Thought of the day
8/23/2020 5:44:45 AM

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time


Saint Pius X

Pope from 1903 to 1914

Encyclical "Iuncunda sane" (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

The unshaken Church

We feel Ourself perfectly safe on the rock of Holy Church. (…) Supernatural force has never (…) been found wanting in the Church, nor have Christ's promises failed; (…) nay, they are endowed with even greater force for Us after having stood the test of centuries and so many changes of circumstances and events. Kingdoms and empires have passed away; peoples once renowned for their history and civilization have disappeared; time and again the nations, as though overwhelmed by the weight of years, have fallen asunder; while the Church, indefectible in her essence, united by ties indissoluble with her heavenly Spouse, is here today radiant with eternal youth, strong with the same primitive vigor with which she came from the Heart of Christ dead upon the Cross. Men powerful in the world have risen up against her. They have disappeared, and she remains. Philosophical systems without number, of every form and every kind, rose up against her, arrogantly vaunting themselves her masters, as though they had at last destroyed the doctrine of the Church, refuted the dogmas of her faith, proved the absurdity of her teachings. But those systems, one after another, have passed into books of history, forgotten, bankrupt; while from the Rock of Peter the light of truth shines forth as brilliantly as on the day when Jesus first kindled it on His appearance in the world, and fed it with His Divine words: "Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass" (Mt 24:35). (…) Wherefore, (…) turn your steps towards this unshaken rock upon which Our Savior founded the Universal Church, so that the path of him who is sincere of heart may not be lost in devious windings.