Today is the Feast of Bl. Charles of Austria. There is a wonderful, Christian paradox in the Benedictus antiphon that we sing on his feast. As I have mentioned before it is taken from Matthew: “Similabo eum viro sapienti qui aedificavit domum suam super petram: I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.” (Mt 7,24) From a temporal point of view this is almost the opposite of the truth. It was during the blessed emperor’s reign that the House of Austria lost everything. But it is precisely in the ruin of temporal things that the foundation of Bl. Charles’s house becomes manifest: Christ the Lord.