St. PADRE PIO
Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pius of Pietrelcina is popular because of the Stigmata he experiences during his life time.
Padre Pio, was an Italian Franciscan Capuchin, Friar, Priest, Stigmatist and mystic.
Padre Pio was born into the family of Grazio Mario Forgione on May 25, 1887. The family Comprise of seven children. He was given the name Francesco at birth.
His Parent were peasant farmers. He was baptized in the nearby Santa Anna Chapel, which stands upon the walls of a castle.
He later served as an altar servant in the same chapel. At age 5, he made a decision to dedicate his entire life to God.
His younger sister Grazia later became a Bridgettine nun. He took care of his family Flock of sheep.
His Early life
The family where this Saint was born were not educated but they usually tell bible stories to their children. As a youth, Francesco had already started seeing Visions and ecstasies.
In the year 1897, after his public education, the Padre Pio made his intention known to his Parent to Join the Capuchin order.
His father left Italy and went as far as the United States to look for a well paid job to made the child dreams come true. What a loving and caring father. At age 15, 6 January 1903, St. Padre Pio entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars at Morcone.
St. Padre Pio on 22 January, he took the Franciscan habit and the name of Fra (Frair) Pio, in honour of Pope Puis I, whose Relics was persevered in the Santa Anna chapel in Pietrelcina were he grew up. He took the simple vows of poverty, Chastity and obedience.
St. Padre Pio in the year 1910 was ordained a Priest by Archbishop Paolo Schinosi at the Cathedral of Benevento. Four days after his ordination, his health been severe and was ask to remain with his family until 1916. That is a period of four years.
He was called back to the public on 4th September 1916, though he served in a small community.
Learning From the saint Life During this Lent
St. Padre Pio lived a life worthy of emulation. After looking at the brief history of this saint, let us look at some of the things one can learn from his life and be better during this lent and beyond.
1. Saying the Rosary:
St. Padre Pio lived a life of Prayer and was devoted to our mother Mary and the Holy Rosary. In this Lenten season, as we prayer we should remember to say our Rosary too.
2. Weekly confession:
Many of us have not gone for confession and do not see the need of going for one. In the life of St. Padre Pio, we see the need of going for Confession because it draws our souls closer to God.
St. Padre Pio compared weekly confession to dusting a room weekly. Many people who heard of him travelled to meet him and confess to him, ask for help, or have their curiosity satisfied.
3. Meditation and Self-examination
In his famous quotes, St. Padre Pio said that
“The person who meditates and turns his mind to God, who is the mirror of his soul, seeks to know his faults, tries to correct them, moderates his impulses, and puts his conscience in order.”
St. Padre Pio recommended the performance of meditation and self-examination twice daily: once in the morning, as preparation to face the day, and once again in the evening, as retrospection.
His advice on the practical application of theology he often summed up in his now famous quote: “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry”. He directed Christians to recognize God in all things and to desire above all things to do the will of God.
St. Padre Pio died on 23 September 1968.
His Feast Day
St. Padre Pio Feast Day on 23 September the day he died.
St. Padre Pio was both beatified in the year 1999 and Canonized in the year 2002 by the late St. Pope John Paul II.
May God Help us to Imitate and live like his Saint Padre Pio, during this Lenten Period and beyond. Amen.