Tuesday September 23 St Pio

Today we celebrate the life of St. Pius of Pietrelcina (1887-1968), the Capuchin friar still best known simply as "Padre Pio" who has become one of the most popular saints in the Church. Like the Franciscan we remembered a few days ago, Joseph of Cupertino, the para-normal phenomena connected with Padre Pio, especially the stigmata, created quite a bit of controversy during his life. But he demon...strates again that the heart of Franciscan spirituality lies in a radical response to the in-break of God's love in one's life that leads us to empty ourselves and follow in the footsteps of Christ.

As Pope Paul VI said shortly after Padre Pio's death: "Look what fame he had, what a worldwide following gathered around him! But why? Because he was a philosopher? Because he was wise? Because he had resources at his disposal? No - because he said Mass humbly, heard confessions from dawn to dusk and was–it is not easy to say it–one who bore the wounds of our Lord. He was a man of prayer and suffering."

We cannot forget that as Pio came to know Christ more and more, he began a outreach to the suffering poor through a hospital in San Giovanni Rotundo, which today has become a major medical treatment and research center - http://www.operapadrepio.it/en/

"Through the study of books, one seeks God; by meditation one finds him" (Pio of Pietralcina).
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