THE TRIUMPH OF CHRIST THROUGH THE
Christus vincit, regnat,
imperat; ab omni malo plebem suam defendat.
Christ conquers, He reigns, He commands. May He defend His people from
POPE SIXTUS V had these words engraved on the obelisk which stands
in the center of Saint Peter's Square at Rome. These magnificent words
are in the present
tense, and not in the past, to indicate that Christ's triumph is always
actual, and that it is brought about in the Eucharist and by the
CHRISTUS vincit. Christ
conquers. Our Lord has fought; He has won control of the field of
battle, on which He has planted His flag and pitched His tent: the
Sacred Host and the Eucharistic tabernacle.
He conquered the Jew and his temple, and He has a tabernacle on Calvary
where all the nations come to adore Him beneath the sacramental
He conquered paganism and has chosen Rome, the city of the Caesars, for
His capital. His tabernacle is now in the temple of Jupiter, the god of
He conquered the false wisdom of the sages; as the Divine Eucharist
rose on the world and shed its rays over the whole earth, darkness
withdrew like the shades of night at the coming of day. The idols have
been knocked down and the sacrifices abolished. Jesus Eucharistic is a
conqueror Who never halts but ever marches onward; He wants to subject
the universe to His gentle sway.
Every time He takes possession of a country, He pitches therein His
Eucharistic royal tent. The erection of a tabernacle is His official
occupation of a country. In our own day He still goes out to
uncivilized nations; and wherever the Eucharist is brought, the people
are converted to Christianity. That is the secret of the triumph of our
Catholic missionaries and of the failure of the Protestant preachers.
In the latter case, man is battling alone; in the former, Jesus is
battling, and He is sure to triumph.
CHRISTUS regnat. Christ
reigns. Jesus does not rule over earthly territories but over souls,
and He does so through the Eucharist.
A king must rule through his laws and through the love of his subjects
The Eucharist is the law of the Christian: a law of charity and of
love, which was promulgated in the Cenacle in the admirable discourse
after the Last Supper: "This is My commandment, that you love one
another as I have loved you. If you love Me keep My commandments."
This law is revealed in Communion; the eyes of the Christian are opened
in Holy Communion as were those of the disciples of Emmaus, and he
understands the fullness of the law.
The "breaking of bread" is what made the first Christians so brave in
the face of persecution and so faithful in practicing the law of Jesus
Christ. Erant perseverantes in
communicatione fractionis panis. "They were persevering in the
communication of the breaking of bread."
Christ's law is one, holy, universal, and eternal. It will never change
or be impaired in any way; Jesus Christ Himself, its Divine Author, is
defending it. He engraves it on our hearts through His love; the
Legislator Himself promulgates His Divine law to each of our souls.
It is a law of love. How many kings rule by love? Jesus is about
the only one Whose yoke is not imposed by force; His rule is gentleness
itself. His true subjects
are devoted to Him in life and death; they would rather die than be
disloyal to Him.
CHRISTUS imperat. Christ
commands. No king has command over the whole universe; there are other
kings equal to him in power. But God the Father has said to Jesus
Christ: "I will give Thee all the nations for Thy inheritance." And our
Lord told His lieutenants when He sent them throughout the world: "All
power is given to Me in and in earth. Go and teach ye all
nations, teaching them to keep all that I have commanded you."
He issued His commands from the Cenacle. The Eucharistic tabernacle,
which is a prolongation or replica of the Cenacle, is the headquarters
of the King of kings. All those who fight the good fight receive their
orders from there.
In the presence of Jesus Eucharistic all men are subjects, all must
obey, from the Pope, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, down to the least of
CHRISTUS ab omni malo Plebem suam
Christ defend His people from all evil! The Eucharist is the Divine
lightning-rod that wards off the thunderbolts of Divine Justice. As a
tender and devoted mother presses her child to her bosom, puts her arms
around it, and shields it with her body to save it from the wrath of an
angry father, so Jesus multiplies His presence everywhere, covers the
world and envelops it with His merciful presence. Divine Justice does
not know then where to strike; it dares not.
And what a protection against the devil! The blood of Jesus which
purples our lips makes us a terror to Satan; we are sprinkled with the
blood of the true Lamb, and the exterminating Angel will not enter.
The Eucharist protects the sinner until time for repentance is given
him. Of old, when a murderer was sought by the law, he used to take
refuge in a church, from which he could not be drawn to be punished; he
lived under the protection of the mercy of Jesus Christ.
Ah! Were it not for the Eucharist, for this perpetual Calvary, how
often would not the wrath of God have come down upon us!
And how unhappy are the nations that no longer possess the Eucharist!
What darkness! What a confusion in the minds! What a chill in the
hearts! Satan alone rules supreme, and with him all the evil passions.
As for us, the Eucharist delivers us from all evil.
Christus vincit, Christus regnat,
Christus imperat; ab omni malo plebem suam defendat!
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