Padre Pio's Prayer
Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me. I thank you for sending your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the world to save and to set me free. I trust in your power and grace that sustain and restore me. Loving Father, touch me now with your healing hands, for I believe that your will is for me to be well in mind, body, soul and spirit. Cover me with the most precious blood of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. Cast anything that should not be in me. Root out any unhealthy and abnormal cells. Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild and replenish any damaged areas. Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection by the power of Jesus’ precious blood. Let the fire of your healing love pass through my entire body to heal and make new any diseased areas so that my body will function the way you created it to function. Touch also my mind and my emotion, even the deepest recesses of my heart. Saturate my entire being with your presence, love, joy and peace and draw me ever closer to you every moment of my life. And Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to do your works so that my life will bring glory and honor to your holy name. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Padre Pio, also known as Franceso Forgione, was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. He was born into a poor and humble family. In order to secure a decent education for his son, his father traveled to Brazil and United States to earn enough money. Although he was not a good student, he learned enough to move ahead.
As a young child, Father Pio suffered from poor health. His physical affliction continued to plague him most of his life.
From a very young age, Father Pio devoted himself to a life of poverty and prayer. His dream was to become a Capuchin- a religious order that follows the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi.
In 1910, he was ordained a priest. His name was changed to Pio.
Early on, in his religious vocation, Father Pio displayed signs of having extraordinary spiritual gifts. In addition to communicating with Jesus, angels and saints, he possessed the ability to be in two places at the same time- bilocation.
Additionally, Father Pio possessed the gift of stigmata- the sacred wounds that Jesus had on the cross. The wounds would appear suddenly, and slowly fade away. This gift lasted fifty years.
Father Pio was known to be a spiritual advisor and healer. He had the ability to see and feel the suffering of others without attaining direct information from the person. Many of Father Pio’s followers believe that he received the information directly from God.
One of many stories revealing his divine healing power occurred in 1949. A man had lost his right eye during an explosion. A few days later, Father Pio went to visit him in the hospital. When the doctors removed his bandages, they were astonished to discover that his eye had grown back.
In September 23, 1968, Father Pio stepped out of his body and entered the Kingdom of God.
Pope John Paul II declared him a Saint in June 2002.
According to Rev. Jude Winkler, Father Pio greatest wish was to, “suffer for his sins and the sins of others so that they might turn to God.”
Spiritual Guidance from Spiritual Father Pio
Seeking spiritual guidance, a person approached Padre Pio and asked him, “Father, how can you distinguish what comes from the heart and is inspired by Our Lord, and that which instead is inspired by the devil? Padre Pio replied the following:
“You will distinguish it, always by this: The spirit of God is a spirit of peace, and also in the case of grave sin, it makes us feel tranquil, humble, confident, and this is due precisely to His mercy. The spirit of the demon, on the contrary, excites, exasperates, makes us in our sorrow feel something like anger against ourselves, whereas our first charity must be to ourselves, and so if certain thoughts agitate you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives tranquility, being the Spirit of Peace. Such agitation comes from the devil.”
Sayings of Father Pio
"Remember: the evil-doer who is loathed to do wrong is nearer to God than the upright man who hesitates to do good."
"You cannot expect God to work wonders where there is no faith."
"Fear is a far greater evil than evil itself."
O my Jesus who has said, "In truth I tell you, ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you" here am I knocking and asking for your grace...
The above information comes from a book called Counsels Exhortations Of Padre Pio Of Pietrelcina and Padre Pio by Rev. Jude Winkler
Saintly Father Pio - to be continued.
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