Friday, July 11, 2014

Pius X: What is the thing we most need, today, to save society?"

"With is deep understanding of the needs of the Church, Pius X often saw things with a most remarkable clarity. An interesting conversation of the Holy Pontiff with a group of Cardinals was reported in the French clerical publication, L' Ami du Clerge.  The Pope asked them: 
Pius X
Jean-Baptiste Chautard
"What is the thing we most need, today, to save society?" 
"Build Catholic schools," said one 
"More Churches," said another.  
"Still no." 
"Speed up the recruiting of priests," said a third 
"No, no," said the Pope, "the MOST necessary thing of all, at this time, is for every parish to possess a group of laymen who will be at the same time virtuous, enlightened, resolute, and truly apostolic." 
Further details enable us to assert that this holy Pope at the end of his life saw no hope for the salvation of the world, unless the clergy could use their zeal to form faithful Christians full of apostolic ardor, preaching by word and example, but especially by example. In the diocese where he served before being elevated to the Papacy, he attached less importance to the census of parishioners than to the list of Christians capable of radiating an apostolate. It was his opinion that shock troops could be formed in any environment. Furthermore, he graded his priests according to the results which their zeal and ability had produced in this regard."

Taken from the book: The Soul of the Apostolate by Jean-Baptiste Chautard

Have a joyous weekend!

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