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Born Joseph Melchior Sarto on June 2, 1835, this remarkable man described himself in his will, “I was born poor, I lived in poverty, I wish to die poor.” His place of birth was the little village of Riese in Upper Italy. His parents had nine other children, two of whom died as infants. When the father, a cobbler, died, the mother supported herself and the children by the work of sewing and the products of the small farm. Joseph Sarto after attending high school went on to the seminary at Padua and was ordained September 1858.
He was successively village curate in Tombolo where he instituted a night school for adults, a parish priest in Salzano, chancellor of the Diocese of Treviso, then Bishop of Mantua and finally Cardinal Patriarch of Venice in 1893. After ten years, he was elected Pope to succeed Leo XIII. As Pope, he labored for the renovation of the Christian spirit in keeping with his motto, “To restore all things in Christ.”
Amon the outstanding works of his pontificate was the permission for children to approach the Eucharist at a tender age, and the general encouragement given to all with the proper dispositions to go to daily Communion. From his tender years, throughout his Papacy and unto his dying hour, his life of deep inner prayer reflected in his countenance and won the reverence and affection of all.
His life as Pope lasted until 1914 when at the outbreak of the World War which he had foreseen, he went peacefully to his reward. At once, he was revered by priests and people alike as a saint. Finely, the almost universal acclaim of his holiness brought his beatification through the usual process in 1951 and he was canonized by Pope Pius XII on May 29, 1954.
Reflection. — Our Christian life is centered about the Eucharist. If we bring Holy Communion the spirit of piety of Saint Pius X, this source of grace will be for us a veritable tree of life, providing health, nourishment and strength for our souls.
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk
Have regard, O Lord, to Thy covenant, and forsake not to the end of souls of Thy poor: arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause, and forget not the voices of them that seek Thee. Ps. 73, 1. O God, why hast Thou cast us off unto the end: why is They wrath enkindled against the sheep of Thy pasture? Glory be …
Almighty, eternal God, grant us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may deserve to attain what Thou dost promise, make us to love what Thou dost command. Through our Lord.
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Galatians.
[The Spirit, and the blessing promised to Abraham cometh not by the law, but by faith.]
BRETHREN, To Abraham were the promises made and to his seed. He saith not, And to his seeds, as of many: but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. Now this I say, that the testament which was confirmed by God, the law which was made after four hundred and thirty years, doth not disannul, to make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise. But God gave it to Abraham by promise. Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions, until the seed should come, to whom he made the promise, being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not of one: but God is one.
Was the law then against the promises of God? God forbid. For if there had been a law given which could give life, verily justice should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise, by the faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to them that believe.
Have regard, O Lord, to Thy covenant, and forsake not to the end of souls of Thy poor: arise, O Lord, and judge Thy cause: remember the reproach of Thy servants.Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 89, 1. Lord, Thou hast been our refuge, from generation to generation. Alleluia.
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[Lessons of avoiding scandal and of the efficacy of faith. The ten lepers. The manner of the coming of Christ.]
At that time, as Jesus was going to Jerusalem, he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain town, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off; And lifted up their voice, saying: Jesus, master, have mercy on us. Whom when he saw, he said: Go, shew yourselves to the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were made clean. And one of them, when he saw that he was made clean, went back, with a loud voice glorifying God.
And he fell on his face before his feet, giving thanks: and this was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering, said, Were not ten made clean? and where are the nine? There is no one found to return and give glory to God, but this stranger. And he said to him: Arise, go thy way; for thy faith hath made thee whole.
In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped: I said, Thou art my God, my times are in Thy hands.
Look with favor upon Thy people, O Lord, look with favor upon their gifts; that, being appeased by this oblation, Thou mayest give us pardon and grant us what we ask. Through our Lord.
Thou hast given us, O Lord, bread from heaven, having in it all that is delicious, and the sweetness of every taste.
Having received Thy heavenly sacraments, O Lord, we beseech Thee that we may profit unto the increase of everlasting salvation. Through our Lord.