May 5 - Saint Pius V
He worked as a shepherd as a child because, although he wanted to be a priest, his parents were very poor. Someone learned of his good qualities and offered him a scholarship. Pius joined the Dominicans and once ordained a priest, he was dedicated to defending the faith against common errors of the 16th century. He was elected Pope in 1566 and although he wanted to resist, the insistence on the part of the college of cardinals was great. Pius’ simple life and of prayer did not change when he became a Pope. He fled from the vice in his era, which was nepotism, in other words, to grant positions to family members. St. Pius V sought to make Rome a peaceful and Christian city.
Would it go to your head if you were given a promotion or position of importance, or would you continue to live simply?