Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 5 May

Pope Saint Pius VSaint Pius V, Pope, Confessor, O.P.

Saint Pius was born at Bosco in 1504 and received the habit of Saint Dominic at the age of fourteen. The heroic virtues which he acquired during his religious life and the talents which were discovered in him, despite the extraordinary care he took to conceal them through humility, caused him to be appointed successively professor, preacher, inquisitor, bishop, cardinal and finally Pope. On the throne of Saint Peter he distinguished himself by his zeal for the reform of the sacred liturgy and by his love of justice, which rendered him superior to personal influence and courageous in maintaining the law, and by his energy in the struggle against the enemies of the Church, especially the Mahomedans. In memory of the victory of Lepanto, which was gained over them more by his prayers than by the bravery of the Christian soldiers, he instituted the solemn feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and added to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin the invocation “Auxilium Christianorum.” He set himself to fight against his choleric temperament and to outrage and insult him was the way to gain his favor. Saint Teresa knew of his death by revelation and exclaimed: “My Sisters, weep with me, for the Church is widowed of her holy Pastor.” (1572)

Prayer

“O most merciful God, visit often your vineyard which the savage beast seeks to destroy; protect those whose office it is to cultivate it and give them the victory.” (Saint Pius V)

Practice

Offer all your prayers and sacrifices of this day for the success of Catholic undertakings.