Archive for the ‘St. Pio of Pietrelcina’ Category

Vianney, Pio, and a renewal of Confession

June 24, 2009

Very interesting article from Sandro Magister:

The Fourth Sacrament under Restoration: On the Job, the Cure’ of Ars and Padre Pio

Endless streams of penitents stood in line at their confessionals. And Benedict XVI is proposing them as models in order to revitalize the sacrament of forgiveness. Surprisingly, Cardinal Martini also agrees with the pope. And he even wants a council for this purpose

The Pope at San Giovanni Rotondo Tomorrow

June 20, 2009

pioHere’s something I was surprised I hadn’t picked up on earlier, then realized that’s because it seems to have only been announced 4 days ago: Pope Benedict XVI will make a pastoral visit to San Giovanni Rotondo, famous as the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) tomorrow.

His schedule includes a private visit to pray before the relics of Padre Pio at the holy priest’s beloved Shrine of Santa Maria della Grazia; the celebration of Mass in the square in front of the church; a meeting with the sick and the doctors and employees at the hospital Padre Pio founded, which still goes by the name he gave it: the Home for the Relief of Suffering; and a meeting with priests, religious, and young people in the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. 

The Vatican has posted a helpful page, where the Pope’s homily and talks, as well as photos, will go up. EWTN will be covering the visit live, starting Sunday morning at 4 am EST. 

For some side reading, there’s also some generally thoughtful commentary, “Padre Pio, Pope Benedict: Soul Mates?”, published last year by Time magazine, comparing Pope John Paul II’s personal interest in Padre Pio (and in saints in general) with Pope Benedict’s.

And of course, there’s the original novena to St. Pio and an original Litany to St. Pio  in my Saints for Our Times: New Novenas and Prayers.

UPDATE: “Hundreds of thousands” gathered for the visit.   The Pope’s homily is here.  A clip:

As it was for Jesus, the real struggle, the radical combat Padre Pio had to sustain, was not against earthly enemies, but against the spirit of evil (cf. Ephesians 6, 12). The biggest “storms” that threatened him were the assaults of the devil, against which he defended himself with “the armor of God” with “the shield of faith” and “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:11,16,17). Remaining united to Jesus, he always kept in mind the depths of the human drama, and because of this he offered himself and offered his many sufferings, and he knew how to spend himself in the care and relief of the sick, a privileged sign of God’s mercy, of his kingdom which is coming, indeed, which is already in the world, of the victory of love and life over sin and death. Guide souls and relieve suffering: thus we can sum up the mission of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, as the servant of God, Pope Paul VI said about him: “He was a man of prayer and suffering” (To the Capuchin Chapter Fathers, 20 February 1971).

Litany of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) (feast day: September 23)

September 22, 2008

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Our Lady of Grace, pray for us.

St. Francis, spiritual father of Padre Pio…

St. Pio of Pietrelcina…

St. Pio, faithful son of Mary…

St. Pio, poor son of St. Francis…

St. Pio, obedient son of the Church…

St. Pio, friend of the angels…

St. Pio, priest of God…

St. Pio, priest of Christ, the infant of Bethlehem…

St. Pio, priest of Christ crucified…

St. Pio, priest of Christ the great High Priest…

St. Pio, priest who bore the wounds of Christ…

St. Pio, priest who called sinners to repentance…

St. Pio, counselor of the troubled…

St. Pio, holy friar of the people…

St. Pio, channel of God’s mercy…

St. Pio, channel of God’s healing…

St. Pio, channel of God’s love…

St. Pio, channel of God’s grace…

St. Pio, reader of hearts…

St. Pio, prophet of future events…

St. Pio, victim of divine love…

St. Pio, enemy of Satan…

St. Pio, enemy of sin…

St. Pio, wise man of the Gargano Mountains…

St. Pio, founder of the House for the Relief of Suffering…

St. Pio, companion of the poor…

St. Pio, healer of the sick…

St. Pio, strength of the poor souls in purgatory…

St. Pio, apostle of the confessional…

St. Pio, apostle of the Eucharist…

St. Pio, apostle of the Rosary…

St. Pio, apostle of prayer…

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, O blessed St. Pio of Pietrelcina,

that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, who raised us St. Pio of Pietrelcina as a dramatic sign of your presence in the middle of a most painful and difficult century, grant that we who seek his intercession and follow his holy example may experience the same profound conversion through his prayers today as did thousands who were graced by his priestly ministry during his time on earth. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

(This original litany appears in my book, Saints for Our Times: New Novenas and Prayers [Pauline Books and Media, 2007].  Of course, it’s copywritten, but feel free to reproduce for personal and private use.)

On Padre Pio

May 20, 2008

Zenit is running a very interesting interview on Padre Pio here, with the co-author of a new book (only in Italian at this point, unfortunately) on the saint.