Saint Pio Of Pietrelcina, Capuchin

Saint Pio was born of simple, hardworking farming people on 25 May 1887, in Pietrelcina, Southern Italy. He was tutored privately until his entry into the Capuchin Friars at the age of 15. Of feeble health but strong will, and with the help of grace, he completed the required studies and was ordained a priest in 1910.

On 20 September 1918, the five wounds of our Lord’s Passion appeared on his body, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Church. Countless numbers were attracted to his confessional and many more received his saintly and spiritual guidance through correspondence. His whole life was marked by long hours of prayer and continual austerity. His letters to his spiritual directors reveal the ineffable sufferings, physical and spiritual, which accompanied him all through his life. They also reveal his very deep union with God, his burning love for the Holy Eucharist and our Blessed Lady. Worn out by over half a century of intense suffering and constant apostolic activity in San Giovanni Rotondo, he was called to his heavenly reward on 23 September 1968.

The steps taken in the process of Padre Pio’s Canonization are the following: 20 March 1983, the diocesan process was begun; 21 January 1990, the aforesaid process was closed; Sunday, 2 May 1999, John Paul II declared Padre Pio blessed; 16 June 2002, the same pope declared Padre Pio, a saint.

EFFICACIOUS NOVENA 
TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

N.B. This prayer was recited everyday by Padre Pio for those who asked his intercession. The faithful are encouraged to recite it daily, so as to be spiritually united with the prayer of the beloved saint.

I. O my Jesus, You have said: ‘Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.’ Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, You have said: ‘Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.’ Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, You have said: ‘Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.’ Encouraged by Your infallible words, I now ask for the grace of…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory to the Father… Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender mother and ours.

Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add:

St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.

 

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