Pio of Pietrelcina

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Padre Pio’s cell in Our Lady of Grace Friary, San Giovanni Rotondo.
Padre Pio showing the stigmata

Francesco Forgione , later known as Padre Pio, (May 25 1887September 23 1968), canonized as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, was an Italian Roman Catholic Capuchin priest who is now venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. He was given the name Pio when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, and was popularly known as Padre Pio after his ordination to the priesthood. He became famous for his stigmata.

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  • Walk in the way of the Lord with simplicity and do not torment your spirit. You must hate your defects, but with a quiet hate, not troublesome and restless.
  • The prayers of the Saints in heaven and of the just on earth are a perfume which never will be lost.
  • Be firm in your resolutions: stay in the bark in which I placed you and let the storm come. Long live Jesus! You will not perish.
  • Do not worry over things that generate preoccupation, derangement and anxiety. One thing only is necessary: to lift up your spirit and love God.
  • You are suffering, it is true, but with resignation. Fear not because God is with you. You do not offend Him but love Him. You suffer, but believe also that Jesus Himself suffers in you and for you.
  • He who attaches himself to the earth remains attached to it. It is by violence that we must leave it. It is better to detach oneself a little at a time, rather than all at once. Let us always think of heaven.
  • The ardent desire to be in eternal peace is good and holy. But it is necessary to moderate it by a complete resignation to the Divine Will. It is better to do the Divine Will on earth than to enjoy heaven. To suffer and not to die was the motto of St. Therese. Purgatory is sweet when one suffers for the love of God.
  • I always pray for the sick. The best consolation comes from prayer. Every day I say a Holy Rosary for them.
  • When you have distractions don't distract yourself still more by stopping to consider the why and the wherefore. Just as a traveler who misses his way, returns to the right road as soon as he is aware of it, you should continue to meditate without stopping in the distractions which you had.
  • The pivot of perfection is charity: he who lives in charity lives in God, because God is charity, as the Apostle says.
  • In order to console a soul in its sufferings, point out to it all the good it still can do. The gates of heaven are open for all creatures. Remember Mary Magdalene.
  • Humility and charity are the master chords, all others depend on them. The one is the lowest, the other the highest. The preservation of the entire edifice depends on the foundation and the roof. If the heart keeps itself directed in the exercise of these, no difficulty will be encountered in the others. These are the mothers of virtue, the others follow them as the chicks do their mother.
  • Often kiss Jesus with affection and you will recompense Him for the sacrilegious kiss of the unfaithful Apostle, Judas.
  • Have patience in persevering in the holy exercise of meditation and be contented to begin with small steps till you have legs to run, and better, wings to fly. Be contented to be obedient, which is never a small thing for a soul which has chosen God for its portion, and be resigned to be, for the present, a little bee in the nest which will soon become a large bee capable of making honey.
  • Be always faithful to God in keeping the promises made to Him and do not bother about the ridicule of the foolish. Know that the saints were always sneered at by the world and worldlings; and they have trampled them under foot and have triumphed over the world and its maxims.
  • Prayer is the best weapon we possess, the key that opens the heart of God.
  • You are suffering, it is true, but with resignation. Fear not because God is with you. You do not offend Him but love Him. You suffer, but believe also that Jesus Himself suffers in you and for you.
  • Let us follow the advice of David: "Raise your hands in the holy places during the night and bless the Lord". Yes, children, let us bless Him always and let us pray that He will always be our guide, our bark and our port.
  • You must speak to Jesus also with the heart, besides with the lips; indeed, in certain cases you must speak to Him only with the heart.
  • Duty before everything else, even something holy.
  • Do not fear. Jesus is more powerful than all hell. At the invocation of His Name every knee in heaven, on earth and in hell must bend before Jesus; this is the consolation for the good and terror of the evil.
  • Ahead! Courage! In the spiritual life he who does not advance goes backward. I happens as with a boat which always must go ahead. If it stands still the wind will blow it back.
  • Have you not for sometime loved the Lord? Do you not love Him now? Do you not long to love Him forever? Therefore: Do not fear! Even conceded that you had committed all the sins of this world, Jesus repeats to you: Many sins are forgiven Thee because Thou has loved much!
  • Charity is the queen of virtues. As the pearls are held together by the thread, thus the virtues by charity; and as the pearls fall when the thread breaks, thus the virtues are lost if charity diminishes.
  • The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. It is in the soul that the battle rages every moment of life. The soul must give free access to the Lord so that it may be fortified by Him in every respect and with all kinds of weapons; that His light may enlighten it to combat the darkness of error; that it be clothed with Jesus Christ, with His justice, truth, the shield of faith, the word of God, in order to conquer such powerful enemies. To be clothed with Jesus Christ it is necessary to die to oneself.
  • Humility and purity of conduct are the wings which raise us up to God and in a manner deify us. Remember this: the sinner who is ashamed to do evil is closer to God than the upright man who is ashamed to do good.
  • Lean on the Cross of Jesus as the Virgin did and you will not be deprived of comfort. Mary was as if paralyzed before her crucified Son, but one cannot say that she was abandoned by Him. Rather how much more did she not love Him when she suffered and could not even weep?
  • At times Our Lord makes you feel the burden of the Cross. This burden seems intolerable to you. But as for you, carry it because the Lord extends His hand and gives you strength.
  • Let us bind ourselves tightly to the Sorrowful Heart of Our Heavenly Mother and reflect on its boundless grief how previous is our soul
  • If you want to assist at Mass with devotion and with love, think of the Sorrowful Mother at the feet of the Calvary
  • The Cross is the standard of the elect. Let us always keep close to it and we will succeed in conquering in everything and over everyone
  • Continue to pray that God may console you when you feel that the weight of the Cross is becoming too burdensome. Acting thus you are not doing anything against the Will of God, but are with the Son of God Who, in the garden, asked His Father for some relief. But, if it does not please Him to do this, be ready to say with Jesus, "Fiat,!"
  • Let us ascend Calvary, burdened with the Cross but without tiring. And let us be convinced that our ascent will lead us to the heavenly vision of our sweetest Savior.
  • The most beautiful credo is that which comes from your lips in darkness, in sacrifice, in pain, in the supreme effort of an unbending will for good. It is this which, like a stoke of lightning, penetrates the darkness of the soul; it is this which in the flash of the tempest lifts you and leads you to God.
  • Strong and generous hearts are not grieved except for serious reasons; and even then do not allow such motives to penetrate into their inmost heart"
  • Always live under the eyes of the Good Shepherd and you will walk unharmed through evil pastures
  • We must know how to confide. There is the fear of God and the fear of a Judas. Too much fear makes one labour without love, and too much confidence prevents us from considering the danger which we must overcome. The one must go hand in hand with the other and proceed as sisters

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