Feast of Pope St. Pius X
“We were terrified beyond all else by the disastrous state of human society today. For who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing everyday and eating into its most inmost being, is dragging it to its destruction?… – apostasy from God [1789 revolutionary principle of secularism: separation of the Church and State]…
For in truth, the [nations] have raged… (the kings of the earth stood up, and the princes met together, against the Lord, and against His Christ. Let us break Their bonds asunder: and let us cast away their yoke from us) – Ps. 2.1,2-3; so frequent is the cry of the enemies of God: Depart from us (Job 21.14). And as migt be expected we find extinguished among the majority of men all respect for the Eternal God, and no regard paid in the manifestations of public and private life to the supreme Will…
Verily no one of sound mind can doubt the issue of this contest between man and the Most High. Man, abusing his liberty, can violate the right and the majesty of the Creator of the Universe; but the victory will ever be with God.
…[N]ay, defeat is at hand at the moment when man, under the delusion of his triumph, rises up with most audacity. Of this we are assured in the holy books by God Himself. Unmindful, as it were, of His strength and greatness, He overlooks the sins of men (Wisd. 11.24), but, swiftly, after these apparent retreats, awaked like a mighty man that hath been surfeited with wine (Ps. 77.65), He shall break the heads of His enemies (Ps. 67.22)” (Pope St. Pius X, E Supremi Apostolatus, 4th October 1903).