Monday, June 22, 2009

Pope, Pio & 'More' (ha ha)

The Pope visited and celebrated Holy Mass at the Church of Padre Pio yesterday-Father's Day. Isn't that so fitting?

Our family loves St. Pio, especially our boys. Our last baby was born on Padre Pio's feast day! He is an amazing saint; he was amazing on earth and will continue to help us from Heaven. (1887-1968)

Here is the Pope's Homily at St. Pio of Pietrelcina Church that happened yesterday.

Some input from his history is that his Masses usually lasted 2 hours! It is also said that each morning after a 5 a.m. Mass in a crowded church, Padre Pio heard confessions until noon. Then he would take a mid-morning break to bless the sick and all who came to see him. Eventually he set up a hospital there b/c of his great love for the sick. Every afternoon he also heard confessions. In time his confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day!!! It is said that penitents even had to take a number! Can you imagine that? Many of them have said that Padre Pio knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned! As you can imagine, devotions to Padre Pio are huge and the wounds he bore are amazing, breath taking and beautiful. Thank you God for the gift of Padre Pio to the world.

God always gives us what we need, huh?!

Padre Pio, pray for us!

"The life of a Christian is nothing
but a perpetual struggle against self;
there is no flowering of the soul
to the beauty of its perfection
except at the price of pain" (Padre Pio).

Not pretty, but so true.
Thank you Padre Pio for all you have done and continue to do-please pray for us!

How could I forget to mention today's great feast day of St. Thomas More(1478-1535)?!

"Beheaded on Tower Hill, London, July 6, 1535, he steadfastly refused to approve Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage and establishment of the Church of England.
Described as “a man for all seasons,” More was a literary scholar, eminent lawyer, gentleman, father of four children and chancellor of England. An intensely spiritual man, he would not support the king’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Nor would he acknowledge Henry as supreme head of the Church in England, breaking with Rome and denying the pope as head."
(Find more info about this great saint HERE).
Thank you St. Thomas More for defending MARRIAGE!

St. Thomas More, pray for us!

God bless,

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