It was Padre Pio da Pietrelcina’s feast day, yesterday, September 23. 40 years after his death, Padre Pio looks like this.
A Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years. Among his other gifts were perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science. More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world.
I love this because it is a wonderful example of the power of being transformed into by the Holy Spirit. It is such a sign of hope for all of us. A visible sign of what it actually means to live in, with and through the Holy Spirit. It is not just words or theology but an in the flesh experience, sharing in the life of Christ.
Padre Pio quotes
“Don’t allow any sadness to dwell in your soul,
for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from entering freely.”
“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. ”
“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 only speak to Him with your heart.”