"...if you wish... to save the religion of your ancestors it is of the first importance that you show a large degree of courage and generosity."
-St. Pius X
"And now We turn to you, Catholics of France, asking you to receive Our words as a testimony of that most tender affection with which We have never ceased to love your country, and as comfort to you in the midst of the terrible calamities through
(Image of St. Pius X with his Military Guard)
will have to pass. You know the aim of the impious sects which are placing your heads
under their yoke, for they themselves have proclaimed with cynical boldness that they are determined to "deCatholicise" France. They want to root out from your hearts the last vestige of the faith which covered your fathers with glory, which made your country great and prosperous among nations, which sustains you in your trials, which brings tranquillity
and peace to your homes, and which opens to you the way to eternal happiness. You feel that you must defend this faith with your whole souls. But be not deluded--all labor and effort will be useless if you endeavor to repulse the assaults made on you
without being firmly united. Remove, therefore,
any causes of disunion that may exist among you. And do what is necessary to ensure that your unity may be as strong as it should be among men who are fighting for the same cause, especially when this cause is of those for the triumph of which everybody should be willing to sacrifice something of
his own opinions. If you wish, within the limits of your strength and according to your imperious duty, to save the religion of your ancestors from the dangers to which it is exposed, it is of the first importance that you show a large degree of courage and
generosity. We feel sure that you will show this generosity; and by being charitable towards God's ministers, you will incline God to be more and more charitable toward yourselves." (Pius
X, Vehementer Nos -On the French Law of Separation, Feb. 11, 1906)
"Foundations of our
Faith Based on the Successor of Peter"
Blessed be St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles!