The True Reformation of Charles Borromeo
Today is the feast of Saint Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), who, in his relatively brief life, filled more than most men in three lives. He was one of the rather rare good fruits of nepotism, being none other than the Pope’s nephew, from a noble family lineage. Said Pontiff, Pius IV, recognizing the qualities in the young Charles, then but 22 years old, appointed him a cardinal in 1560, and this back in the days when that office went along with much political power, riches, largesse, and, if one so desired, a life of ease and luxury.
Charles chose the precise opposite,