November 4 is the feast day of St. Charles Borromeo. The times in which he lived were not so different from the current ones and the leadership he exemplified is sorely needed today.
St. Charles Borromeo was born in 1538, a time when the Church was in the midst of perhaps her greatest crisis. Martin Luther had begun his revolt in 1522 with the publication of his 95 Theses. In the aftermath, some 12 million Europeans left the Church; more would follow in successive waves. Read more