Saturday, September 23, 2006
Happy Feast Day Saint Padre Pio
(You can hear and pray with Saint Padre Pio below.)
Happy Feast Day Saint Padre Pio!
Saint Padre Pio is a Saint who has become very dear to me. I did not know much about him, but began a devotion to him many years ago when a holy card with him and a prayer for his cause for canonization was given to me. I began praying that prayer and learning more about him.
Eventually he was beatified, and then canonized. By Divine Providence of being in Italy at the time, and the brotherly help and perseverance of Father Clement, O.S.B. (who was studying in Roma and waited in line to get tickets to the canonization), I was able to be present at the canonization. As you can see here:
It was an awesome experience. You could really sense the union of the Church Triumphant and the Church Militant rejoicing in the Canonization Mass. It also felt like I was seeing the fruits of my puny labors (united with so many others' prayers) in praying for his canonization. Deo grátias!
My love of Saint Padre Pio had grown as I learned of his intense love for our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
I chose these two photos of him because of how focused he is on Christ. I often don't even focus on all his mystical gifts of the stigmata, bilocation, reading souls, etc. I am always drawn to his spiritual union with Christ and Mary and, again, his intense love of the Real Presence. I have placed myself under his protection to help guide me in my life and to seek God's Will above all else. He is one of my "big three" patrons, along with Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Benedict.
I found a few really great links of audio of Saint Padre Pio on the web. We usually only get to see artists renditions of Saints, but to actually have real photos of Saint Padre Pio is a blessing, but to actually hear the Saint is very cool. So, have a listen. (He does have a bit of an accent with his mix of Italian and his local dialect).
Say the Angelus with Saint Padre Pio in Latin.
The Our Father in Latin with Padre Pio.
You should be able to finish it :)
... sed líbera nos a malo. Amen.