecution? Do we dread being ‘excommunicated’ by a false cult from hell? Do we fear the Political Correct Police of society who tell us what we can say, believe, and do? Do we fear the PCP because they have passed, and will continue to pass laws against ‘hate’ crimes, whereby to even mention God’s most holy name is punishable by some man-made law? Have we been beaten down and dumbed down to such a degree that we are fearful of admonishing the sinner, while in all charity seeking the sinner’s conversion? Have we become spineless creatures who have forgotten their Creator and All He has given us, done for us, and promised us, if we are but faithful to Him in this life?

    It is time to put Christ back into Christmas, not just in your traditional church, chapel, or underground home/church. It’s past time to put Christ back into society, and to pray and seek the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ for the entire world, starting with the United States of American, whose patroness happens to be Our Blessed Mother under the invocation of The Immaculate Conception.

    If all of these things seem overwhelming, then our faith is weak! We should have no fear, no anxiety over what will happen to us in this mortal life if we seek God first, and give until we have given our all, be it our very life, or the treasures God has seen fit to give us.

    Those who have much are obligated by God to give much. Each one of us must give until it hurts…which is when we will know by Christ’s Peace that we are progressing toward sanctity. To give of our excess is meaningless before God. To give until we have been poured out for the entire flock of the Church Militant is the measure by which graces flow into our soul, and by which we mount the ladder to Heaven.

    Let’s start giving, my friends. Give everything to and for God’s Honor and Glory. Live the Roman Catholic Faith fully, and pray as if your life depended upon it, because it does. Let us support one another in this war against hell, and be not afraid. Let those who have been given a mandate by God to evangelize His Eternal Truths, be supported by prayer and treasure from those who have not been called to such an apostolate. To the degree that you trust in God’s Divine Providence to care for you in both spiritual and temporal needs, you will be rewarded both in this life and in Eternity. St. Charles Borromeos emptied himself so that God could fill him with all good things. May we seek the intercession of St. Charles that we might imitate him in all his virtues, and be clothed in true Humility, in this time when pride has been elevated to virtue, and all manner of grievous sin is seen as glitteringly good.

    St. Charles Borromeo lived a short life. In that short life through God’s Providence, he accomplished so much that his legacy continues to this very moment, and will continue until Time Ends. We need to start thinking about the legacy we shall leave behind when we are called home. Will the world be a better place because we lived and died, or will it be more evil because we skimmed through life without a thought for anyone else? The choice is ours, my friends, and it is past time to choose as we enter the second week of 2008.

    Pray for the Triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, which will usher in the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ, and the glorious restoration of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith. Let us amend our lives, purify our senses, practice every virtue, suffer willingly, and fight with the sword of Truth. If we do, we shall swiftly see Heaven’s response, and the devil will be chained where he belongs, while countless souls are saved from the precipice of Hell.

Yours in Jesus through Mary,


    University of Virtue
    January 9, 2008
    Volume 19, no. 9