Filed under: Papal Quotes
One hundred years ago St. Pius X, whose feastday it is today, was well aware of the struggle between the Christian and the State and wrote about it in an aptly named encyclical letter entitled Une Fois Encore (Once again). Today his words could be applied to our own struggle between those who want to excise God from state and culture and those who know that God is the author of all that exists. (The Culture of Life vs. The Culture of Death).
“Recourse to God, so infinitely good, is all the more necessary because, far from abating, the struggle grows fiercer and expands unceasingly. It is no longer only the Christian faith that they would uproot at all costs from the hearts of the people; it is any belief which lifting man above the horizon of this world would supernaturally bring back his wearied eyes to heaven. Illusion on the subject is no longer possible. War has been declared against everything supernatural, because behind the supernatural stands God, and because it is God that they want to tear out of the mind and heart of man.
The war will be bitter and without respite on the part of those who wage it. That as it goes on, harder trials than those which you have hitherto known await you is possible and even probable. Common prudence calls on each of you to prepare for them. And this you will do simply, valiantly, and full of confidence, sure that however fiercely the fight may rage, victory will in the end remain in your hands.” Points 4 and 5
St. Pius X, Une Fois Encore, Encyclical letter on the Separation of Church and State in France, January 6, 1907
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