“I have made a pact with the Lord: when my soul has been purified in the flames of purgatory and deemed worthy to be admitted to the presence of God, I will take my place at the gate to paradise, but I shall not enter until I have seen the last of my spiritual children enter.” ~ St. Pio, from a letter to spiritual daughter Antonietta Pompilio

Prayer to Padre Pio to Become a Spiritual Child

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. Amen.

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.”

“Once I take a soul on, I also take on their entire family as my spiritual children.”

“To my Spiritual Children, my prayers for you will never be lacking.”

“I shall stand at the gates of Paradise until all my spiritual children have entered.”

“If one of my spiritual children ever goes astray, I shall leave my flock and seek him out.”

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)

Rosary with Padre Pio Saturday

1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary

God commands us to love him not to the extent that he deserves it because he knows our limitations and does not ask for something that we can not do, but he commands us to love him in proportion to our strength, our whole soul, our whole mind and all our heart. P/62

2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

May Mary be the Star who will light your path and show you the safe path to reach the Father in heaven. Let her be anchor, which should be held very tight, especially during temptation. D/64

3rd Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

He still loves me and constantly unites me with Himself. He forgot all my sins and only remembers his mercy. Every morning he comes to me and pours all the streams of his goodness into my poor heart. L/70

4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of our Lord

Prayer is the best weapon that we have, it is the key that opens the heart of God. You should speak to Jesus not only with your lips but also with your heart, in certain circumstances you should even speak with your heart alone. P/31

5th Joyful Mystery: Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12

Try to act always according to the will of God in each case and do not be afraid. This is a sure way to reach heaven. D/69

Stories about Padre Pio

“An empty church is better than a profaned one”

Padre Pio spent most of his day hearing confessions. People would come to him from all over the world. As a confessor, Padre Pio wanted people to understand the seriousness of sin. Padre Pio insisted that people dress modestly whenever entering the church to attend Mass or to make their confession. To many, his standards of modesty were considered to be extreme.

As time passed, Padre Pio became even stricter regarding church attire. One priest, who knew of Padre Pio’s rigid standards, told him that he could not insist on such a strict dress code in his parish because he feared that the members of his congregation would become angry and quit.

“An empty church is better than a profaned one,” Padre Pio replied.

“A remarkable blessing”

A woman named Alma De Concini had completely put herself into the Pa­dre’s hands to be led to God; here is her testimony: “Padre Pio was confessing the women and I was in the church at three or four metres from him. That day I definitely would not have had the chance to speak to him, so I spoke to him interiorly, saying: “Father, send me a blessing. I really need one”.

I had just finished expressing my wish when I saw the Saint move from the confessional window grate which hid his face; he looked directly at me and then made the sign of the cross. Then he turned back and bowed his head once more to continue confessing.”

(Testimony of Alma De Concini, Terzolas, Italy, July 23, 1995)

“Let that woman pass”

Mrs Rachele Ricciardi of San Giovanni Rotondo, wished to confess to the Padre. As she had a large family to look after, she had to find a moment when she wasn’t busy. Stealing some moments from her many duties and chores she went up to the friary and joined the queue in front of the confessional. It was before there were booked tickets. People were expected naturally to wait their turn in line. However that morning there were many people and it seemed as if her turn would never come. In fact she waited as patiently as she could but eventually her thoughts raced to preparation of lunch and the other jobs she had to do at home. She de­cided to go back home and as she was about to leave Padre Pio moved the confessional curtain and said to the women in the front: “Let that woman pass”. And so it was that the busy mother had been given the grace to make her confession that morning.

(Testimony of Rache1e Ricciardi, Campitello Matese, Italy December 26, 1998)

“How Padre Pio stopped Allied forces from bombing his monastery during WWII”

In the midst of World War II, Italy was invaded by Nazi Germany and Allied forces made many attempts to liberate the country.

However, at the beginning of the war Padre Pio reassured the people that no bomb would touch their small city. True to his word, Padre Pio reportedly went out of his way to make this happen.

Most remarkable of all were the stories of a “flying monk.”

An American pilot was just about to bomb the city when, “Suddenly, the pilot saw in front of his plane the image of a monk in the sky, gesturing with his arms and hands for the plane to turn back. The shocked pilot did just that, and jettisoned his bombs elsewhere. When he returned to the base and told his story, his commanding officer decided it was best to put this pilot in a hospital under observation for mission-fatigue.”

The pilot couldn’t get the image from his mind and after the war he made inquiries to find this monk. He eventually made the journey to San Giovanni Rotondo and recognized the “flying monk” as St. Padre Pio.

While the accounts might appear to be fictitious tales, what is true is that San Giovanni Rotondo was spared during World War II and multiple pilots reported seeing a “flying monk” in the sky over the spot where they were ordered to unload bombs.

“He no longer needed tools to help him walk; now he could walk on his own”

in 1954, a railwayman fell ill with a strange disease, which immobilized his legs. At the time he was forty-seven-years-old. Without success many different doctors treated him. After two years of treatment, the man was going to have to retire from his work. As the situation got worse, his brother suggested to him to travel to San Giovanni Rotondo, to see the friar there to whom God had given gifts. The man went to San Giovanni Rotondo with his brother’s assistance. In the Church, he met with Padre Pio who said, “Let that railway-man pass!” Remarkably, Padre Pio had never met the man before and he knew he was a railwayman. Padre Pio and the man spoke to each other for a few minutes. Later, Padre Pio put his hand on the man’s shoulder. He consoled and encouraged him with a smile. As soon as the man left Padre Pio, he realized he had been healed. He no longer needed tools to help him walk; now he could walk on his own.

“Go ahead then and kiss it, before I give you a little smack.”

Another woman named Teresa Venezia gives her statement: “After confession I waited in the cloister corridor to be able to kiss his hand as he passed by. When Padre Pio arrived he did not stop near her, so she was unable to kiss his stigmata. She immediately felt very saddened and deeply lamented about this in her heart. Suddenly, the Saint turned back, walked up to her, held out his hand, and like a father with a light smile he gruffly said: “Go ahead then and kiss it, before I give you a little smack.”

(Testimony of Teresa Venezia, Tolve, Italy, October 19,1986)

“See how much glory is being given to God!”

One day while walking with the Pa­dre in front of the friary he noticed that Padre was the object of much affection and devotion from the people. Seeing this, Fr. Durante said to himself: “How can this man resist the temptation of vanity and of feeling pleased with himself’?

He had just finished saying this to himself when the Saint turned towards him, smiled and softly said to him: “See how much glory is being given to God!”.”

(Testimony of Fr. Antonio Durante, born August 7, 1912 and died June 11, 1970. Testimony is given in Genoa by Fr. Riccardo Geminiani, capuchin friar, April 20, 1995.)

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