- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: T&T Clark (February 9, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780567670250
- ISBN-13: 978-0567670250
- ASIN: 0567670252
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Cihak and Santogrossi have managed to bring alive one of the great figures of the Counter-Reformation. Borromeo is generally known for being a patron of the Arts and a defender of polyphonic chant, but this collection of homilies, speeches and occasional writings showcases the full breadth of Borromeo's genius. This collection will be inspirational for priests, bishops, seminarians and anyone else interested in the topic of how one saint overcame a culture of clerical decadence and turned a sinking Barque of Peter around and got it floating again. In a radically egalitarian world, it also showcases the value of one aristocratic leader with his heart in the right place. -Tracey Rowland, John Paul II Institute, Australia
There may be only one instance of Papal nepotism within the history of the Church that actually served the good of the Church - Pope Paul IV appointing his non-ordained newphew Charles Borromeo a Cardinal at the age of 22. This book demonstrates why this is true. Fr John Cihak, editor, and Br Ansgar Santogrossi, OSB, translator, have provided for the English speaking Church, long overdue, an excellent selection of St Charles' Orations, homilies and writings that bear witness to his reputation as an ardent reformer, inspiring preacher and practical administrator. In so doing, Charles emerges not only as an exemplary bishop, but more importantly as a beloved Saint. Today's seminarians, priests and bishops, as well as the Catholic laity at large, who desire to further reform the Church in our time to make it vibrant and saintly, will find in this marvelous book St Charles' wisdom, courage and inspiration to help them do so. -Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap, Capuchin College, USA
The great bishop of Catholic reform appears here in new light. Many know only Borromeo's demanding ordinances of regular and attentive pastoral practice and of disciplined lay life. But these texts show him renewing the deteriorated church of Milan by setting forth attractive motives for pastors to lead by example and nourish their people by word and sacrament. Borromeo offers high ideals of life and service, drawing on Scripture, the saints and daily life to encourage all to walk resolutely in the way of Christ. -Jared Wicks, S.J, Gregorian University, Italy
To have the words of this great Bishop, Saint and Reformer resound in the English language is a wonderful contribution. This book will be a marvelous resource for clergy, scholars and anyone who seeks to live a more authentic life in Christ. -Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
This is a timely and important book. St Charles Borromeo's practical wisdom about following Jesus can inspire and guide our ongoing efforts at renewal within ourselves and the Church today. -Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland, USA
About the Author
Ansgar Santogrossi, O.S.B., is a Benedictine monk of Mount Angel Abbey and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon and at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska, USA. He earned his Doctorate in philosophy from the Institut Catholique de Paris.
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This book presents the response of a saint to difficult times. St. Charles Borromeo responded to the crisis with personal holiness as well as a pastoral plan of action that has something to teach bishops, priests, and laity in our times too.
I found the lengthy historical introduction to be extremely helpful, even apart from the collection of Borromeo's own texts. The introduction painted a vivid picture of the times and circumstances in which Borromeo lived, and explained his strategies for meeting those times head-on — not with negativity and constant lamenting, but with hard work, leading by example, and faith in Jesus Christ, who promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church. This is a must-read for seminarians, deacons, priests, and bishops.