Saint Padre Pio


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Inspired by Pope Benedict VX call for Christians to pray for the end of the war, Padre Pio offered himself as a victim for the end of the war. He then recalled having a vision where Christ appeared and pierced his side. He experienced intense pain, and fellow friars noted that Padre Pio looked as if he had died, and was constantly weeping for the next few days. However, on 20 September , he again experienced the wounded Christ come to him. But, this time his pain was taken away and Padre Pio now felt a profound religious ecstasy.

But, his stigmata wounds returned and remained permanent throughout the next 50 years.

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I am afraid I shall bleed to death if the Lord does not hear my heartfelt supplication to relieve me of this condition. Will Jesus, who is so good, grant me this grace? Will he at least free me from the embarrassment caused by these outward signs? I will raise my voice and will not stop imploring him until in his mercy he takes away, not the wound or the pain, which is impossible since I wish to be inebriated with pain, but these outward signs which cause me such embarrassment and unbearable humiliation. Although Padre Pio sought to keep his stigmata private, his experience became increasingly well known.

From , people increasingly came to visit this extraordinary Friar.

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People started to attribute to him divine gifts, such as levitation, miracle healings, prophecy and the ability to survive on little food and sleep. Others claimed he was able to appear in two places at once bilocation. Padre Pio became well known for his very long masses. He would frequently slip into long contemplative pauses in between various parts of the service.

When asked to shorten mass, Padre Pio replied. How many followers from around the world. Was it because he was a philosopher, a scholar, or because he had means at his disposal? No, it was because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from morning until night and was a marked representative of the stigmata of Our Lord.

He was truly a man of prayer and suffering. He loved to pray the rosary and encouraged other people to do the same.

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Padre Pio was in the tradition of mystics who sought union with God. He felt through prayer and meditation, the soul could be brought into union with God. All I can say of this low res onepresent state is that my soul has no concern for anything but God. My usual manner of praying is this: I no sooner begin to pray than my soul becomes enveloped in a peace and tranquillity that words cannot describe. All I can say about this prayer is that my soul seems to be completely lost in God and that in those moments it gains more than it could in many years of intensive spiritual exercises.

He habitually practised mortification in order to gain the virtue of temperance, in keeping with the Franciscan style. He was temperate in his attitude and in his way of life. Conscious of the commitments which he had undertaken when he entered the consecrated life, he observed with generosity the vows he had professed. He was obedient in all things to the commands of his Superiors, even when they were burdensome. His obedience was supernatural in intention, universal in its scope and complete in its execution. He lived the spirit of poverty with total detachment from self, from earthly goods, from his own comfort and from honours.

He always had a great love for the virtue of chastity. His behaviour was modest in all situations and with all people. He sincerely thought of himself as useless, unworthy of God's gifts, full of weakness and infirmity, and at the same time blessed with divine favours. From his youth, his health was not very robust, and especially in the last years of his life it declined rapidly. Sister Death took him well-prepared and serene on 23 September at the age of eighty-one. An extraordinary gathering of people attended his funeral. But why? Perhaps because he was a philosopher?

Because he was wise? Because he had resources at his disposal? Because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was — it is not easy to say it — one who bore the wounds of our Lord. Even during his lifetime, he enjoyed a vast reputation for sanctity, because of his virtues, his spirit of prayer, sacrifice and total dedication to the good of souls. In the years following his death, his reputation for sanctity and miracles grew steadily, and became established in the Church, all over the world and among all kinds of people. God thus showed the Church his desire to glorify on earth his faithful servant.

In a short time the Capuchin Order took the steps prescribed by canon law to begin the Cause of Beatification and Canonization. The Archbishop of Manfredonia was thus enabled to introduce the Cause and set up the informative process His mother described him as a quiet child who, from his earliest years, loved to go to church and to pray.

As a young boy, he was able to see and communicate with, not only his guardian angel but also with Jesus and the Virgin Mary. In his simplicity, Francesco assumed everyone had the same experiences. Was it at your first Holy Communion? He was admired by his fellow-students as well as by his Superiors for his exemplary behavior and his deep piety. Whenever I saw him, he was always humble, recollected, and silent.

What struck me most about Brother Pio was his love of prayer. On August 10, , at the age of twenty-three, Padre Pio was ordained to the priesthood. The celebration of the Holy Mass was for Padre Pio, the center of his spirituality. Due to the long pauses of contemplative silence into which he entered at various parts of the Holy Sacrifice, his Mass could sometimes last several hours. Everything about him spoke of how intensely he was living the Passion of Christ. His parishioners were deeply impressed by his piety and one by one they began to come to him, seeking his counsel. For many, even a few moments in his presence, proved to be a life changing experience.

As the years passed, pilgrims began to come to him by the thousands, from every corner of the world, drawn by the spiritual riches which flowed so freely from his extraordinary ministry. Padre Pio is understood above all else as a man of prayer.

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He prayed almost continuously. His prayers were usually very simple. He loved to pray the Rosary and recommended it to others. When he speaks or is spoken to, we are aware that his heart and mind are not distracted from the thought and sentiment of God.

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