Charity does not justify compromise

By Pope Saint Pius X   

"While Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them.

"While He called to Himself in order to convert them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical equality. While He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of obedience. While His heart overflowed with gentleness to the souls of good will, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy burdens without putting out a hand to lift them.


"He was strong as He was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing and teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body. Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lesson and by His example, He traced the path of happiness in heaven: the royal way of the Cross."

Pope St. Pius X
Encyclical Our Apostolic Mandate, (Hawthorne, Vic., Australia: Tenet Books, 1974), pp.21-22


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-4 # Mary Beth Bajis 2012-04-20 20:37
I can never send any comments to you because the letters and numbers will not let me send. Then when it will not let me send it erases my text I typed. So no comments from me any more. I hope you get this one at least.
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+4 # Fr. Robert Grabner 2012-04-21 14:42
Your short, pithy but rich snippets from the treasury of the Church are very helpful for us. Please keep up the good work. Easter Blessings to you & your loved ones!
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+7 # Laurie 2012-04-21 22:26
Couldn't have put it better! We all need to heed the clear and simple words of our last saint-pontiff in these days when people think Christ is just their big buddy (if He exists) who would never really send them to Hell (if it exists). We can't appreciate His mercy properly if we don't believe there is any real danger to be saved from.
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+7 # Maria 2012-04-22 18:43
Thank you, for this post! How it strengthens my soul with fervor for upholding the True the Good and the Beautiful... all of which are attacked,almost, daily, in my presence. Amen! for Pope Pius X!
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+2 # Monique 2012-11-10 20:02
Indeed, Jesus lovingly healed them... But rarely did He send them on their way without telling them to "sin no more."
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