Today we celebrate the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. When I was studying abroad in college I had the opportunity to go to San Giovanni Rotondo. Three of us did a two day pilgrimage where we stayed at a convent and were able to pray at the tomb of St. Pio. It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience in every way. What an example of holiness we have in this saint!
Ways to Celebrate
- Sip some Frangelico (Adults only :) )
- Make an Italian Feast
- Make a Cappuccino
- Discuss the Stigmata
- Read a story about Padre Pio
The more you are afflicted, the more you ought to rejoice, because in the fire of tribulation the soul will become pure gold, worthy to be placed and to shine in the heavenly palace.
In the spiritual life, you must take one step forward each day in a vertical line, from the bottom up.
Our Lord sometimes makes you feel the weight of the cross. This weight seems unbearable but you carry it because in His love and mercy, the Lord helps you and gives you strength.
You must concentrate on pleasing God alone, and if He is pleased, you must be pleased. You must not be discouraged or let yourself become dejected if your actions have not succeeded as perfectly as you intended. What do you expect? We are made of clay and not every soil yields the fruits expected by the one who tills it. But let us always humble ourselves and acknowledge that we are nothing if we lack the Divine assistance.