AND OUR TIMES
A Remedy for Present-Day Evils
Pius XI, whose far-seeing vision so correctly discerned the needs
and the evils of the times, once said to Father Mateo during a private
audience: "We are living the darkest hour that mankind has lived since
the deluge." However, in a hopeful tone he immediately added: "But the
Church has a wonderful hope, the greatest hope: We are living in its
the hour of the Sacred Heart!" ---- And
that hour, says Father Mateo, will be glorious in the measure that
Chris becomes in souls, in homes, in institutions and in countries, the
Rex regum ---- the
King of kings.
cannot be denied that the evil of the present times lies principally
in the family, the cell of human society. If there is to be any hope of
betterment, families, one by one, must be restored to Jesus
must be renewed by His Divine Spirit. And the more complete and secure
the reign of Christ over families, the more secure will be His reign
society and over nations.
check the ungodly spirit of our age and to offset its evil
the Popes of modem times have emphatically expressed their wish that
families consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They have
requested that individuals, families and nations frequently renew the
of consecration and foster perfect devotedness to this royal, adorable
St. Pius X adopted as his maxim: "To restore all things in Christ."
Pope Benedict XV exhorted all Catholic nations to seek peace and
in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pope Pius XI renewed this act of
at the close of the Jubilee Year of 1925, when instituting the Feast of
Christ the King, and issued two encyclicals ---- One
in 1928 and the other in 1932 ---- urging
the necessity of reparation and love. He commanded that a solemn act of
reparation be made to our Redeemer on the feast of the Sacred Heart
year, in all the churches of the world, "to make amends for our sins
to compensate for the violation of the rights of Christ, our Sovereign
King and most loving Lord."
Pius XII, in his very first encyclical, dedicated his reign to
the Sacred Heart of Jesus and declared that " At the head of the road
leads to the spiritual and moral bankruptcy of the present day stand
nefarious efforts of not a few to dethrone Christ . . . In the
of the royal prerogatives of Christ . . . lies the only way to
salvation." ---- "Summi
Pontificatus," N.C.W.C., p. 10.
the world must once more begin to believe in the Divinity of Jesus
Christ, in the true and substantial presence of, Christ among us in the
Holy Eucharist, in the dominion of the Sacred Heart. The Enthronement
an efficacious means to bring about this renewal of faith and love.
nations, families, religious communities and individual souls dedicate
themselves wholly to the Heart of Jesus, devote themselves to Him
then will the declaration of the Heart of Jesus be realized: "I will
despite Satan and his accomplices."
Enthronement of Jesus means dethronement of Satan. The solemn
of the rights and claims of the One means the formal renunciation of
despotism and tyranny of the other.
spread of the Enthronement in the families of so many countries,
and the wonderful fruits it has produced everywhere, is a proof that
work is destined by Divine Providence precisely as a remedy for our
According to the desire of the Supreme Pontiffs, the veneration of the
Sacred Heart should not be limited to the church, but should be carried
into every family circle, in order that home life may be effectively
in the true Catholic sense. This should be a powerful aid in the
of Christ's kingdom on earth.
religious spirit cannot but permeate the family in which the Sacred
Heart reigns as King. Such a family will fearlessly and openly profess
its faith; it will love and obey the Pope and the Church, and will be a
shining example for other families. "When churches are closed, when the
image of the Crucified is taken from the school, the family remains the
providential and, in a certain sense, impregnable refuge of Christian
" Summi Pontificatus," p. 38.
an increased love for our Eucharistic Lord will come also a more
tender and filial love for Mary, His Blessed Mother, who will prove
the loving and compassionate Mother and Queen of the family.
Feast of Our Lord Jesus
the close of the Jubilee Year of 1925, Pope Pius XI designated the
last Sunday of October to be observed annually as the Feast of Our Lord
Jesus Christ, King. When instituting this feast, he issued an inspiring
encyclical on the Kingship of Christ and His rights, both human and
to reign over mankind. He repeated the declaration made in an earlier
that the deluge of evils by which mankind was oppressed had flooded the
world because so many mortals had put Jesus Christ and His holy law out
of their ordinary life, their domestic relations and public affairs;
that the hope of a lasting peace among nations and states would never
so long as individual men and states denied and excluded the empire of
with the hope that by this means human society might hasten
its return to the most loving Savior, and that the peace of Christ
be restored in the kingdom of Christ, the Holy Father instituted this
observance of the Kingship of Our Lord.
his encyclical the Holy Father benevolently acknowledged that the
work of the Enthronement had done much to prepare the minds and hearts
of Catholics for the feast of Christ the King.
Mateo, whose motto during all the years of his laborious apostolate
was: THY KINGDOM COME! rejoiced greatly upon the institution of this
Recognizing that his own work had prepared the way for a deeper
of the feast, he affirmed: "I do not think that I am wrong in saying
a few years ago the feast of Jesus Christ, the King, would not have had
the social weight it will now enjoy, for then it would have lacked the
foundation of those thousands, nay, millions, who have enthroned their
Lord in the family and have consecrated all its members to the Sacred
before the institution of the feast he had written to the Holy
Father: "If liturgically and officially this feast is a new one, the
which it involves has been practiced for some time past in many
thanks to the work of the Enthronement."
the spirit of the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart is in perfect
harmony with the spirit of the feast of the Kingship is shown by the
quotations from the encyclical:
[Our Lord] must reign over the human. mind, whose duty it is to
adhere steadfastly and firmly and in perfect submission to the truths
and to the doctrine of Christ. He must reign over the will, which must
obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign over the soul, which,
giving up all lust, must love God above all and cling to Him alone. He
must reign over the body and limbs, which are a means to the
of the soul."
what blessings we should enjoy if individuals and families and
states would allow themselves to be governed by Christ! 'Then, at
to use the words of Our Predecessor, Leo XIII, 'it will be
to heal wounds; then every right will again be held sacred; then will
be shattered and weapons fall from hands, when all shall accept
and obey the empire of Christ, and every tongue confess that the Lord
Christ is in the glory of God the Father.' "
then, this holy work, so admirably designed for the accomplishment
of the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, so highly recommended by
supreme authority of the Church and so salutary for the reform of
through the sanctification of families, continue to grow and expand
the sublime purpose conceived by its founder in the beginning has been
CONQUER THE WHOLE
WORLD FOR THE HEART OF
JESUS, HOME AFTER HOME, FAMILY