Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 25 November |
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

This is the most effective way to transform society, according to St. Pius X

WOMEN,PRAYING,MASS

Shutterstock

Philip Kosloski - published on 09/10/18

Homilies and apologetics can do nothing without this key element.

Christians have lived in various countries throughout the world and many times in history they were able to transform an entire culture.

How did they do that? What can we learn from them?

French Trappist monk Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard wrote about the key element that Christians used to convert nations in his popular book The Soul of the ApostolateIn particular, he relates a conversation cardinals had with Pope Pius X.

The Pope asked them:“What is the thing we most need, today, to save society?”“Build Catholic schools,” said one.“No.”“More churches,” said another.“Still no.”“Speed up the recruiting of priests,” said a third.“No, no,” said the Pope, “the MOST necessary thing of all, at this time, is for everyparish to possess a group of laymen who will be at the same time virtuous, enlightened, resolute, and truly apostolic.”

It is the personal witness of the Gospel that is most effective at transforming society. Chautard explains this idea through the following excerpts from his book.


JOHN MERKLE

Read more:
American missionaries find success spreading the Gospel in Ireland and Europe


MAN,SPIRITUAL,READING

Read more:
Quickly examine your spiritual life with these powerful reflection questions

Tags:
CultureSpiritual Life
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
Luz Ivonne Ream
What’s the secret of this couple’s 64 years o...
Giuseppe Moscati
Larry Peterson
A volcano, a plague, a war: This doctor-saint...
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio's favorite prayer of petition
CHRIST THE KING
Edifa
Why do we say that "Christ is King"?
CHRISTMAS AD
Cerith Gardiner
This heartwarming TV ad focuses on what reall...
FATHER RANIERO CANTALAMESSA
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Pope's preacher won't become a bishop though ...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.