• Darkness, a barrier

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    Darkness, a barrier

    Christ came to enlighten those who lived in darkness, overshadowed
    by death, and to guide their feet into the way of peace. Do you ask
    what darkness? Whatever is present in our intellect, in our will, or
    in our memory that is not God, or which has not its source in God;
    that is to say, whatever in us is not for God's sake, is a barrier
    between God and the soul -- it is darkness.
    In himself Christ brought us light which would enable us to see our
    sins, and hate our darkness. His freely chosen poverty, when there was
    no place for him in the inn, is for us a light by which we can now
    learn that the poor in spirit, to whom the kingdom of heaven belongs,
    are blessed.
    The love with which Christ offered himself to instruct us, and to
    endure for us injuries, ostracism, persecution, lashes, and death upon
    a cross; the love finally which made him pray for those who crucified
    him -- that love is for us a light by which we may learn to love our
    -- John Justus Landsberg

    August 21st - Pope St. Pius X

    Baron von Pastor, the noted papal historian, said of St. Pius X:

    "He was one of those chosen few men whose personality was
    irresistible. Everyone was moved by his simplicity and his angelic
    kindness. Yet it was something more that carried him into all hearts;
    and that something was the feeling that all those admitted to his
    presence had a deep conviction of coming face to face with a saint."

    This future Pontiff was born Giuseppe Sarto, son of a messenger and
    postman in the village of Riese in Venetia, in AD 1835. The second of
    ten children, his family was poor, but he was able to obtain an
    education in a local elementary school, a grammar school, bursary, and
    then finally entered the seminary at Padua.

    Giuseppe Sarto was Ordained at age 23, and spent 17 years in pastoral
    ministry. He went on to become Canon at Treviso, and in AD 1884 he
    was consecrated Bishop of Mantua. In AD 1892 Leo XIII promoted
    Giuseppe as Cardinal-priest, and he was promoted to the See of Venice,
    as patriarch. When Leo XIII passed in AD 1903, it was assumed that
    Rampolla Cardinal del Tindaro would succeed him. However, Emperor
    Joseph of Austria "vetoed" the choice (the last time this would
    happen). Ballots processed, and four ballots later Sarto was elected.

    Pope Pius' first action in 'Commissum Nobis' was to outlaw secular interventions in papal elections. He then had to deal with attempted resecularization in France. The Concordat of AD 1801 was condemned,
    and a separation of Church and State imposed. In a pair of dignified
    but forceful encyclicals [Vehementer nos and Gravissimum], the Pope
    condemned the separation as well as the Associations Cultuelles. This
    was established to liquidate ecclesiastical properties in France. The separation continued, but at last the Church had free-reign to
    administer it's own affairs without secular intervention.

    His first encyclical, 'Instuarare Omnia in Christo', dealt with
    restoration of all things in Christ. To this end he issued several
    "wishes": daily communication of all the faithful is possible, reading
    of the Bible, the age of 1st communion lowered to the age of reason
    (7), and easing the process of administering communion to the sick.
    He also issued decrees necessary to curb musical abuses and reinsert
    the use of plainchant in the Mass for the laity, pushed to complete a
    revision of canon law (1917), and reorganized tribunals,
    congregations, and offices of the Curia. In addition, he established
    the necessity of revising and correcting Jerome's Vulgate Bible as
    well as founding the Institute Biblique under the Jesuits to further
    Biblical studies.

    Public knowledge of Saint Pius X is strongest when dealing with his condemnation of Modernism. Abbes Loisy and Duchesne, and Fr. George
    Terrill along with others in Western Europe had sought to "update"
    Biblical scholarship in light of the new scientific and rational
    methodologies present in post-enlightenment academia. This attempt
    was focused in a rebuttal of a certain book of the German Protestant
    scholar Harnack, but in writing L'Evangelie et L'Eglise Loisy laid a
    strong foundation for Modernism's Bible and Tradition destroying

    Saint Pius X's 'Lamentabile Sane' and 'Paschendi Dominici Gregis' set
    out the errors of Modernism and its secular underpinnings. The moans
    and cries of "Papal Oppression" of academic freedom and denunciations
    of Clericalism lasted for sometime, but after Loisy's excommunication
    in 1907 and the Oath Against Modernism required by St. Pius X until
    1962, stemmed the tide of this heresy for decades.

    Pope St. Pius X had to deal with many issues, and many liberal
    governments, during his pontificate. However, his devotion to
    restoring all things in Christ endeared him to all the faithful.
    Archduke Ferdinand was killed, and the proximate cause of the Great
    War issued forth conflict. Though he prayed desperately for peace,
    the war came, and it killed him. On August 19th, 15 days after
    the war began Pope Saint Pius X contracted bronchitis and died.

    Pope Saint Pius X was canonized in 1954, the first pope so Canonized
    since Pope St. Pius V in 1672.

    Saint Quote:
    They want them [the Modernists] to be treated with oil, soap, and
    caresses. But they should be beaten with fists. In a duel, you don't
    count or measure the blows, you strike as you can. War is not made
    with charity: it is a struggle, a duel. If Our Lord were not
    terrible, He would not have given an example in this too. See how he
    treated the Philistines, the sowers of error, the wolves in sheep's
    clothing, the traders: He scourged them with whips!
    --Pope St. Pius X

    Bible Quote
    14 And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves,
    and the changers of money sitting. 15 And when he had made, as it
    were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple,
    the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured
    out, and the tables he overthrew. (John 2:14-15)

    Omnipotentia Patris

    O Omnipotence of the Father,
    help my frailty
    and save me from the depths of misery.
    O Wisdom of the Son,
    direct all my thoughts,
    my words and my deeds.
    O Love of the Holy Spirit,
    be the source of all the actions of my mind,
    that they may always be conformed
    to God’s good pleasure.

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