September 23, 2014
St. Pius of Pietrelcina
Feast Day of Padre Pio
My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.
He's everywhere you look in Italy. Pizza parlors, shops, street corners and car windows bear the image of his bearded face. There wasn't a church in Sicily in which I wasn't greeted by his statue.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina, or Padre Pio, is probably--along with St. Francis--the most popular saint in Italy. He's beloved as a mystic, as a doctor of souls, as the bearer of the wounds of Christ on his person and as one present to all, especially the poor and sick.
In other words, Padre Pio is beloved as a brother of Jesus. In treasuring him, in talking to him and being moved by him, we are comforted as we're drawn in more closely to that family of unconditional love for which we yearn so deeply.
Loving Father, I pray in gratitude for brothers and sisters in Christ.
- Amy Welborn
Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13|Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34-35, 44|Luke 8:19-21