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It’s always easy for me to remember the feast of St. Charles Borromeo (today) because it coincides with the birthday of one of my favorite cousins. The fifth of seven children, Charles always seemed to me “the quiet one.” I often wondered if my aunt and uncle were in the habit of checking the church calendar to find “appropriate” saints’ names for their children or if it was finally time to name their third son after his father. I presume that for Catholic parents in the 1950s it was a little bit of both.

As I read the biography of St. Charles Borromeo this morning (see franciscanmedia.org) I thought of my cousin. Saint Charles “took the initiative in giving a good example,” often “working behind the scenes.” I smile as I celebrate those virtues in my cousin who remains close in spirit, still quietly in my heart. Blessings on your birthday, Charles!