August 21, 2006

Aug. 21 - St. Pope Pius X - One of My Favorite Saints

  The Modernist Fighter

I really, really like this saintly shepherd, or shepherdly saint.

He was "pastoral" before pastoral became a dirty word. He was a saint for the underdog, the little guy, for the struggling sinner, for the unsophisticated, and for the young. He echoed his Master's saying, "Let the little children come to Me" by moving up the age at which children could first go to Holy Communion.

He also encouraged more frequent reception of the Eucharist, teaching that instead of thinking you have to be perfect in order to receive the Perfect, you receive the Perfect in order to eventually become perfect.

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