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“It Is Useless To Expect A Person Without Formation To Fulfill His Christian Duties.”

The above quote has been attributed to St. Pius X, whose memorial the Church celebrates today. One of ten children, he was born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto in 1835 in a small town in Northern Italy. Ordained to the priesthood in 1858, Father Sarto served as a parish priest in Tombolo. He became a bishop in 1884 and was made a cardinal in 1893. On August 4, 1903, he was elected pope, taking the name Pius X. The motto of his pontificate was “Instaurare Omnia in Christo” (To restore all things in Christ).

St. Pius X was known for his efforts to promote the truths of the Faith. He worked tirelessly to correct doctrinal misunderstandings and educate Catholics in the true teachings of the Church. This led to his promulgation of a catechism and the revision of the Code of Canon Law. Realizing the sacramental benefits of the Eucharist, he recommended that the faithful receive Holy Communion daily. He died on August 20, 1914 and was canonized on May 29, 1954.

Let us ask this holy man to intercede for us, as there is a still a great ignorance of the Faith among Catholics. Through his intercession, we pray that we will be able to learn and share the true teachings of our Catholic Faith. We should also follow the advice of “The Pope of the Blessed Sacrament” and receive Holy Communion daily if possible. By doing so, we will receive the grace that we need to become more like Christ.

St. Pius X, pray for us!

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