Feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. Pio of Pietrelcina is still more commonly and affectionately addressed as simply, “Padre Pio.”

I remember I was first “introduced” to Padre Pio by a stack of very old magazines that my grandmother gave me.  I read biography after biography and personal testimonies of people who had received miracles, great and small, through his intercession.  The more I “got to know” this man, the more I loved him and was in awe of the great works the the Lord did through him.

He was extraordinary in his holiness, but also in that he bore the wounds of Christ, he could “read souls” and had the gift of bilocation among many other special gifts.

Today, I thank God for the gift of Padre Pio.  I leave you with a few quotes from this humble priest:

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry.  Worry is useless.  God is merciful and will hear your prayer.  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 speak to Him only with your heart.

Our Lord sometimes makes you feel the weight of the cross. This weight seems unbearable but you carry it because in His love and mercy, the Lord helps you and gives you strength.

Charity is the measure by which Our Lord judges all things.

“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.”

A pure soul is synonymous with a heart full of love of God.

I love my Spiritual Children as much as my own soul and even more.  Once I take a soul on, I also take on their entire family as my spiritual children.

To my Spiritual Children, my prayers for you will never be lacking.  If one of my spiritual children ever goes astray, I shall leave my flock and seek him out.

And the Litany of Padre Pio

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Virgin Immaculate, pray for us.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Beloved of God, pray for us.
Imitator of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Good shepherd of the people, pray for us.
Model for priests, pray for us.
Light of the Church, pray for us.
Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Faithful son of St. Francis, pray for us.
Marked with the stigmata of Jesus, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Helper of the dying, pray for us.
Director of souls, pray for us.
Heart of gold, pray for us.
Apostle of mercy, pray for us.
Worker of miracles, pray for us.
Consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
Lover of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Helper of souls in doubt and darkness, pray for us.
Comforter of the sick, pray for us.
Example of humility, pray for us.
Source of wisdom, pray for us.
Mirror of the divine life, pray for us.
Lover of Jesus Crucified,
Resigned to the will of God, pray for us.
Doing good upon earth, pray for us.
Filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice, pray for us.
Our help and hope in all our needs, pray for us.
Vessel of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Leading us to Christ, pray for us.
Our spiritual father and advocate, pray for us.
Crowned with glory in Heaven, pray for us.

God our Father,  You helped St. Pio to reflect the
image of Christ through a life of charity and self-sacrifice.
May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of
St. Pio of Pietrelcina and by imitating his selfless love.

Don’t forget to got over to Charlotte’s for her Padre Pio coloring page and you can read a really neat story about how Padre Pio interceded on behalf of a small child.


About becomewhatyouare

Catholic, Middle-Aged, Knitting-Addicted, Wife, Homeschooler, Mom of 6, Mom-in-Law to 1, Mother of 11 little saints, Grandma to 1, Godmother to 12, Foster Mom to 5, Army mom, Happily living in Texas!
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4 Responses to Feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

  1. Dawn says:

    I’m so ashamed. My parish is new and had been meeting in elementary schools until last year when the gym for their future school was built. We meet in that gym now (although the school isn’t finished and the gym does look churchish right now) and the church is going to built on site. It will be a Shrine to St. Padre Pio and I know little about him.

  2. mum6kids says:

    We love Padre Pio in this family. He is my oldest son’s Confirmation saint and therefore on the family Litany list and one of my babies lost to m/c was named for him.

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