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 given them the victory.
– Pope St. Pius V
St. Pius was born at Bosco in 1504 and received the habit of St. Dominic at the age of fourteen. Possessing a choleric temperament, he set himself to fight against its weaknesses, such as a quick temper and lack of patience. In this fight, to outrage and insult him was to win his favor. The heroic virtues he acquired during his religious life, as well as his talents were eventually discovered, despite the extraordinary care he took to hid them through humility. These virtues and talents caused him to be successively appointed professor, preacher, inquisitor, bishop, cardinal and finally Pope.
As pope, 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. He was also noted by his energy in the struggle against the enemies of Christendom, in particular the Mahomedans, who were continually attacking and threatening to swallow Europe. In memory of the victory against the Mahomedans at Lepanto, which was gained 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” (“Help of Christians”).
St. Teresa knew of his death by revelation and exclaimed: “My Sisters, weep with me, for the Church is widowed of her holy Pastor” (1572).
Today, let us offer all our prayers and sacrifices for the protection and work of the Christian faithful.
Pope St. Pius V, pray for us!