Padre Pio: a priest with stigmata

by | Lives of Saints


Padre Pio was born on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina (southern Italy), and he entered to the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars at the age of 15. When he was 31, Padre Pio received the stigmata (the five wounds of Christ’s passion on his body), making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Catholic Church.

Later on his life, Padre Pio developed a Home for the Relief of Suffering, which was a 300 bed facility, built on the small, sincere, and spontaneous donations and prayers of his followers. He was called to his heavenly reward on September 23, 1968, and many testify to spiritual and temporal graces received by visiting his tomb in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. (Saint Pio Foundation) 

Who was Saint Padre Pio?

One of my favorite quotes by Saint Padre Pio is:

“Kneel down and render the tribute of your presence and devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Confide all your needs to him, along with those of others. Speak to him with filial abandonment, give free rein to your heart, and give him complete freedom to work in you as he thinks best.”

Know some of his meditations and prayers!

Padre Pio is now venerated as a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church, and I believe it is indispensable for all Catholics to know about him and his legacy!

Nowadays, Pio of Pietrelcina is the patron saint of adolescents, stress relief, and civil defense volunteers.

Join me in prayer asking God, though the intercession of Padre Pio, to accompany us, our loved ones, and everyone in the Catholic Mass Times community, in moments of stress and sickness.

Let’s pray

O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church.

Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to heavenly glory.

May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us, as You desire, for Your greater glory.

O Jesus, most adorable heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your Heavenly Father. Amen.