13 September 2007

Faithful laymen to renew the faith

While meeting with a group of Cardinals, Pope St. Pius X asked them, "what is the thing we most need, today, to save society?" One replied, "build more Catholic schools," another, "more churches," still "No." "Speed up the recruiting process for priests answered a third." "No, no," said the Pope. "The MOST necessary thing of all, at this time, is for every parish to possess a group of laymen who will be at the same time virtuous, enlightened, resolute, and truly apostolic." He saw no hope for the salvation of the world unless the clergy could use their zeal to form faithful Christians full of apostolic ardor, preaching by word and example, but especially by example.

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