Saint Pope Pius X makes us Pious

Personal Note: this week, there are exciting things going on in my life as God continues to form/develop me.  So I felt a need to share right now that I am a sinner with a long ways to go still and that God is merciful to be blessing me and giving me opportunities to grow in the faith and to help share the faith.  I’m trying.  #sometimesOneStepBackAndHopefullyTwoStepsForward

On the vigil of the feast day of Saint Pope Pius X, let’s have a looksie at his life. There are sooooooooooooo many epic facts from his life such as:

Holy Communion

He lowered the youngest age of first communicants from 14 to 7.

He also made Holy Commmunion available daily instead of a few times a year before he made the change.

He also said,

“Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.”

Modernism

He saw a rising in the Church of modernists during his time. (But we get much still have this problem today hence my going old school theme to help combat modernism)  Quick definition of modernism for those who aren’t familiar with it: It essentially means that 1) things of the past are no longer relevant or meaningful and 2) only new or “modern” things matter.  So Saint Pius X wrote the Encyclical Pascendi dominici gregis or “On the Doctrines of the Modernists.”. So don’t be a chronological snob a.k.a. modernist.  #dontBeThatGuy #oldThingsMatterToo. Fun Fact: C.S. Lewis had to overcome modernism in order for him to convert from agnosticism to Christianity.  Fun Fact #2: C.S. Lewis is the man who called modernism a form of chronological snobbery.

Gregorian Chant

He promoted Gregorian Chant!  Although, he allowed modern music in church as long as they met certain criteria, Saint Pius X was clear about his belief that Gregorian Chant was the ideal form of music to bring about sanctity, holiness, and piety!   In fact, he called Gregorian chant,

“the supreme model of all sacred music.”

Fun Fact: St. Pius X established an institute of sacred music in Rome in order to train teachers in Gregorian Chant.

Spirit of Poverty

He had a heart for the poor. He was born poor and chose to live in the spirit of poverty. He did not like the dress he was made to wear as a Pope so he said,

“It is a penance to be forced to accept all these practices. They lead me around surrounded by soldiers like Jesus when he was seized in Gethsemani.”

Humility

Saint Pius X did not think he was called to be a Pope because we considered himself so unworthy #theCloserYouAreToGodTheMoreYouAreAwareOfYourSins
But when he got the sufficient amount of votes, he said, “Fiat Voluntas Tua”, which means “thy will be done.” #thatsWhatMarySaidToo
By the way, St. Pius X considered it a sign from God to accept the papacy as that day was also the feast day of St. Dominic (St. Pius X had a special heart for the Dominicans as he was close to joining them early in life but ultimately felt called not to #maybeFeltUnworthyForThatToo?)

Rosary

Saint Pius X, in promoting the rosary, granted an indulgence whenever a person said the following Marian prayer composed by Blessed Hyacinth Cormier, Master of the Dominican Order from 1904 to 1916. #MostBeautifulPrayerYouveEverHeard #rosaryHelpsWithPiety

“O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy rosary may be me each day, in the midst of my manifest duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.”

Latin word of the day: Pius is the Latin word for PIOUS! That’s probably why he chose this for his papal name and it’s definitely evident from his life!

Saint Pope Pius X, pray for us!

Going old school,
Mike Panlilio

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