From Weedy@21:1/5 to All on Sun Aug 21 00:03:26 2022
Resentment doesn't just happen, it grows like a poisonous plant that
grows entwined in our hearts. The weed increases in size until it
chokes the fruitful vine that should be growing there instead. It is
something that we can control, for if we don't it will invade all of
our thinking. Jesus forbids us bear anger in our heart if we are to
approach God with our prayers of petition, adoration, contrition or thanksgiving.
21 August – St Pope Pius X
“Pope of the Blessed Sacrament” – born on 2 June 1835 at Riese,
diocese of Treviso, Venice, Austria (now Italy) as Giuseppe Melchiorre
Sarto (familiarly known as Joseph Sarto) and died on 21 August 1914 at
Vatican City from natural causes aggravated by worries over the
beginning of World War I. Patronages – First Communicants,
Catechists, Pilgrims, 7 dioceses, Patriarchy of Venice. His body is
St Pius was head of the Catholic Church from August 1903 to his death
in 1914. Pius X is known for vigorously opposing modernist
interpretations of Catholic doctrine, promoting traditional devotional practices and orthodox theology. He directed the production of the
1917 Code of Canon Law, the first comprehensive and systemic work of
He was devoted to the Marian title of Our Lady of Confidence, while
his papal encyclical Ad diem illum laetissimum is an encyclical of
Pope Pius X, on the Immaculate Conception dated 2 February 1904, in
the first year of his Pontificate. It was issued in commemoration of
the fiftieth anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
The first reason for Pius to write the encyclical was his desire to
restore all things in Christ, which he had defined as his motto in
his first encyclical letter. It explains the Mariology of Pius X.
He was the only Pontiff to favour the use of the vernacular language
in teaching catechesis and encouraged frequent reception of holy
communion which became a lasting innovation of his papacy. In
addition, he strongly defended the Catholic religion against
indifferentism and relativism. Like his predecessors, he promoted
Thomism as the principal philosophical method to be taught in Catholic institutions. As Pontiff, he vehemently opposed modernism and various 19th-century philosophies, which he viewed as an import of secular
errors incompatible with Catholic dogma.
Pius X was known for his overall rigid demeanour and sense of personal
poverty. He frequently gave homily sermons in the pulpit every week, a
rare practice at the time.[b] After the 1908 Messina earthquake he
filled the Apostolic Palace with refugees, long before the Italian
government acted. He rejected any kind of favours for his family, to
which his close relatives chose to remain in poverty living near Rome.
During his Pontificate, many famed Marian images were granted a
canonical coronation, namely the Our Lady of Aparecida, Our Lady of
the Pillar, Our Lady of the Cape, Our Lady of Chiquinquira of
Colombia, Our Lady of the Lake of Mexico, Our Lady of La Naval de
Manila, Virgin of Help of Venezuela, Our Lady of Carmel of New York
and the Immaculate Conception within the Chapel of the Choir inside
Saint Peter’s Basilica were granted its prestigious honours.
After his death, a strong cult of devotion followed his reputation of
piety and holiness. He was beatified in 1951 and Canonised on 29 May
1954. A grand statue bearing his name stands within Saint Peter’s
Basilica and his birthtown was renamed Riese Pio X after his death.
The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto
became Pius X at age 68. He was one of the 20th century’s greatest
Ever mindful of his humble origin, Pope Pius stated, “I was born poor,
I lived poor, I will die poor.” He was embarrassed by some of the pomp
of the papal court. “Look how they have dressed me up,” he said in
tears to an old friend. To another, “It is a penance to be forced to
accept all these practice. They lead me around surrounded by soldiers
like Jesus when he was seized in Gethsemani.”
Interested in politics, Pope Pius encouraged Italian Catholics to
become more politically involved. One of his first papal acts was to
end the supposed right of governments to interfere by veto in papal elections—a practice that reduced the freedom of the 1903 conclave
which had elected him.
In 1905, when France renounced its agreement with the Holy See and
threatened confiscation of Church property if governmental control of
Church affairs were not granted, Pius X courageously rejected the
While he did not author a famous social encyclical as his predecessor
had done, he denounced the ill treatment of indigenous peoples on the plantations of Peru, sent a relief commission to Messina after an
earthquake and sheltered refugees at his own expense.
St Pius will always be known as the Pope of the Blessed Sacrament. For
he was determined that the faithful should imitate the example of the
earliest Christians. In consequence, he urged the reception of
frequent and even daily Holy Communion for all in the state of
sanctifying grace and of right intention. He insisted that children
be allowed to the Spiritual Banquet prepared by Jesus at an earliest
age and declared that they were bound to fulfil the precept of the
Easter Communion as soon as they reach the age of discretion.
On the 11th anniversary of his election as pope, Europe was plunged
into World War I. Pius had foreseen it but it killed him. “This is the
last affliction the Lord will visit on me. I would gladly give my life
to save my poor children from this ghastly scourge.” He died a few
weeks after the war began.
is the shortest
and the safest
way to heaven.”
--St Pope Pius X
““The daily adoration or visit to the Blessed Sacrament
is the practice, which is, the fountainhead
of all devotional works.”
“The greatest obstacle in the apostolate of the Church
is the timidity or rather the cowardice of the faithful.”
--St Pope Pius X
The true friends of the people are neither the revolutionaries nor the innovators. They are the traditionalists.
--Pope St. Pius X
Now those men, when they had seen what a miracle Jesus had done, said:
This is of a truth the prophet, that is to come into the world. (John
Herein is Saint Paul's conversion memorable:
that it was a triumph over the enemy. When Almighty God would convert
the world, opening the door of faith to the Gentiles, who was the
chosen preacher of this mystery? Not one of Christ's first followers.
To show his power, he put forth his hand into the very midst of the
persecutors of his Son, and seized upon the most strenuous among them.
The prayer of a dying man, Stephen, is the token and occasion of that
triumph which he had reserved for himself. His strength is made
perfect in weakness.
--John Henry Newman