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St. Pio of Pietrelcina

For Catholics and non-Catholics alike, the spiritual and physical phenomena which smother the life of Padre Pio draws the best interests of immense proportions. But for many others and certainly for the Church herself, it is the intrepid excellence of this humble male that seduces and engenders. His life is one lived in full obedience to the virtues of prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice.

Born to a simple family in Pietrelcina, Italy in 1887, Francesco Forgione was put under the protection of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, at his baptism. He connected Francis’ line-up at the age of 15 and was ordained a priest in 1910. Shortly after his ordination, Padre Pio began to experience the invisible stigmata, which was soon followed by other peculiar knacks that astounded even “the worlds largest” skeptical of adherents. Countless lives were proselytized by the grace of these remarkable charisms — bilocation, prophetic seeings, regenerating, read of shames — and the stigmata, which he suffer with a tranquilize style, yet digested with great interior and occult suffering.

Three years to the day from receiving the invisible weaves of Christ, the deep, brutal, and unpleasant distinguishes of the stigmata became evident on his body and abode with him until his death. Doctors estimated that he may have lost a cup of blood every day during the course of its 50 years he carry the curves. Millions of people came to see Padre Pio because of these evident manifestations of holiness on his hands, feet and back. But his real virtue sounded in his nature while listening to millions of admissions over his lifetime. From around the world and from all accompanies of life, parties aimed him for counseling. The inadequate, in particular, contained a special place in his soul. His spiritual penetration and his merciful lead proselytized even the more difficult of sinners.

His example of long hours in prayer and musing, vigilant fasting, and a life of interior and exterior digest reminds us of the Passion of Our Lord and the exaltation of the Cross. In Pope John Paul II’s homily at Padre Pio’s canonization, he said,” Our time needs to rediscover the value of the Cross in order to open the heart to hope. Throughout his[ Padre Pio’s] life, he ever tried greater acting in accordance with the Crucified, since he was very conscious of having been called to collaborate in a special way in the work of redemption. His holiness cannot be understood without this constant reference to the Cross .”

Wanting to be remembered as nothing more than a” inadequate friar who cried ,” Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968. Following his death, the tortuous wounds that were a part of his life for over half a century faded from his flesh without even a blemish. He was beatified on May 2, 1999, and canonized June 16, 2002. After Fatima and Lourdes, San Giovanni Rotondo, the locale of the isolated monastery where St. Pio lived most of his life and where his tomb remains, is more inspected site for those in search of healing, hope, and renewal.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Musings to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

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When a soul does everything possible and trusts divine mercy, why would Jesus accept such a spirit? If you have given and venerated everything to God, why be afraid?

— From the writings of St. Padre Pio

The evil one seeks to discourage us through fright. But, as St. Pio reminds us, God announces us to rely. What one fear is the evil one sowing in my soul to discourage me? What does St. Pio recommend that I do? I will do it now and ask the intercession of St. Pio.

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