Pius X (1836-1914) was both adored and abhorred during his papal reign. He promoted frequent Communion and spirituality for laypeople. But he also condemned many secular ideas that were influencing Catholicism—influencing for the better, many thought—such as trade unions and democratic decision-making. There’s no denying Pius X’s commitment to poverty, though. He chose to be buried in a simple tomb and wrote, “I was born poor, I have lived poor, and I wish to die poor.” In remembrance, do something today for the poor.
Judges 2:11-19; Matthew 19:16-22 (419)
“He went away sad, for he had many possessions.”