St. Padre Pio September 23

Here are some quotes from St. Padre Pio.pstpiio-1

“One looks for God in books, but finds Him in prayer.”

“Confession is the soul’s bath. You must go at least once a week. I do not want souls to stay away from confession more than a week. Even a clean and unoccupied room gathers dust; return after a week and you will see that it needs dusting again!”

Padre Pio_Chalice“I live in a perpetual night… I find myself troubled by everything, and I do not know if I act well or ill. I can see that it is not a scruple: but the doubt I feel about whether or not I am pleasing the Lord crushes me. And this anxiety recurs to me everywhere: at the altar, in the confessional, everywhere!”

“In comparison to what I suffer in my flesh, the spiritual combats that I endure are much worse.”

Padre-Pio-Matrimonio“Love is more beautiful in the company of fear, because it is in this way that it becomes stronger.  The more one loves God, the less one feels it!”

“If you do not succeed in meditating well, do not give up doing your duty. If the distractions are numerous, do not be discouraged; do the meditation of patience, and you will still profit. Decide upon the length of your meditation, and do not leave your place before finishing, even if you have to be crucified… Why do you worry so much because you do not know how to meditate as you would like? Meditation is a means to attaining God, but it is not a goal in itself. Meditation aims at the love of God and neighbor. Love God with all your soul without reserve, and love your neighbor as yourself, and you will have accomplished half of your meditation.”

Padre Onorato Padre Pio e Fra Giovanni“The best way to attend the Holy Sacrifice is by uniting oneself to the Virgin of Sorrows at the foot of the cross, in compassion and love. It is only in paradise that we will learn of all the benefits that we received by assisting at holy Mass.”

EF PADRE PIO IIPadre Pio wrote to Pope Paul VI to ask him to be dispensed from the liturgical experiments that were taking place while Vatican Council was taking place, 1959-63.   He was given permission to continue to only celebrate the Mass of St. Pius V. (from whom he had taken his religious name).  When Cardinal Bacci brought the authorization, Padre Pio told him: “For pity sake, end the Council quickly.”

Padre Pio was extremely devoted to Our Lady Of The Rosary or Our Lady Of Fatima.  May we always pray the 15 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary everyday.  Here is what St. Padre Pio said about the Holy Rosary:

“Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”