It is! Because today is the feast of one of my patron saints…
Yep, that’s right, it’s the feast of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, also known as Padre Pio! As y’all know, he’s one of my favorite saints in the whole canon. So, who wants to hear his story?
Francesco, named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, was born to Giuseppa and Grazio Forgione, peasant farmers, in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. From his childhood, it was evident that he was a special child of God. Francesco was very devout even as a child, and at an early age felt drawn to the priesthood. He became a Capuchin novice at the age of sixteen and received the habit in 1902. Francesco was ordained to the priesthood in 1910 after seven years of study and became known as Padre Pio.
On September 20, 1918, Padre Pio was kneeling in front of a large crucifix when he received the visible marks of the crucifixion, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of Church. The doctor who examined Padre Pio could not find any natural cause for the wounds. Upon his death in 1968, the wounds were no longer visible. In fact, there was no scaring and the skin was completely renewed. He had predicted 50 years prior that upon his death the wounds would heal. The wounds of the stigmata were not the only mystical phenomenon experienced by Padre Pio.
The blood from the stigmata had an odor described by many as similar to that of perfume or flowers, and the gift of bilocation was attributed to him. Padre Pio had the ability to read the hearts of the penitents who flocked to him for confession which he heard for ten or twelve hours per day. Padre Pio used the confessional to bring both sinners and devout souls closer to God; he would know just the right word of counsel or encouragement that was needed. Even before his death, people spoke to Padre Pio about his possible canonization. He died on September 23, 1968 at the age of eighty-one. His funeral was attended by about 100,000 people. (From Catholic Online)
Now it’s time for quotes. I love quotes, don’t you?
“Do not let temptations frighten you; they are the trials of the soul whom God wants to test when He knows that he is strong enough to sustain the battle and weave his garland of glory with his own hands.”
“Doubting is the biggest insult to Divinity.”
“Come out of anxiety, because it is one of the greatest deceivers of true virtue and sound devotion.”“Do not allow the sad spectacle of human injustice to disturb your soul.”
“Do not allow the sad spectacle of human injustice to disturb your soul.”
“For your daily transgressions, humble yourself, humble yourself, always humble yourself.”
“Don’t expect to be recompensed for your goodness.”
“My past, O Lord, to Your mercy; my present, to Your love; my future to Your providence.”
‘Joy, with peace, is the sister of charity. Serve the Lord with laughter. ”
“The longer the trial to which God subjects you, the greater the goodness in comforting you during the time of the trial and in the exaltation after the combat.”
“Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart.”
“If you have the courage to imitate Mary Magdalene in her sins, have the courage to imitate her penance!”
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”
“Keep close to the Catholic Church at all times, for the Church alone can give you true peace, since she alone possesses Jesus, the true Prince of Peace, in the Blessed Sacrament.”
“In order to attract us, the Lord grants us many graces that we believe can easily obtain Heaven for us. We do not know, however, that in order to grow, we need hard bread: the cross, humiliation, trials and denials.”
“Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”
“Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces”
St. Padre Pio, Pray For Us!!!
Love to all!