September 2005

Triumph of the Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows (Mary Co-Redemptrix)
St. Pio of Pietrelcina  

We adore you most holy Lord Jesus Christ and we praise, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world. We glory in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through him we are saved and made free...God our Father, in obedience to you, your only Son accepted death on the cross for the salvation of all humanity. We acknowledge the mystery of the cross in our life. May we receive the gift of redemption in heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever. Amen.
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We should think less of ourselves and believe others better than we
2     1st  Friday
True humility of heart is felt and lived, more than it can be demonstrated
3      1st Saturday
Don't allow the sad spectacle of humanity's injustice affect your inner peace
Only truly serious matters can trouble a strong and generous heart.
The Lord slowly reveals to us who we really are.
Humility and charity go together. One glorifies and sanctifies the other
You have built badly. Destroy and rebuild well.
Never be pleased with yourself. Everything comes from God.
Ask Jesus for humility, trust, and faith
God will always give us more than we deserve.
Wait: your turn will arrive.
Peace is a prelude to eternal happiness.
If you want to sow seed, then sow seed in a good field.
In the spiritual life it is necessary to move forward, never backward.
  Be patient in bearing your imperfections.
If the boat stops moving, the wind will send it back
One who does not meditate is like someone who never looks at him/herself
Continually thank God that you are a child of the Church
The Cross must be our daily bread
P. Pio receives Stigmata (1918)
Moderate your impulses and set your conscience right
Anxiety is vain and useless.
Don't afflict yourself to the point of losing your inner peace
Death of P. Pio (1968) - Feast Day
Resign yourself to drink the chalice of Gethsemane.
Remember that Jesus redeemed us on Calvary.
We must die to ourselves if we are to be clothed in Christ.
Life without the love of God is worse than death.
The human soul is the battleground between God and satan.
Humble yourself and pray. In this way you will surely find God.
Be constant in doing good and fight your defects.
Have faith, constancy and perseverance


St. Pio of Pietrelcina, spiritual father of countless souls who seek a deeper relationship with God in their lives, I thank God for the gift He has given His Church in you. You are the image for our modern world of His Crucified Son and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Through your resignation to the Father's Will in your life, often manifested through the decisions of the Church and your religious superiors, teach us humility that we may be among those humble souls to whom the Eternal Father, through His Incarnate Son Jesus, promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, through your love and concern for those who suffer in mind and body, teach us to recognize with the eyes of faith the face of our Lord Jesus Christ Who makes Himself known in the poor and suffering.
Through your resignation and trust in God during the painful struggle you were asked to bear, support and assist us in times of trouble and trial.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, through that ministry of the confessional for which you were known and through which many returned to the Father's love, encourage us to trust unlimitedly in the graces of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to experience the joy of forgiveness in sincerely returning to the loving embrace of the Father should we succumb to temptation and fall into sin.

Death, judgement and eternity are drawing near. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way, for that I need You. It is getting late and death approaches. I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need you, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, through the faithfulness with which you bore the sacred marks of the Passion of our Savior on your body during your earthly journey, strengthen us by your example to bear in our hearts and accept in our lives the life-giving mystery of the Passion-Death-Resurrection of Jesus.  

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, through that childlike confidence and love you fostered and encouraged for the Mother of all God's children, Mary ever-Virgin, teach us filial love and devotion for, and confident recourse in the almighty intercession of Mary, the Mother of the Lord and our Heavenly Mother, that through Her intercession we may more easily approach the Savior, through Whom the Father calls us to Himself.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, through the concern and commitment with which you attached yourself spiritually to all those who sought you as spiritual guide, accompany us at every moment on our earthly pilgrimage towards heaven. There we hope one day to contemplate the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, our God Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

(At the end of each day's brief prayer, say the following )
V - May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
R - Through it the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.
V - You bore the wounds of Christ on your body.
R - That we might learn the value of the Cross
V - Pray for us St. Pio of Pietrelcina
R - That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray:

Almighty and eternal God, by a singular grace you allowed your priest, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, to participate in the mystery of the Cross of your Son, and through his ministry, you revealed the marvels of your mercy. Grant that through his intercession we may remain one with Christ in his Passion so as to joyfully attain the glory of the Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows (Co-Redemptrix)

O Holy Mother of Jesus Crucified, pray that I may reflect upon His Passion and be every grateful for His love. You felt and saw His sufferings more than all the others who were present, because you contemplated it not only with the eyes of your body and soul, but with a Mother's heart for a beloved child.

O Holy Mother, grant that I may stand with you near the Cross; permit me to contemplate with you the Passion of your Jesus, and to have a share in your sorrow and tears, a share in your trust and love.

O Holy Mother, impress deeply in my heart the wounds of the Crucified; permit me to bear the difficulties of life with patience, trust, and total confidence in the Father all-providing care.

O Holy Mother, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina loved you with a childlike love and sought your almighty intercession in his life. As a Spiritual Child of so holy a child of God, I ask you to accept me as your child, though unworthy, and protect me. Accompany my every step and protect me from all evil. Lead me to Jesus, that in the Spirit of the Lord, I may enter the Father's loving embrace forever. Amen.