This past week, our Protestant brothers and sisters celebrated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.  As we continue to pray for unity among Christians, we should also be grateful for the changes and reforms that came out of the Reformation.  St. Charles Borromeo, whose feast we celebrate today, responded to and corrected some of the problems present within our Church in the 1500s.  His willingness to look at an institution that he loved and identify its flaws ultimately helped it to grow into a better version of itself.

Today’s Gospel reminds us that “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”  It takes humility to look at our own actions, or those of an institution that we are a part of, and to make the necessary changes to bring it more in line with God’s desire for us.  

What is an aspect of your life that you can look at humbly, and make changes to more closely align with God?

—The Jesuit Prayer team



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