During his papacy Pius X strove to raise sacred music to a more reverent and spiritual level. He worked to reform the Roman Curia, proposed the codification of canon law and oversaw improvements in the Divine Office, otherwise known as the Liturgy of the Hours.
At the end of his life, Pope Pius X’s final struggle was for peace. Although he always championed the human rights and dignity of mankind, especially in the areas of religious freedom and justice, in his last weeks his prayers, speeches, writings and suffering were singularly focused on maintaining peace in Europe and throughout the world.
With his wisdom and tender heart for suffering humanity, St. Pius X left his mark on the world. He showed himself to be a pastor—a spiritual father—and a brother and friend, as well.
His motto was “Instaurare omnia in Christo”—“To restore all things in Christ.” Throughout his life, his efforts were always directed toward this great goal, and this is what his legacy continues to foster. For individuals, for the Church and the world, Pius X remains a shining example of what is means to be a priest and a father.
In our families today, in our Church and most certainly in our world, we need strength and courage to fight the falsehoods all around us, the weakening of faith and the lack of knowledge of Christ and His teachings. We must in humility recognize that we are helpless in this struggle without God’s grace. With the example of Pope Pius X before us, we should seek to restore all things in Christ: in our homes, workplaces, schools and media. His goal is still the answer for our times, one hundred years after his death.
May St. Pius X pray for us, pray for our Church and our world in this our time of need.
Sr. M. Michele Jascenia, SCMC
is a religious with the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church and resides at their Holy Family Motherhouse in Baltic, Ct. She is an elementary school teacher and a freelance writer.