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Thought for the Day – 21 August – the Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914) – The Pope of the Blessed Sacrament

Thought for the Day – 21 August – the Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914) – The Pope of the Blessed Sacrament

“Restoring all things in Christ”

As always, it was long hours and wholehearted dedication that made it possible for this outstanding priest to meet so many great responsibilities.   A cleric whose room adjoining the canon’s would call out, on hearing Giuseppe moving about late in the night: “Go to bed, Monsignor.   He works ill who works too long.”   “Quite true, Don Francesco,” would come the response.   “Put that into practice; go to bed and sleep well.”

As if he were not already doing far more than enough, Monsignor Sarto chose to give up his evening walk — his only recreation — so that he personally could prepare young boys at the school for their First Holy Communion.   The vice-rector, concerned that the holy man was overworking himself, begged him to leave the task for staff workers who had more time.   “It is my duty,” countered the Monsignor. “Am I not their spiritual father?”   So loving a father was he that, fearing the cold Treviso winters, he had warm cloaks made for the poorer students, paying for them out of his own pocket and enjoining the merchant to keep the matter a secret.

Whether resolving intricate administrative matters or helping a seminarian with a personal problem, Monsignor Sarto’s demeanour was ever that of a humble priest, obediently meeting the obligations charged to him.   What is more, he refrained from wearing the customary purple cassock and pectoral cross of the canon, preferring instead to wear — as he did all his life — the simple garb of a priest. For that office by itself was to Giuseppe Sarto a supreme dignity.

His humble background was no obstacle in relating to a personal God and to people whom he loved genuinely.   He gained his strength, his gentleness and warmth for people from the source of all gifts, the Spirit of Jesus, the most Holy Eucharist and his ever increasing devotion to the Mother of God and of us all.

In contrast, we often feel embarrassed by our backgrounds.   Shame makes us prefer to remain aloof from people whom we perceive as superior.   If we are in a superior position, on the other hand, we often ignore simpler people.   Yet we, too, have to help restore all things in Christ,” especially the wounded people of God.

St Pope Pius X, pray for our Holy Father Francis,

pray for the Church, pray for us all!st-pius-x-pray-for-us-21 aug 2017 no 2


Quote/s of the Day – 21 August – the Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

Quote/s of the Day – 21 August – the Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

is the shortest
and the safest
way to heaven.”holy communion is the shortest and safest way to heaven - st pope pius X 21 aug 2018

““The daily adoration or visit to the Blessed Sacrament
is the practice, which is, the fountainhead
of all devotional works.”the daily adoration or visit to the blessed sacrament = st pope pius X - 21 august 2017

“The greatest obstacle in the apostolate of the Church
is the timidity or rather the cowardice of the faithful.”the-greatest-obstacle-st-pius-x-21 aug 2018

“My hope is in Christ,
who strengthens the weakest
by His Divine help.
I can do all in Him
who strengthens me.
His Power is infinite
and if I lean on Him,
it will be mine.
His Wisdom is infinite
and if I look to Him for counsel,
I shall not be deceived.
His Goodness is infinite
and if my trust is stayed in Him,
I shall not be abandoned.”my hope is in christ - st pope pius X 21 aug 2018

“Let the storm rage and the sky darken —
not for that shall we be dismayed.
If we trust as we should in Mary,
we shall recognise in her, the Virgin Most Powerful,
who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent.”let-the-storm-rage-st-pope-pius-x-21 aug 2017

“Truly, we are passing through disastrous times,
when we may well make our own, the lamentation
of the Prophet: “There is no truth and there is no mercy
and there is no knowledge of God in the land” (Hosea 4:1).
Yet, in the midst of this tide of evil,
the Virgin Most Merciful rises before our eyes,
like a rainbow, as the arbiter of peace
between God and man.”truly, we are passing - st pope pius X - 21 aug 2018

“God could have given us,
the Redeemer of the human race
and the Founder of the Faith,
in another way than through the Virgin
but since Divine Providence has been pleased,
that we should have the Man-God through Mary,
who conceived Him by the Holy Spirit
and bore Him in her womb,
it only remains for us to receive Christ,
from the hands of Mary.”

St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)god could have - st pope pius X - 21 aug 2018


One Minute Reflection – 21 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:23–30 and the Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

One Minute Reflection – 21 August – Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:23–30 and the Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life...Matthew 19:29and everyone who has left - matthew 19 29 - 21 aug 2018

REFLECTION – “Despite all our feelings of woe or of well-being, God wants us to understand and to believe, that we are more truly in heaven than on earth.   Our faith comes from the natural love of our soul and from the clear light of our reason and from the steadfast memory, which we have from God in our first creation.   And when our soul is breathed into our body, at which time we are made sensual, at once mercy and grace begin to work, having care of us and protecting us with pity and love, in which operation the Holy Spirit forms in our faith the hope, that we shall return up above to our substance, into the power of Christ, increased and fulfilled through the Holy Spirit… For in the same instant and place in which our soul is made sensual, in that same instant and place exists the city of God, ordained for Him from without beginning (Heb 11:16; Rv 21:2-3).   He comes into this city and will never depart from it, for God is never out of the soul, in which   He will dwell blessedly without end.”…Julian of Norwich (1342-1430) Mystic & Recluse (Revelations of divine love, ch. 55)

“Catholics are part of the Church Militant.   They struggle and they suffer for the triumph of Christ.   They must never lose sight of their Divine Model, so that their trials will be turned into joy.”…St Pius Xdespite all our feelings of woe - julian of norwich - 21 aug 2018they-struggle-and-they-suffer-st-pope-pius-x-21 aug 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, You filled the saints with strength and courage and gave them the knowledge of unity with You.   Grant, we pray, that in imitation of St Pope Pius X, we may defend the Catholic faith and renew all things in Christ, Your Son.   Help us Holy Father, to follow the example of St Pius and finally inherit eternal life ,with You and all the saints.   We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, aug 2017


Our Morning Offering – August 21 – The Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

Our Morning Offering – August 21 – The Memorial of St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

Prayer for Union with the Holy Spirit
By St Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

O Holy Spirit of Light and Love,
to You I consecrate my heart,
mind and will
for time and eternity.
May I be ever docile
to Your Divine inspirations
and to the teachings
of the Holy Catholic Church
whose infallible guide You are.
May my heart be ever inflamed
with the love of God and love of neighbour.
May my will be ever in harmony with Your Divine Will.
May my life faithfully imitate the life and virtues
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
To Him,
with the Father,
and You, Divine Spirit,
be honour and glory forever.
Amen.prayer-for-union-with-the-holy-spirit-by-st-pope-pius-x-21 aug 2017


Saint of the Day – 21 August – St Pope Pius X (1835-1914) “Pope of the Blessed Sacrament”

Saint of the Day – 21 August – St Pope Pius X (1835-1914) “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 diocese, Patriarchy of Venice.   His body is incorrupt.Papa San Pio X Giuseppe Sarto

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 its kind.AA - POS-F4094_POPESTPIUSX__69693.1526312214

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 of 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 nineteenth-century philosophies, which he viewed as an import of secular errors incompatible with Catholic dogma.Pope_Saint_Pius_X_as_Cardinal_Patriarch

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.0_Statue_de_Pie_X_-_Basilique_St-Pierre_-_Vatican

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 popes.

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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 demand.

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.PopeSaintPiusXst_pius_x_deathbed1914-460pius coffin

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Memorials of the Saints – 21 August

St Pope Pius X (1835-1914) (Memorial)

Our Lady of Knock: Our Lady, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist appeared in a blaze of light at the south gable of Saint John the Baptist Church, Knock, County Mayo, Ireland. They appeared to float about two feet above the ground and each would occassionally move toward the visionaries and then away from them. The Blessed Virgin Mary was clothed in white robes with a brilliant crown on her head. Where the crown fitted to her brow, she wore a beautiful full-bloom golden rose. She was praying with her eyes and hands raised towards Heaven. Saint Joseph wore white robes, stood on Our Lady’s right and was turned towards her in an attitude of respect. Saint John was dressed in white vestment, stood was on Mary’s left and resembled a bishop, with a small mitre. He appeared to be preaching and he held an open book in his left hand. Behind them and a little to the left of Saint John was a plain altar on which was a cross and a lamb with adoring angels. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people. Miraculous healings were reported soon after the area and it is now a major pilgrimage destination. Patronage – Ireland.our-lady-of-knockstatue-of-st-john-the-evangelistour lady of knock - lg

St Abraham of Smolensk
St Agapius of Edessa
St Agathonicus of Constantinople
St Anastasius Cornicularius
St Aria of Rome
St Avitus I of Clermont
St Bassa of Edessa
Bl Beatrice de Roelas
St Bernhard of Lérida
St Bernard de Alziva
St Bonosus
Bl Bruno Zembol
St Camerinus of Sardinia
St Cameron
St Cisellus of Sardinia
St Cyriaca
St Euprepius of Verona
St Fidelis of Edessa
Bl Gilbert of Valenciennes
St Gracia of Lérida
St Hardulph
St Joseph Nien Vien
Bl Ladislaus Findysz
St Leontius the Elder
St Luxorius of Sardinia
St Maria of Lérida
St Maximianus the Soldier
St Maximilian of Antioch
St Natale of Casale Monferrato
St Paternus of Fondi
St Privatus of Mende
St Quadratus of Utica
St Sidonius Apollinaris
St Theogonius of Edessa
Bl Victoire Rasoamanarivo
St Zoticus the Philosopher

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Joan Cuscó Oliver
• Blessed Joan Vernet Masip
• Blessed Pedro Mesonero Rodríguez
• Blessed Pere Sadurní Raventós
• Blessed Ramon Peiró Victori
• Blessed Salvador Estrugo Salves