Tribulation Times


August 21, 2012  


St. Pius X: Sanctity Alone  

"Sanctity alone makes us what our divine vocation demands, men crucified to the world and to whom the world has been crucified, men walking in newness of life who, in the words of St. Paul, show themselves as ministers of God in labors, in vigils, in fasting, in chastity, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere charity, in the word of truth; men who seek only heavenly things and strive by every means to lead others to them." (Pope St. Pius X: Haerent Animo)

A WORD IN SEASON: Pius X's motto " to restore all things in Christ," echoed St. Paul.

For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth (Eph 1:9-10, RSV, emphasis added).

One way Pius X considered this restoration possible was using the long-held formula from St. Louis De Montfort in True Devotion to Mary: "to Jesus through Mary." He reasoned that if God could trust Mary with bringing forth the life of Jesus into the world, she is surely a trustworthy path for bringing forth the life of Christ within believers.

"Could not God have given us, in another way than through the Virgin the Redeemer of the human race and the Founder of the Faith? But, since Divine Providence has been pleased that we should have the Man-God through Mary, who conceived Him by the Holy Ghost and bore Him in her breast, it only remains for us to receive Christ from the hands of Mary." (Ad Diem Illum Latissimum, par. 6)  



Pope Leo XIII died on August 4, 1903, Cardinal Sarto was reluctantly named Pope after only a four-day conclave, by a margin of 55 out of a possible 60 votes. The humble farm boy told his fellow Cardinals that his name would be Pius. “As I shall suffer, I shall take the name of those Popes who also suffered." His coronation took place on the following Sunday, August 9, 1903. In the Vatican, the Pope made changes that impressed some and irritated others. He wanted to be a less formal and more approachable Pope. Each evening, he invited other priests and workers in the Vatican to dinner. To the chagrin of the Swiss guards, Pius X would often escape the Vatican walls through garden passageways unescorted and visit the sick in local hospitals.

Not surprisingly, his Papacy was marked by improving priestly formation, instituting better liturgy and music, and requiring quality preaching from priests and bishops. Always an educator, he modernized Canon law and introduced progressive scholarship through the biblical institute of Rome under the Jesuits. In 1905, he lowered the age of receiving the Eucharist for young people, still in effect today (around 7 years old). He fought against a theological teaching known as “modernism” that Pius X felt was a form of heresy and atheism. In his latter years, he preached strongly against war and violence. Pius X had vivid dreams and visions that a great war would break out in Europe in 1914 killing many innocents. His visions were about World War I and they were accurate. Pius X would not live to see the long-term effects of the disaster but his prophesies were chilling reminders after his death. 

During his tenure, the Pope supported European immigrants who fled to North and South America. He formed many new Dioceses and appointed new bishops in the Americas. In the last year of his life, Pius X held many private audiences with the poor and sick. It was during there private visits with common people that rumors of miraculous cures began to spread throughout Rome. Among those cured through his prayers were two religious sisters who confirmed the healings after his death and promoted his canonization to sainthood.

On August 20, 1914, Pope Pius X passed to eternal life. The Italian press wrote, “ Saint Is Dead."   On his tombstone are the words: “Pope Pius X, poor and yet rich, gentle and humble of heart, unconquerable champion of the Catholic Faith, whose constant endeavor it was to renew all things in Christ…”

PHOTO OF RELIC: St. Pius [Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto] X, Pp.


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