These last few days we have celebrated the feast of All Saints and All Souls. This is an annual moment of grace, a gift from God through the Church to recall that…
“The only real sadness in life, the only real failure in life and the only real tragedy in life is not to be a saint.”- “God is the total Creator and Lover, who demands everything of his children, everything. Look at the Crucifix: this is what God demands of his own Son. How could he demand less of the rest of us?“ Leon Bloy. The call to be a saint is irrevocable.
Today’s saint, Charles Borromeo, was only 22 years old when Pope Pius IV, his uncle, appointed him to be archbishop of Milan and a cardinal. Charles threw himself into the vocation of shepherd of the Church by revising the liturgies, reforming seminaries, and renewing the priesthood. Many of his sermons are extant. One sermon given to priests says, “Some of you complain that you are disturbed by distractions, during prayer and even during the Eucharist. I ask you, what were you doing before Mass? Were you preparing yourself for Mass by prayer and meditation or were you engaged in gossip about family, neighbors, business, etc?
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.