The Prospector (Helena, Mont.) 1916-2015, November 01, 1916, Image 32

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22 THE PROSPECTOR good there may be in a name, there is much more in an ex­ ample. The Saint whose feast we celebrate today, not only gives his name to this college of which we are all justly proud, but what is of greater value still, he offers a brilliant and powerful example of the stern, vigorous, virile type of manhood our college here on Capitol Hill is destined to mold. I will not burden you today with the little details in the life of St. Charles Borromeo, instructive, edifying and interest­ ing though they are. I shall ask you merely to grasp the leading traits in the character of our Saint. From them you can judge the man, and account for the wonders he accom­ plished for God and for holy Church. St. Charles was an archbishop and a cardinal. As arch­ bishop he was placed by the Holy Ghost to rule that definite portion of the Lord’s vineyard, known as the archdiocese of Milan in northern Italy. As cardinal he was associated with the Sovereign Pontiff in the government of the Universal Church. As archbishop he was for his flock the veritable Good Shepherd who gave his life for his sheep. As cardinal he was the keen eye and the strong right arm of the reigning Pope. During the lifetime of St. Charles, the Holy Father called a general council. Now the convocation and the management of a general council is, by all odds, the most important, the most trying and the most responsible work a Roman Pontiff can undertake. The council called in the time of St. Charles was no ordinary general council. It was by far the greatest of all the general councils of the Church. It considered the whole deposit of Catholic dogma, morality and worship. For eighteen years, in the middle of the 16 th century, the famous Council of Trent continued its sessions; and if ultimately it was brought to a happy conclusion, it was owig in great meas­ ure to St. Charles Borromeo who as Cardinal-Legate of the Pope, presided at some of its closing deliberations. To appreciate fully the sterling worth of St. Charles Borromeo, as Archbishop and Cardinal of the great Catholic Church, to get an adequate idea of the inspiration to be caught from his noble character, we must understand the age in which he lived, the difficulties he had to contend with, the obstacles

The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 01 Nov. 1916, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheProspector/1916-11-01/ed-1/seq-32/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.