Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Feast of Pope Saint Pius X
Good morning. It is best to keep our sights on the things of God. Jesus quite clearly indicates in today’s Gospel that the things of this world will only get in our way toward getting to heaven. He suggested that unless we are attending to matters of eternal security, then temporal things will offer no real security or peace for us. It seems that we frequently have these things wrong side out. Pope Saint Pius X, whose life we celebrate today, reminds us of the need to be attentive to faith and to actively participate in prayer and the sacraments. We seem to be so anxious and occupied with providing for our temporal security, to the point of often times missing those things for which we are attempting to secure. Pope Saint Pius X suggested that the Eucharist is the surest way of getting to heaven. “Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.” He introduced frequent and daily reception of Holy Communion in his Decree Sacra Tridentina. He likewise expressed great concerns as noted in today’s Gospel for becoming distracted by things of this world and he established norms for the Sacrament of Matrimony: “we must use every means and exert all our energy to bring about the utter disappearance of the enormous and detestable wickedness, so characteristic of our time - the substitution of man for God; this done, it remains to restore to their ancient place of honor the most holy laws and counsels of the gospel; to proclaim aloud the truths taught by the Church, and her teachings on the sanctity of marriage…” Then as now, and as Jesus instructed us in the Gospels, Pope Pius taught that unity and indissolubility of marriage was established “from the beginning.” Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Pope Saint Pius X.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 6:33 AM