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Today I am remembering a cold, dark November evening, two years ago, that was warmed and enriched by an event surrounding St Padre Pio. Our parish priest, Canon William Isaac had invited an Irish prayer group (see below) - who made their journey to Wales especially for us. They brought with them a glove worn by the saint to cover his stigmata wounds. A woman in the group shared a very moving personal experience of healing which she believed was brought about through the intercession of St Pio.
Often, I feel that time passes quickly. But it seems much longer than two years ago since that memorable event. We had no inkling then of the horrendous pandemic that was just around the corner. Also, our dear Canon William has gone to his heavenly home, and oh, how we miss him…
In my childhood I remember my late-father speaking about the holiness of Padre Pio, his stigmata, and the crowds that came to meet him. A friend confided more recently that she had, in her youth, received Holy Communion from Padre Pio. She didn’t remember many details except that the queue was very long. Just imagine being so blessed as to receive Holy Communion from a living saint. Now, that is a reason to say “Wow” I think you will agree.
About St. Padre Pio of Pietrecina 1887-1968
Born in Pietrecina, Italy he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Franciscan Friars aged 16, ordained at 20. Praying before a crucifix on 20th September 1918, he received the stigmata - the five wounds of Christ - and was the first priest ever to have been thus blessed. News of this holy priest spread and he became the centre of pilgrimage for both the powerful and curious. He founded a hospital that cares for over 60,000 people a year.
Oh Jesus, full of grace and charity, victim for sinners, so impelled by Your love of us that You willed to die on the cross, I humbly entreat Thee to glorify in heaven and on earth St. Pio of Pietrelcina, who generously participated in Your sufferings, who loved Thee so much and laboured so faithfully for the glory of Your heavenly Father and for the good of souls. With confidence I beseech Thee to grant me, through his intercession, the grace of [tell what you need here] which I ardently desire.
Wishing you love and blessings.
For further info on St Pio see: https://saintpiofoundation.org
For more info on the Irish prayer group see: https://www.facebook.com/cappaghparishpadrepiogroup/posts
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