In 1925, Pope Pius XI established the Feast of Christ the King to combat the growth of secular and atheistic thinking around the world. Anyone who believes that humanity would manage just fine without God has already fallen prey to this disturbing philosophy. Much of the brutality that plagues our society is evidenced in the behavior of those who have given God to an insignificant role or no role at all in their lives.
When we kick God out of our lives our world becomes more dangerous and turbulent because we begin to worship the false gods of power, money and fame. In his letter to the Christians, St. James said, “Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice” (James 3:16.) In addition, when we forget God’s Word, there will be a spiritual void in our lives. People will try to fill this emptiness by emulating other people as models and heroes.
Pope Pius XI pointed out that Jesus Christ is King and Lord of our happiness. He said, “Oh, what happiness would be ours if all peoples and nations would let themselves be governed by Christ!”