Feast of St Pius X
Fr Paul reads today’s Gospel from Matthew (22: 34-40) where Jesus is questioned by the Pharisees about which is the greatest commandment.
Fr Paul says that today we celebrate the life of St Pius X, who was born in the village of Riese near Venice in Italy. He was one of ten children born into a very poor family.
Pius was ordained a priest at the age of 23 and went on to become Bishop of Mantua and then Bishop of Venice. He was elected Pope against his wishes in 1903. In his time as Pope, he sought to restore all things in Christ.
Pius insisted on a separation of Church and State. He revised the code of Canon Law, which is the law that governs the Church, and he founded an institute for scriptural studies.
Even when Pope Pius lived in great poverty, he preached sermons in the courtyard of the Vatican to anyone who would listen to him. The request for his canonisation started immediately after his death in 1914. It was said that he died of a broken heart due to the outbreak of World War I.
Today, Fr Paul invites us to remember and celebrate the life of St Pius X