Quotes from Padre Pio tell how he looked after and loved his spiritual family.
- “I love my Spiritual Children as much as my own soul, and even more.”
- “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.”
- “I shall stand at the gates of Paradise until all my spiritual children have entered.”
- “Once I take a soul on, I also take on their entire family as my spiritual children.”
Prayer Text: O Saint Padre Pio, holy bearer of the Wounds of Christ, accept us this day as your spiritual sons and daughters and keep us always on the narrow path by your intercession. And do thou, O our Spiritual Father, stay there at the Gates of Heaven until all of your spiritual children have entered through, even and including us. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Dear Padre Pio, I recall your promise to the Lord, “Lord, I will stand at the gates of heaven until I see all my spiritual children have entered.”Encouraged by your gracious promise, I ask you to accept me as a spiritual child and to intercede for my prayer requests (Here state your petitions) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Padre Pio Letters
Before uniting myself to Jesus in the morning through the Eucharist, my heart feels drawn by a power from above. I have such a hunger and thirst for him before receiving him that I am almost breathless…. However, as soon as I am satisfied after I receive him in the Eucharist, my hunger and thirst grow even more intense. After I am already in possession of the Highest Good, then at that very moment the fullness of sweetness becomes so great that I almost have to say to Jesus, “Enough! I cannot bear it anymore.” I almost forget that I am still on earth, and my mind and heart desire nothing more. (To Fr. Benedetto of San Marco in Lamis, April 29, 1911)
How good the Lord is to everyone! But how much more does he demonstrate that goodness to those who have a genuine and sincere desire to please him in everything and await the fulfilment of his divine purposes in them! Learn to recognise and worship God’s will even more concerning all human events. Often repeat the divine words of our dearest Master: “Thy will be done, / On earth as it is in heaven” [Matthew 6:10]. May this lovely prayer always be in your heart and on your lips in all the circumstances of your life. Repeat these words when you are afflicted; repeat them when you are tempted and when you undergo trials that Jesus sends you. Repeat them even when you are engulfed in the ocean of Jesus’ love. That prayer will be your anchor and your salvation. (To Annita Rodote, February 6, 1915)
Joy is the offspring of charity. But to be perfect and genuine, joy requires peace as its inseparable companion. Peace is produced in us when the good that we have is in fact the highest good and is assured to us. Now, isn’t God the highest good that the soul loves, and in loving him, doesn’t the soul possess him? In addition to being the highest good, the good that we possess needs to be securely ours. Now, the divine Master assures us, “No one will take your joy from you” [John 16:22]. What more solid testimony can there be than that? Realizing all this, the soul cannot help but feel completely content. This is what makes a person able to face the most bitter contradictions of life with a cheerful heart. (To Raffaelina Cerase, October 23, 1914)
The souls that are most afflicted are the favorites of the divine heart, and you can be sure that Jesus has chosen you to be the darling of his adorable heart. You must hide yourself in this heart. You must pour out your desires into this heart. Live whatever days providence allots you within this heart. Die in this heart at the time it pleases the Lord. I have placed you in this heart, for it is within this heart that you live and move and have your being. (To the Campanile sisters, May 31, 1918)
“O delightful intimacy, O blessed companionship! Oh, if only all men knew how to understand and appreciate this very great gift that God, in the excess of His love for men, has assigned to us this celestial spirit! Recall frequently his presence: you ought to fix your mind’s eye upon him. Thank him, pray to him. He is so finely mannered, so discreet: respect him. Have continual fear lest you offend the purity of his gaze.
Invoke frequently this (your) Guardian Angel, this benefactor angel. Repeat often the beautiful prayer: “Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom the heavenly Father’s bounty entrusts me here; enlighten me, guard me, guide me now and forever.” How great, my dear Raffaelina, will be the consolation, when, at the hour of death, your soul will see this angel, who is so good, who has accompanied you throughout your life, who was so ample in his maternal care! Oh that this sweet thought may make you, may render you continually more fond of the Cross of Jesus! This is namely what your good angel desires! ? May the desire to see this inseparable companion of your entire life enkindle in you that charity which moves you to desire soon to leave the body.
Oh, what a holy and salutary thought it is to see this our good angel! It is this aspiration, namely, that should make us escape ahead of time from this dark prison in which we are detained. O Raffaelina, where are my thoughts flying to now? How many times, alas, have I made this good angel weep! How many times have I lived without the least fear of offending the purity of his regard! Oh, he is so finely mannered, so discreet. My God, how many times did I respond to the ample, more than maternal care of this good angel without any sign of respect, affection or acknowledgment! It is this thought that presently rather fills me with confusion: alas — hear this and be horrified — such is my blindness that I feel no remorse at this. And what is worse still, I treat this dear little angel, I do not say as a friend, but as a member of my family. And to tell the truth, this dear angel is not the least offended at being treated like this by me. How precious he is, how good!” (To Raffaelina Cerase 1914-1915, Letter 64)
May Jesus comfort you
in all your afflictions.
May He sustain you in dangers,
watch over you always with His grace,
and indicate the safe path
that leads to eternal salvation.
And may He render you
always dearer to His Divine Heart
and always more worthy of Paradise. Amen.
Lord, God of my heart,
You alone know and see all my troubles.
You alone are aware that all my distress
springs from my fear of losing You,
of offending You, from my fear of not loving You
as much as I should love and desire to love You.
If You, to whom everything is present
and who alone can see the future,
know that it is for Your greater glory
and for my salvation that I should remain
in this state, then let it be so.
I don’t want to escape from it.
Give me the strength to fight
and to obtain the prize due to strong souls.
Oh my Jesus, give me Your strength when my weak nature rebels against the distress and suffering of this life of exile, and enable me to accept everything with serenity and peace. With my whole strength I cling to Your merits, Your sufferings, Your expiation, and Your tears, so that I may be able to cooperate with You in the work of salvation. Give me strength to fly from sin, the only cause of Your agony, Your sweat of blood, and Your death. Destroy in me all that displeases You and fill my heart with the fire of Your holy love and all Your sufferings. Clasp me tenderly, firmly, close to You that I may never leave You alone in Your cruel Passion. I ask only for a place of rest in Your Heart. Amen.
O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church. Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to heavenly glory. May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us as You desire for your greater glory. O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father.
O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of heaven and Refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart. We consecrate to you our very being and our whole life; all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To you we give our bodies, our hearts and our souls; to you we give our homes, our families, our country. We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to you, and may share in the benefits of your motherly benediction. (…)
Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus. Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall, let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus and our Mother. Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed Homeland, where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You. Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness. (…)
Angel of God, my guardian, to whom the goodness of the Heavenly Father entrusts me. Enlighten, protect and guide me now and for ever. Amen.
O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of …… (here name your request)
Beloved St. Pio of Pietrelcina, you have had the signs of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ on your body. You have carried this stigmata for everyone, enduring both the physical and mental sufferings that racked your soul and body in a continual sacrifice. We beg you to pray for us, so that we will be able to accept both the little and the larger crosses we too must bear during our life on earth and to offer these sufferings to God, assuring us a place with him in Eternal Life.