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Friday, September 23, 2011

St. Padre Pio, pray for us

Today is the feast day of St. Padre Pio, the saint I have chosen as my patron for this year. There is a very good post on These Stone Walls that I urge you to read. Padre Pio faced many unjust accusations, just as certain other well known priests today are facing.
In light of my last post, this bit of counsel from St. Pio that Fr. McRae had in his post is particularly relevant:
(Emphasis in bold mine)

From the Spiritual Counsels of Padre Pio:
“That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference, and apathy.”
“The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. It is in the soul that the battle rages every moment of life. The soul must give free access to the Lord so that it be fortified by Him in every respect and with all kinds of weapons; that His light may enlighten it to combat the darkness of error; that it be clothed with Jesus Christ, with His justice, truth, the shield of faith, the Word of God, in order   to conquer such spiritual enemies. To be clothed with Jesus Christ, it is necessary to die to oneself.”
(Excerpts from the booklet, “Padre Pio Counsels,” National Center of Padre Pio, Norristown, PA)

1 comment:

Michele said...

mom liked saint pio as well. he did undergo alot of trials in his life. he was a very holy man.