Saint for the Day - May 5 - St. Pius V
A Dominican friar from
his fifteenth year, Michael Ghislieri, as a simple
religious, as inquisitor, as bishop, and as
cardinal, was famous for his intrepid defence of the
Church's faith and discipline, and for the spotless
purity of his own life. His first care as Pope was
to reform the Roman court and capital by the strict
example of his household and the severe punishment
of all offenders.
He next endeavored to obtain from the Catholic
powers the recognition of the Tridentine decrees,
two of which he urgently enforced—the residence of
bishops, and the establishment of diocesan
seminaries. He revised the Missal and Breviary, and
reformed the ecclesiastical music. Nor was he less
active in protecting the Church without. We see him
at the same time supporting the Catholic King of
France against the Huguenot rebels, encouraging Mary
Queen of Scots, in the bitterness of her captivity,
and excommunicating her rival the usurper Elizabeth,
when the best blood of England had flowed upon the
scaffold, and the measure of her crimes was full.
But it was at Lepanto that the Saint's power was
most manifest; there, in October, 1571, by the holy
league which he had formed, but still more by his
prayers to the great Mother of God, the aged Pontiff
crushed the Ottoman forces, and saved Christendom
from the Turk.
Six months later, St. Pius died, having reigned but
six years. St. Pius was accustomed to kiss the feet
of his crucifix on leaving or entering his room. One
day the feet moved away from his lips. Sorrow filled
his heart, and he made acts of contrition, fearing
that he must have committed some secret offence, but
still he could not kiss the feet. It was afterwards
found that they had been poisoned by an enemy.
Saint for the Day - St. Pius V
Read about the Saint for today - May 5 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Thy cross, O Lord, is the
source of all blessings, the
cause of all graces: by it the
faithful find strength in
weakness, glory in shame, life
in death."—St. Leo.
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