“His look, his word, his whole being express three things: goodness, firmness, faith. Goodness was the man himself; firmness was the leader; faith was the Christian, the priest, the pontiff, the man of God.” —Chapter VII, “Characteristics of Pius X”
Memories of St. Pius X is a charming firsthand story of a brilliant Pope at work. It offers an intriguing behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Vatican as well as a portrayal of papal power as exerted by a saint.
In an era of compromise, St. Pius X was a model of principle. He firmly defended holy heritage against modernist encroachment and fought increasing dangers to the Faith. He did it, however, with humility, tenderness, and concern for souls. His legacy is one of superhuman bravery combined with charity—firmness founded on kindness. This extraordinary Pope actually lived up to his slogan, “To restore all things in Christ.” His heroic example still inspires today.
“Give me souls and take everything else.” —Cardinal Merry del Val