Conquest of the World is Had by Knowledge of God!
Just as in the material order, there is no real
substitute for hard work, so also the same is true in
the supernatural order.
"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy"
(Psalms 125) - which means that trying to plant the
right things in the right way can be painful work, but
it will bring great joy in the end.
Likewise, our faith is a great gift, but for that faith
to take root in us, we must work it, that is we must
study it and seek to put into practice that which we
have understood. St. John reminds us that
"this is the victory which overcomes the world, our
Faith" (1 John 5:4).
While today people pride themselves on human knowledge
and natural talents, they often overlook the more
important knowledge; the science of the Saints, the
study of the Faith. Such people fall into the trap that
Our Lord wanted to warn us about, when He tells us not
look for treasures in this world, but to store our
treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6).
Sacred Scripture reminds us that "Knowledge
is a fountain of life", "A wise heart shall acquire
knowledge", "Choose knowledge rather than gold"
(Proverbs). But the precious knowledge that the
Bible speaks of is not a knowledge of human things, but
a knowledge of God:
"All men are vain, in whom there is not the knowledge of
God" (Wisdom 13).
"If you shall look for wisdom, and seek wisdom like you
seek money, and dig for wisdom like you dig for a
treasure: then you shall find the knowledge of God"
Today there is hardly anybody who truly seeks and digs
for the knowledge of God - is it surprising, then, that
so few souls are saved? Ignorance is truly a curse and
yet it is precisely this evil that the enemies of our
faith rely upon to accomplish so much harm to souls and
the world. For this reason the Archbishop often warned
the clergy: "Unless you continue to study your faith,
you will end up betraying Our Lord". Yes, for our
knowledge of God is intimately linked with our
Our holy Patron St. Pius X reminded us of this saying:
"It is a common complaint, unfortunately too well
founded, that there are large numbers of Christians in
our own time who are entirely ignorant of those truths
necessary for salvation. We refer not only to the masses
or to those in the lower walks of life, but also those
especially who do not lack culture or talents and,
indeed, are possessed of abundant knowledge regarding
things of the world but live rashly and imprudently with
regard to religion. Our Predecessor, Benedict XIV, had
just cause to write: 'We declare that a great number of
those who are condemned to eternal punishment suffer
that everlasting calamity because of ignorance of those
mysteries of faith which must be known and believed in
order to be numbered among the elect'". How many and how
grave are the consequences of ignorance in matters of
religion! Acerbo Nimis.