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Today’s Gospel
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November 4th: Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop

Gospel text (Jn 10,11-16): Jesus said: «I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep». «I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. Not so the hired hand or any other person who is not the shepherd and to whom the sheep do not belong. They abandon the sheep as soon as they see the wolf coming; then the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep. This is because the hired hand works for pay and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father. Because of this I give my life for my sheep».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, the Church celebrates the sanctity of a great shepherd of souls: Saint Charles Borromeo, who was bishop of the diocese of Milan. Saint Charles was a descendant of a very rich family. He gave up everything to devote himself 100% to the service of the Church. His shield bore only one word: "Humilitas." The true reformers are bombproof saints...

—Saint Charles did not take the pastoral task as an occupation among others: the attention of souls and praying were his life. And, therefore, he traveled and toured the territories of his immense diocese (which also included Venice, Switzerland ...) to meet his people and attend them.