READING I: Romans 15:14-21 RESPONSORIAL: PSALMS 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 GOSPEL: LUKE 16:1-8
by Daniele Crespi
Born 1538, Charles was made bishop of Milan in 1559 at the age of 21, by his uncle, Pope Pius V. Although this probably is a bit of keeping it in the family it turned out to be an inspired choice. Charles became one of the great bishops of his time. He played an important role in the last days of the council of Trent. Charles was a true shepherd of his flock.
The gospel picked for his feast is from Luke 16, the story where the steward had to prepare a full account of his stewardship. One can see how Charles took being the shepherd and steward of the Church seriously; he called synods and meetings in his diocese and wisely implemented the teachings of the council. He was known for works of charity and goodness.He died in 1584 aged only 46.