September 2008

Mary, Co-Redemptrix - Triumph of the Cross - Padre Pio

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 Try as best you can to be faithful to God in your vocation as his chosen (child). 2 I remind you of balance, patience and (gentleness). 3 Quell your excessively vivacious and ardent actions ... I donít know why you are so apprehensive. 4 The soul that fears offending God and has a sincere desire not to do so, does not offend in fact loves him. 5 Live tranquilly in the presence of God. 6 God does not reject sinners.
7 In the spiritual life, it is necessary to walk in good faith, without uneasiness, discouragement or sadness. 8 If you do good, praise and thank the Lord for it. 9 If you happen to sin, humble yourself, propose to do better, ask for help and carry on traveling the right path. 10 After being diligent and having done what you can, you can do no more for God except to ask for his love. 11 Always keep [your soul] situated in the presence of God. 12 Be cheerful and active when practicing interior prayers. 13 Beware of anxiety which is the plague of the spiritual life.
14 Submit your will to that of God, ready to adore it both when he sends you tribulations and also in time of consolation. 15 Live joyfully, and be comforted in the Lord who is with you. 16 (The Lord is) associated in your suffering, and you yourself associate yourself in his suffering and joy. 17 I beg you to be steadfast, sure, constant and unshakeable in the face of trials. 18 Say the fiat (Ďyesí) of total subjection to the loving behavior of divine work within you 19 God draws the soul that belongs to him and which he possesses. 20 We must be resigned (to Godís Will) as long as we are in exile (on earth).
21 Our Lord loves you...and he loves you tenderly. 22 May Jesus always be at the center of your heart 23 Fear nothing, Jesus is with you. 24 It is extremely useful and holy to apply this sacrifice (Mass) while one is a pilgrim on this earth. 25 (The Mass) will help us to live a holy life, extinguish the debts contracted with divine justice and render the Lord more benevolent towards us. 26 Courage. Continue to love Jesus always and do not doubt his predilection for you. 27 Nourish your soul with a spirit of cordial confidence.
28 Be faithful in serving God well, but observe loving freedom in his service. 29 Preserve a spirit of holy joyfulness ... throughout your actions and words ... that others may glorify God (in them). 30 Be tranquil in everything ... Never permit your soul to become sad. The words of Padre Pio for September are taken from the letters he wrote to his spiritual daughter, Erminia Gargani:
1918: August 28, September 6, October 7, December 5, 30
1919: January 26, November 30, December 14


September 2008

Daily Prayers in Honor of St Pio of Pietrelcina

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 Godís 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.


September 2008

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.

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.

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.