Padre Pio

I just check on who watches me on Facebook and this was the result that I got.

Saint Padre Pio.

I almost fell on my chair.

My birthday is September 20 and this is a significant day in the life of Saint Padre Pio.

September 20, 1918, Padre Pio was praying in the choir loft in the Church of Our Lady of Grace, when the same Being who appeared to him on August 5, appeared again. It was the wounded Christ.

The Stigmata, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.

On September 20, 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity. Though Padre Pio would have preferred to suffer in secret, by early 1919, news about the stigmatic friar began to spread in the secular world. Padre Pio’s wounds were examined by many people, including physicians.

People who had started rebuilding their lives after World War I, began to see in Padre Pio a symbol of hope. Those close to him attest that he began to manifest several spiritual gifts, including the gifts of healing, bilocation, levitation, prophechy, miracles, extraordinary abstinence from both sleep and nourishment (one account states that Padre Agostino recorded one instance in which Padre Pio was able to subsist for at least 20 days at Verafeno on only the Eucharist without any other nourishment), the ability to read hearts, the gift of tongues, the gift of conversions, and the fragrance from his wounds.

My Story of Saint Padre Pio

I am very thankful of knowing life of the Saints, it really help me in my Spiritual Journey.

From reading the story of the life of Padre Pio, it leads me of having courage to confess my sins.

I read about his miracles, collaborated with stories of people,

My friend Joy shared with me a story that her mother wrote a prayer request to Padre Pio and to her surprised she got a reply.

Padre reads all the prayers send to him all over the world and pray for them.

I read about his miracles, collaborated with stories of people, like Carlo Campanini

Carlo Campanini went to confession to Padre Pio in 1950.  Padre Pio said: “Begin in 1936.”

‘But I confessed few days ago.’ “I told you to begin in 1936.” Campanini remembered what he had done in 1936 and had been ashamed to confess.

He concluded: ‘That confession changed my life, and I haven’t missed daily Mass since than.’

Close encounters with Padre Pio in the Confessional

Padre Pio spent most of his day hearing confessions.

From 1918 to 1923 he heard confessions fifteen to nineteen hours a day. 

During the 40’s and 50’s he confessed about eight hours a day.

In 1962, 83.035 women and 19.837 men  registered for confession with Padre Pio: an average of about 273 per day.

In 1967 Padre Pio confessed about 15.000 women and 10.000 men. An average of 70 people per day.

The average confession made to Padre Pio lasted only three minutes. Padre Pio heard a total of about five million confessions.

Padre Pio demanded that each confession be a true conversion. No excuses, no insincerity, but frankness, honesty, firm resolution.

Thanks for Padre Pio’s encouragement for confession.

It did help me a lot to let go of fear in going to confession

Some says, Priest are just human and just prefer to confess directly to God.

I will not here to argue with that, I just want to share the beautiful benefit of it.

You got you absolution and grace. I feel with so much peace in my heart.

life is a. Battle between good and evil.

Every time we confess we defeat the evil within us.

For the Son of Man has come to save what was lost”;

Given by the angel at the time of the Annunciation, the name “Jesus” means “God saves”. The name expresses his identity and his mission “because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Peter proclaimed that “there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we can be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Apostolic succession is the transmission by means of the sacrament of Holy Orders of the mission and power of the Apostles to their successors, the bishops.

Another experience of Padre Pio is battle against satan, How he suffered from them.

Yes, There is Evil in this world and its powerful, it can possess people. Not powerful as Jesus

I personally saw people got possessed by the devil near our house in Sampaloc Street, San Antonio Village. Makati city way back in 1998.

Holy water works. It pains the evil one

Want to share a story after confession

Here in St. Catherine Father Percy announce that he will have a confession for everyone. Father waited.

Next mass, Someone share to me that Father told everyone in his homily that only one went to confession.

I just smiled, so I am the only one blessed.

Hmmmm.

I am like many who run away and go to confession far from our parish so that father won’t know my sins.

It takes courage and humility.

I am only human, I also to feel ashamed to tell my sin to the priest, specially when I serve this church.

But then, there was a realization in my part.

More than anyone, I should be ashame with the Lord. He is watching me 24 hours a day.

Like the Hispanics way of life. Maybe we need to do the same, next time we go together as a family in confession so that each one of us will experience peace and happiness within. It’s a challenge because to bring our children to church is already something very difficult to do.

I learned that it seems like many believe that catholic just need to confess at least two times a year.

No it needs to be always. until you will be able to win against your repetitive sins. when we win in this battle against evil in our life we will be sanctified be purified.

Confession a good way to receive grace from our Lord.

When was the last time you went to confession. It’s about time. It’s hard but fulfilling.

Life is not just about helping and doing good.

We are all called to evangelized and be purified.

It should start from us. God is alive and he talks us in a lot of ways.

He keeps on knocking in our hearts, listen, God wants to talk to us.

God can literally talk in our hearts but it needs to be purified. It start in our hearts.

So if you want to have peace in your Heart, Confess.

Confess and receive blessings and grace

God bless

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