|The following thoughts are not direct quotes. They are taken from Padre Pio’s letters to Padre Benedetto. Since Padre Pio speaks of himself and his experiences during his strange illness before his ordination (Aug.10,1910) and after, I adapted his words to speak to us rather than about him The (PB) are quotes from Padre Benedetto’s letters to Padre Pio. Since we celebrate Padre Pio’s feast day this month, I thought it more appropriate to use phrases that Padre Pio used referring to himself and his own state of soul and spiritual needs, and direct those words, as best possible, to ourselves. The letters are all from 1910: March 14, April 18, May 26, June 20, July 6, 29, August 17, September 4, Sept. ?, October 1.|| 1 |
Draw good from humiliations (allowed) by the Lord
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Thank God for the strength he gives you to bear your difficulties.
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God’s will be done!
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Recommend others to the Lord in your prayers, especially during holy Mass.
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Silently adore and kiss the hand of the one who strikes you, for he is the one who strikes with one hand and consoles with other
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May all be for the glory of Jesus!
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How could we live if we were to fail even for a single (day) to receive Jesus?
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Thank the Blessed Mother through whose intercession we receive so much strength from God.
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Feel greater confidence in God rather letting fears and anxieties overwhelm you.
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We should prefer death rather than deliberately offend such a good God.
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Remember that the closer a soul draws to God the more it is harassed by the enemy. (PB)
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I exhort you to holy resignation in the midst of the storms. (PB)
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May the divine plan be accomplished in me as long as it is for the glory of our dear Jesus.
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The merciful Lord hastens to our aid when trials seem the worst and like a loving Father, he consoles and encourages us.
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I feel more prepared to meet (anything) which may come, as long as it is a matter of pleasing Jesus.
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The devil cannot refrain from efforts to make us lose our peace of soul…laugh at all this (and have confidence in the Lord).
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With God’s help, always have a spirit of gratitude.
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Jesus does not fail, every now and then, to speak within us.
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How good Jesus is to me!
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(The goodness of Jesus for me) is a happiness for which I can find no comparison.
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When the world wearies and weighs upon you, desire nothing else than to love and suffer (with resignation).
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May your heart throb in harmony with the heart of Jesus.
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What a consolation it is to know almost with certainty that one possesses Jesus.
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Trust in divine Providence that you may not fall into the tempter’s snares.
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Even when Jesus seems to hide from you,…that is not abandonment, but the tricks of his love.
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Do nothing other than what the Holy Spirit desires to accomplish in you. (PB)
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Abandon yourself to his (Holy Spirit’s) transports and have no fear. (PB)
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Thank Jesus for the strength and courage he sends in the midst of difficulties and trials.
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Be happy, for the Jesus makes his presence known even in the midst of trials.
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Pray everyday for the gift of patience.
Sunday:Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, loving father, you bore the visible wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ on your body. You carried the Cross for all humanity. In bearing the physical and moral sufferings that continually tortured your body and soul you became a martyr of love for all people. We beg you to intercede for us with our Almighty Father that we may have the courage to accept the great and small crosses of life that transform individual suffering into a sure link that leads us to eternal life.
Monday:Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, holy father, you now live with our loving Father and God Jesus Christ. You grew in holiness and resisted the seductions of the Evil One. You were physically beaten by the infernal spirits of evil who sought to force you to leave the road to holiness that you had chosen to follow. Pray for us to God that through your intercession and in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we may find the spiritual courage to renounce sin and be strengthened in faith until death.
Tuesday:Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, virtuous father, you loved Our Blessed Mother very much. You were gifted every day with the graces and comforts that only She can give. We beg you to pray for us to our Heavenly Mother and place our sins and petitions in Her hands. As at Cana in Galilee, may She intercede for us that Her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, may hear Her prayers on our behalf and inscribe our names in the Book of Life.
Wednesday:Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, chaste father, you taught us to love our Guardian Angel as you loved yours so much. Your Guardian Angel was your constant companion, guide, defender and messenger. The Angels even brought the prayers of your spiritual children to you. Since they are a presence of the Living God who help to avoid the disgrace of sin and are always ready to indicate the road that leads us to goodness and keep us from evil, pray that we too may learn, as you, to appreciate the ministry of our Guardian Angels and speak to them that we may be receptive to their inspiration and learn to obey them at all times.
Thursday:Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, prudent father, you loved the Souls in Purgatory so much and taught us to love them as well. You offered yourself as a victim to expiate their sufferings in Purgatory. Intercede for us with Our Lord and God Jesus Christ that our hearts may be filled with compassion and love for the Holy Souls. Following your example, we too desire to assist the Holy Souls and reduce their time of affliction in Purgatory. We ask that our prayers and sacrifices may grant them relief in their sufferings, the holy indulgences necessary to liberate them from their place of torment and a speedy entrance into the eternal joys of heaven.
Friday:Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, obedient father, your loved the sick and infirm more than yourself because in them you saw Jesus. In the name of God you performed miracles of healing in body, soul and mind. Your intercession with God healed the ills of past and present and strengthened people to respond with confidence to future challenges. Those who came to you regained a sense of spiritual integrity as you re-kindled hope in their lives, and encouraged them to renew the spirit in their hearts. Through the intercession of Our Heavenly Mother, may we experience your powerful assistance and be healed in our bodily and spiritual needs, and gratefully give praise and thanks to God for all his blessings.
Saturday:Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, holy father, you fulfilled the salvation plan of God and offered yourself as a victim to free all people from their bondage to Satan. Pray for us to God. Intercede for all those people who have no faith, that they cooperate with God’s gifts and grow in a strong and sincere faith, and thus be converted to the Lord, through a sincere and heartfelt repentance of their sins. May those whose faith is weak grow strong in their Christian life, and may the faithful children of God continue with greater commitment on the road to salvation.
Closing Prayer:Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, pure father, you loved your Spiritual Children very much. How many of your children were acquired at the price of your blood! Pray that we who have not known you personally, may also be numbered among your Spiritual Children. Through your fatherly protection, saintly guidance and the spiritual strength you gain for us from God, at the moment of our death may we encounter you waiting for us at the Gates of Paradise. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, humble father, you truly loved our Holy Mother the Church. Ask God, the Lord of the Harvest, to send laborers into His vineyard. May He fill the world with many and holy priests who are filled with the strength and inspiration that comes only from God. Intercede for us with the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, that she may lead to unity all our brothers and sisters who call upon Jesus, as Lord and Savior. May they find their unity in the one great family of God in Christ on earth, so that the Church may be a beacon of light and sure hope of salvation in the storm-tossed sea of life.
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.