Feastday September 23
We know him as Padre Pio.
Even as a child, Francesco had already shown signs of
At the age of five, he dedicated his life to God.
The young Francesco was able to see and communicate
Once a woman who noticed his spiritual demeanor asked him,
Brother Pio's love of prayer greatly inspired the other novices.
To his spiritual children he would say, "It seems to me as if Jesus
Padre Pio had a great love for our Blessed Mother
When asked asked what legacy he wished to leave to his spiritual children,
Throughout his entire life, he suffered from poor health,
Two years after his ordination he asked of his spiritual director
permission to offer his life as a victim for sinners.
God endowed Padre Pio with many extraordinary graces
When questioned about these extraordinary gifts,
He would rise at 2:30 am to begin his prayers
Between Mass and confessions, his workday lasted 19 hours.
In his monastery in San Giovanni Rotondo,
The prayer groups that Padre Pio established
He saw the image of Christ in the poor, the suffering, and the sick
Padre Pio enetered in to eternal life on September 23, 1968
Padre Pio was canonized by Pope John Paul II on 16 June, 2002.
St. Padre Pio's whole life might be summed up
A Prayer to Padre Pio
Beloved Padre Pio, today I come to add my prayer
Padre Pio, may the healings of the sick
Prayer After Communion
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Text: Thanks in part to excerpts from padrepiodevotions.org