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Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest
September 23, 2016
St. Padre Pio
Feast day mass & gathering is usually on the Saturday closest to the 23rd, info. will be on another post, not this one.
Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest
“Padre Pio” was born in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina, joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of fifteen, and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years he lived at the monastery of San Stefano Rotundo, where his miraculous abilities as spiritual advisor, confessor and inercessor attracted the attention of the world. Still, Padre Pio’s humility — manifested through his constant devotion to the Eucharist — was perhaps the more impressive. He would often remark, “I only want to be a friar who prays.”
Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003
Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace,
gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son
and, by means of his ministry,
renewed the wonders of your mercy,
grant that through his intercession
we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ,
and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.
Readings: From the Common of Pastors
See Vatican website for Biography and Canonization information
The heart of Padre Pio is coming to Boston. Yes, really. [Catholic Caucus]
St. Padre Pio’s 5 Point Rule of Life
The Friar Whose Hands and Side Bled for 50 Years
Padre Pio’s Love for the Holy Angels (Catholic Caucus
THE HEALING OF [the eyes of] GEMMA DI GIORGI [by St. Padre Pio] [Ecumenical]
Padre Pio confided in young JP II that shoulder wound was his greatest suffering [Catholic C]
[Padre Pio’s]Five Maxims for Living a Devout Life
[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] THEFT OF PADRE PIO RELICS ATTEMPTED
[CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Padre Pio’s healing power felt by local Catholic
Statue of Baby Jesus travels from Holy Land to Padre Pio’s monastery
Padre Pio’s Secret: His Shoulder Wound
St. Padre Pio, Humanae Vitae, and Mandatory Abortion
Padre Pio, Priest and Victim [Ecumenical]
Details of first investigation into Padre Pio’s stigmata revealed [Catholic Caucus]
St. Pio of Pietrelcina [Padre Pio]
THE HOLY WOUNDS OF CHRIST & Padre Pio’s Secret: His Shoulder Wound [Devotional]
Popular Italian Catholic saint exhumed 40 years on (Padre Pio’s body in fair condition)
Spiritual Counsels from Saint Padre Pio
What Does It Means To Be Canonized.(Padre Pio example)
Feast of St. Pio this FRIDAY! (Padre Pio – Pray for Texas!)
Padre Pio’s Love for the Blessed Mother
St. Padre Pio
Information: St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Feast Day: September 23 Born: May 25, 1887, Pietrelcina, Italy
Died: September 23, 1968, San Giovanni Rotondo
Canonized: June 16, 2002, Rome, Italy by Pope John Paul II
Major Shrine: San Giovanni Rotondo
, September 23
Liturgical Color: Green
Today is the Memorial of St. Pio
of Pietrelcina. In 1918, he was
blessed with the stigmata while
praying before a crucifix. St. Pio
heard confessions many hours
each day and had the ability to
read the souls of those who
came to him.
Ordinary Time: September 23rd
Memorial of St. Padre Pio
September 23, 2016 (Readings on USCCB website)
Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace, gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son and, by means of his ministry, renewed the wonders of your mercy, grant that through his intercession we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ, and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
- September Devotion: Our Lady of Sorrows
- Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Prayer for Saint Pio’s Intercession
- Recommendation of Departing SoulOld Calendar: St. Linus, pope and martyr; St. Thecla, virgin and martyr ; Other Titles: Padre Pio of Pietrelcina; Francesco ForgionePadre Pio was born in 1887 in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina. He joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of sixteen and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotundo he was a much sought after spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor whose life was devoted to the Eucharist and prayer. Yet despite such notoriety, he would often say, “I only want to be a poor friar who prays.”According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter in the government of the Church. He is mentioned after the apostles in the Roman Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I). It is also the feast of St. Thecla, a virgin of Asia Minor in the early days of the Church. Her cultus, which is very ancient, goes back to the second century. She is considered the first woman martyr.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Born to a southern Italian farm family, the son of Grazio, a shepherd. At age 15 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars in Morcone, and joined the order at age 19. He suffered several health problems, and at one point his family thought he had tuberculosis. He was ordained at age 22 on 10 August 1910.
While praying before a cross on September 20, 1918, Padre Pio received the stigmata. He is the first priest ever to be so blessed. As word spread, especially after American soldiers brought home stories of Padre Pio following WWII, the priest himself became a point of pilgrimage for both the pious and the curious. He would hear confessions by the hour, reportedly able to read the consciences of those who held back. He was reportedly able to bi-locate, levitate, and heal by touch.
In 1956 he founded the House for the Relief of Suffering, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year. Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968 at age 81.
Today there are over 400,000 members worldwide in prayer groups begun by Padre Pio in the 1920s.
His canonization miracle involved the cure of Matteo Pio Colella, age 7, the son of a doctor who works in the House for Relief of Suffering, the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo. On the night of June 20, 2000, Matteo was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with meningitis. By morning doctors had lost hope for him as nine of the boy’s internal organs had ceased to give signs of life. That night, during a prayer vigil attended by Matteo’s mother and some Capuchin friars of Padre Pio’s monastery, the child’s condition improved suddenly. When he awoke from the coma, Matteo said that he had seen an elderly man with a white beard and a long, brown habit, who said to him: “Don’t worry, you will soon be cured.” The miracle was approved by the Congregation and Pope John Paul II on 20 December 2001.
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Things to Do:
- St. Pio is a saint of the last century, so there are many pictures and biographies to read more about his life. Having this gift of the stigmata was very hard on his life — both physically and emotionally. Find out more about the stigmata and his other mystical gifts, such as bilocation. St. Pio also had great devotion to his guardian angel.
- From the Catholic Culture library: Biography of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, The Devil and Padre Pio, Five Maxims for Living a Devout Life and His Wounds Spoke of God’s Love for All. There are many other documents in the library which may be found by searching for “pio”.
Following the crucifixion of Peter, Linus, who had served as an assistant to the apostle, continued the leadership of the Church, for once the Christian faith had been firmly established in Rome, Peter and Paul had commended Linus to this responsibility. However, because the one-man episcopate had not yet emerged in Rome, we have no way of knowing exactly what duties were expected of Linus. In a letter directed to the Oriental churches, Linus told how Peter’s body was taken from the cross by Marcellus, bathed in milk and wine, and embalmed with precious spices.
Linus, believed to be the son of Herculanus, was an Italian from the region of Tuscany. He has been identified by the early writer, Eusebius, as the same Linus who is mentioned by St. Paul in his letter of salutation from Rome to Timothy in Ephesus. His episcopate is said to have been approximately twelve years. A brief respite from persecution for the brethren is said to have existed at this time, for legend has it that Nero, in a frightening vision, was so chastised by Peter that he abandoned the wrath which he had once so fiercely set upon the Christians.
Much is unknown of Linus, to be sure, but it is said that he, at Peter’s direction, decreed that all women would now cover their heads when entering a church. In the ancient canon of the Mass, his name is cited after those of Peter and Paul.
According to legend, Linus was martyred and buried on the Vatican Hill alongside his beloved Peter.
Excerpted from The Popes: A Papal History, J.V. Bartlett
Symbols: Triple cross; fleeing demons.
This child of St. Paul is honored by the Fathers of the Eastern Church as proto-martyr and “near apostle.” Already during the second century legends concerning her were current and her grave was much visited by pilgrims. It is historically certain that she lived, but the Acts of her life are largely legendary. According to these she was born at Iconium, where she was converted to Christianity by the preaching of St. Paul. It is related that she was “accused of being a Christian by her own parents after she had refused to marry Thamiris, in order to give herself wholly to Christ. But the pyre enkindled for her burning was extinguished by a sudden downpour of rain as she threw herself into it, making the sign of the Cross. Then she fled to Antioch, where the ferocious beasts and bulls to which she was tied would do her no harm. Nor did she suffer injury during confinement in a snake pit. Because of these marvels many pagans accepted the faith. Thereafter Thecla returned to her native land, where she lived in solitude upon a hill. At the age of ninety she died a peaceful death.”
Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch
Symbols: Lion; tiger; two or more serpents; globe of fire; flaming fagots; Greek cross.
Things to Do:
- Since most ancient times St. Thecla has been highly venerated, especially as patron of the dying. Her intercession is still invoked in the litany during the rites for the dying and in the Church’s official prayer for a departing soul: “As Thou didst deliver the holy virgin and martyr Thecla from three most gruesome torments, so deliver the soul of this Thy servant; and let him (her) enjoy with Thee the blessings of heaven. Amen.” Read the activity Prepare for Death and maybe say the prayers of Recommendation of Departing Soul.
Meditation: Luke 9:18-22
Saint Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), Priest (Memorial)
Who do the crowds say that I am? . . . Who do you say that I am? (Luke 9:18, 20)
We often think of Jesus as the teacher with all the answers. But of the 183 questions that people ask him in the Gospels, he answers fewer than 10. At the same time, Jesus asks more than 300 questions! What does this fondness for questions tell us? Maybe the two questions in today’s Gospel can give us some clues.
“Who do the crowds say that I am?” is easy to answer. It’s like an icebreaker game—a nonthreatening discussion starter. The disciples chime in to report other people’s opinions. But then comes the type of hard question that has students praying that the teacher won’t call on them: “Who do you say that I am?” Such a small change, but what a difference it makes!
Though the disciples have seen Jesus heal, exorcise, and teach with authority and power, they still find it hard to confess him as the Messiah. It takes courage and spiritual insight (Matthew 16:17). They sense that saying “Jesus is Lord” involves putting him at the center of their lives in a radical way (1 Corinthians 12:3).
Jesus’ questions in this passage tell us a couple of other things about him. First, they reveal that he loves his followers enough to help them find the peace that comes from believing in him. It’s because Jesus so passionately wants them—and us—to find life in him that he bothers to ask any questions at all. That’s why the questions seem to leap out of the Gospels with a kind of urgent mercy: What do you think about what I’m doing and saying? How will you respond?
Second, notice how Jesus often leaves his questions unanswered. That’s because he trusts that we are able to sense what is true and respond to it. We just need to quiet our hearts and listen for his Holy Spirit.
Even today, Jesus is doing everything he can—when we go to Mass, when we read the Scriptures, or when we think about the beauty of creation—to help us answer this most burning question: “Who do you say that I am?”
“Jesus, help me to hear your questions today. Thank you for leading me in such a loving, gentle way!”