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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Padre Pio, A Modern Prophet with an Ancient Command

Padre Pio was born May 25, 1887, ordained a Cappuchin Priest in 1910 and died September 23, 1968. He was a mystic, confessor and stigmatic; bearing for 50 years all the while suffering five wounds of the crucifixion. Padre Pio is the founder of a hospital to care for the sick and the dying in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. A true victim with Christ, he is a credible sign to our time that God’s plan is for each of us to be channels of His charity and grace for the poor. He expressed the spirit of his hospital as tangible proof of the Good Samaritan this way …

“We must be quite forgetful of self. Rising above selfishness, we must bow down to the sufferings and the wounds of our fellow men. We must make them our own, knowing how to suffer with our brethren for the love of God. We must know how to instill hope into their hearts and bring back a smile to their lips, having restored a ray of light into their souls. Then we shall be offering to God the most beautiful, the most noble of prayers, because our prayer will have sprung form sacrifice. It will be the very essence of love, the unselfish gift of all that we are in body and soul. In every sick man there is Jesus in person who is suffering; in every poor man it is Jesus himself who is languishing; in every man who is both sick and poor, Jesus is doubly present.” Saint Padre Pio

"Love is the first ingredient in the relief of suffering" Padre Pio

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