23rd September – St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

It was a year ago today that a routine clinic showed up an elevated calcium level in my blood that signalled the cancer had returned. After a two week hospitalisation I began chemotherapy that lasted til the bone marrow transplant at the end of Jan. I was sufficiently recovered to return to parish duties at the end of May. Praise the Lord!

Today’s saint – Padre Pio (St Pio of Pietrelcina) – needs little introduction at least in thepadre pio Catholic world: mystic, miracle worker and stigmatist. Last Tuesday I heard an interesting story from Sr Mary Trinity (SOLT) who has a first class relic of the saint. During a recent hospital stay she gave the relic to a man who had a serious lung condition. He was of no great faith but prayed with the relic in his own way. When he had his next X-ray the consultant couldn’t believe that the condition was almost completely healed. He showed the before and after X-rays to a rather bemused collection of trainee doctors!

Here are some quotes from the Padre. They are taken from http://padrepiodevotions.org/padre-pios-words/

Pray, hope and don’t worry.

Prior to his death he kept repeating Jesus, Mary. His last word was Mary.

In all the events of life, you must recognize the Divine will. Adore and bless it, especially in the things which are the hardest for you.

In my greatest sufferings, it seems to me that I no longer have a mother on this earth, but a very compassionate one [Mary] in Heaven.

Remember that God is within us when we are in a state of grace and outside of us when we are in a state of sin; but His angel never abandons us. . . He is our most sincere and faithful friend even when we sadden him with our bad behaviour.

Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.

You must always humble yourself lovingly before God and before men, because God speaks only to those who are truly humble and He enriches them with His gifts.

Humility and purity are the wings which carry us to God and make us almost divine.

Let us always keep before our eyes the fact that here on earth we are on a battlefield and that in paradise we shall receive the crown of victory; that this is a testing-ground and the prize will be awarded up above; that we are now in a land of exile while our true homeland is Heaven to which we must continually aspire.

Jesus will assist you and give you the grace to live a heavenly life and nothing whatever will be able to separate you from His love.

I remind you that I belong with great ardor to everyone and for this reason I am suffering immensely for all.

Hold on tightly to the Rosary. Be very grateful to the Madonna because it was she who gave us Jesus.

Love our Lady and make her loved; always recite the Rosary and recite it as often as possible.

Imagine Jesus crucified in your arms and on your chest, and say a hundred times as you kiss His chest, “This is my hope, the living source of my happiness; this is the heart of my soul; nothing will ever separate me from His love.”