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12 Amazing Facts about the Life of the Beloved St. Padre Pio

12 Amazing Facts about the Life of the Beloved St. Padre Pio

Every so often, an extraordinary soul graces the world with incredible holiness.  Padre Pio was that man for much of the 20th century.  He was born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy.  Even at a young age he was called to a deep, unique relationship with God—he later reported having conversed with Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and his guardian angel on separate occasions.  

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Francesco was attacked by the devil as a young child.  That would continue throughout his entire life.  He joined the Capuchins, took the name Pio, and was ordained a priest in 1910.  

In 1920, he received the stigmata.  Soon after, Padre Pio became internationally known for his sanctity.  Tens of thousands of people saw him, and a simple internet search turns up story after story of grace-filled encounters with Padre Pio.  That happened during his lifetime, and it continues to happen while he’s in eternal life.  He died in 1968, was beatified by St. John Paul II in 1999, and canonized in 2002. Here are twelve aspects of Padre Pio’s life and spirituality:

1. Eucharistic devotion

Statue of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina in Taormina – Gnuckx

“He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” (John 6:56)

Any account of Padre Pio’s life must start with Jesus.  His offering of the Mass often lasted hours, due to a few reasons.  In the early days of his priesthood, “he took so long because he was in ecstasy.  He once said that in this absorption in God, especially at the Consecration… he saw everyone who had asked his prayers.”  The pain of the stigmata he endured also elongated Mass.  Eye witnesses reported seeing Padre Pio struggle to move, in visible agony, and they even saw the crown of thorns on his head. 

One of his most famous quotes is: “it would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without the holy Mass.”  Taking a step back and looking at that more closely opens the door to a profound mystery.  The entire cosmos depends on the Mass as its sustenance.  We can learn two very important things about the Mass from Padre Pio.  First, the sacrificial nature of it.  

The Eucharist is a re-presentation and an entering into Our Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary.  Mystically, the Mass takes us into the eternal moment of His Passion, death, and resurrection.  Second, Padre Pio models for us in how we should approach Mass.  The more we approach the altar of the Lord with awe and love, the more we will appreciate it.  The more we appreciate it, the more the Eucharist will transform our lives.

2. Devotion to Our Lady

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

Padre Pio had a great love for Our Lady.  In a letter from 1913, his affection is clearly seen: “here we are at last in the month of our beautiful Mother once again…. This dear Mother continues to lavish her maternal care upon me, especially during the present month.  She takes care of me to an exceeding degree…. I am all aflame although there is no fire.  I feel myself held fast and bound to the Son by means of this Mother…. I’d like to fly off to invite all creatures to love Jesus and Mary.”

He rarely slept more than a few hours and often spent his nights praying the rosary.  He usually offered those rosaries for those that had asked for his prayers.  On top of its intercessory powers, the rosary was Padre Pio’s only consolation.

He named the rosary “the weapon for these times.”  The reason why the rosary is one of our greatest assets is that “it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety… it is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb.”  The rosary is a beautiful prayer that’s meant to unite us to our Heavenly Mother, who in turn brings us to Jesus. 

3. Confession

“I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)

In the early days of his priestly ministry, Padre Pio often spent lengthy times in the confessional.  Once his reputation spread, his confession lines grew until the average waiting time was ten days.  It got to the point that the Capuchins implemented a ticketing system starting in 1950.  Despite his fame and demand on his time, he had a remarkable way of focusing on each penitent as they came to be healed from sin.  We have a testament to the importance of confession by the sheer amount of time he spent hearing confessions.  Some days, he spent fifteen to nineteen hours in the confessional. 

Confessing to a priest who has the charism of reading souls might seem interesting, maybe attractive—in reality, it was humbling for many.  Padre Pio was not afraid to be gruff or confrontational to impenitent souls!  He once called a man a pig and told him to get out of his confessional.  He knew penitents’ sins better than the penitents themselves, and called out anyone trying to hide something.  If you haven’t been to confession in years, go.  Ask Padre Pio’s intercession and run to Christ who can give healing and forgiveness!

4. Humility

“The Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:28)

For those that struggle with pride, try reading any story about Padre Pio and not feeling a sense of conviction.  One such story occurred in the earlier days of his ministry at San Giovanni Rotundo.  At the time, a priest wrote a libelous pamphlet about Padre Pio.  That priest later wound up in prison for other reasons; upon his release, he sought out Padre Pio.  The saint ran out to meet the priest, just as the prodigal’s father ran out to meet his son (Luke 15:11-31).  Padre Pio withstood countless attacks from inside and outside the Church.  Some claimed his stigmata was a clever fake, and associated all sorts of mental illnesses with him.  No matter what happened, Padre Pio embraced every hardship in true Christian charity.

Through the grace of God, Padre Pio has effected a tremendous amount of spiritual good.  St. John Paul II highlighted Padre Pio’s humility, saying that “difficulties and sorrows, if accepted out of love, are transformed into a privileged way of holiness, which opens onto the horizons of a greater good, known only to the Lord.”  Each of our paths to holiness is different, but the means of getting there is the same for everyone: by grace following Christ and taking His will and cross as our own.  Look at the astounding things God can do with a soul so devoted to Him!

5. Poverty

St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness – Guido Reni

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matt 6:28-29)

Padre Pio devoted himself to the discipline of poverty; he took it so seriously that he initially refused to have a picture of Our Lady in his cell.  Only in obedience to his superiors did he hang the painting above his bed.  He refused a more comfortable chair in his confessional, as well as a heater during the winter.  The less material possessions he had meant the more room in his heart for Christ. 

Don’t think that Padre Pio wouldn’t want us to have a picture of Our Lady in our homes, however.  His refusal was based on his vow of poverty.  What we can learn from him on this point is the spiritual value of simplicity of life.  Simplicity would naturally look different for single people, married couples, parents, etc. than it would for a Capuchin monk.  Do you need a kick start to your spiritual life?  Try downsizing your possessions, appropriate to your state in life, and give them away/sell them and donate the money to the poor.  It’s wise to get the input of a trusted spiritual director, if one is available.  That haunting teaching from Our Lord is no less true for us than it was for Padre Pio: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt 6:21).

6. Fasting

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt 5:6)

While we’re accustomed to fasting primarily during Lent—something seasonal—Padre Pio saw it was mandatory in the spiritual life.  He fasted daily, eating sparingly as to offer up additional mortifications to Our Lord:

“As regards the mortification of the flesh, St. Paul warns us that those who belong to ‘Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.’ (Galatians 5:24)  From this holy apostle’s teaching, it is apparent that anyone who wants to be a true Christian, that is to say, who lives according to the true spirit of Jesus Christ, must mortify his flesh for no other reason than devotion to Jesus, who for love of us, mortified his entire body on the cross. The mortification must be constant and steady, not intermittent and it must last for one’s whole life.”      

The key point is “devotion to Jesus.”  Fasting shouldn’t come from a hatred of our body!  If it does, it won’t do anything to us other than make us hungry.  To deny ourselves of a worldly good enables us to better turn away from sin.  It’s an opportunity to take up our cross and follow our crucified Lord (see Matt 6:24).

7. Obedience

Moses with the Tablets of the Law – Rembrandt

“If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:10-11)

The final decade of Padre Pio’s life (the 1960s) was marked by protest and dissent in the Catholic world.  Sadly, his obedience was counter-cultural.  What Padre Pio knew was that the virtue of obedience is essential to following Christ.  It’s a message he probably repeated in the confessional over and over: turn away from sin and toward God.  That’s easy to say, but when it comes to obeying the will and commandments of God, it quickly turns into an arduous task. 

Lest we think that a mere pious platitude, this was a serious challenge for Padre Pio, especially in the early days of his ministry.  The Roman Curia was very skeptical of him, going so far as to ban him from offering Mass in public. The Congregation of the Holy Office (previous name of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) repeatedly investigated him and issued multiple decrees from 1923 until 1933 “that there is nothing supernatural in these matters and exhorts the faithful to comply with this accordingly.”  The sensationalism surrounding him was difficult to sift through for those in Rome, and it took years for them to see the saint before their eyes.  Pope Pius XI finally stepped in and lifted the ban in 1933.  He remarked to the local archbishop that “I have not been badly disposed toward Padre Pio, but I have been badly informed.”

Padre Pio serves as a great example for seeing past the emotional pain and pride that can be obstacles to obedience.

8. Battles with the devil

“For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12)

The devil is very real, and desires the damnation of every human soul.  He went after Padre Pio on every front he could.  Sometimes he appeared as an ugly animal to frighten him; as a naked woman to tempt him to lust; as one of his superiors to trick him; or as a heavenly figure, like Jesus, Our Lady, or St. Francis.  And, like St. John Vianney before him, the devil physically beat Padre Pio more than once.

The reality of spiritual warfare highlights the importance of all the virtues on this list that Padre Pio excelled in: humility, poverty, fasting, and obedience.  We should cultivate these virtues so to have them at our side on the day of temptation.  The prideful, opulent, selfish soul is easy prey for the devil.  In addition, we need to avail ourselves of key intercessors, like Our Lady and our guardian angel.  No matter our personal take on spiritual warfare, we should heed the word of one who knows: “The human soul is the battlefield between God and Satan… do not let the infernal beast frighten you.  God will fight it with you and for you.

9. Stigmata

“But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Gal 6:14)

This is a rare charism of only a handful of saints in the entire history of the Catholic Church.  The stigmatist bears the wounds of Christ: nail marks in the hands and feet, and the wound in the side from the spear.  Doctors tried to treat Padre Pio’s wounds, but neither the condition nor the pain ever improved.  Besides the five wounds of Christ, Padre Pio experienced additional marks of the Passion: the crown of thorns, scourging, and a shoulder wound.  Decades after his death, an encounter between Padre Pio and a young Fr. Karol Wojtyla was recounted.  Padre Pio said the most painful wound was in his shoulder; that is, the primary shoulder that the cross rested on.  As far as we know, the future pope was the only person Padre Pio told about this.

The stigmata is a mark of the glory of Christ, but it’s also a reminder of the intensity of Our Lord’s passion and death.  Padre Pio recounted the experience to his spiritual director at the time, Fr. Benedetto:

“The wound of the heart pours out blood profusely, especially from Thursday evening until Saturday.  My Father, I am dying from suffering, through the pain and the confusion I feel in my inmost soul.

He suffered excruciating pain willingly for the sake of Jesus.  Padre Pio “shared in the Passion with a special intensity:  the unique gifts which were given to him, and the interior and mystical sufferings which accompanied them, allowed him constantly to participate in the Lord’s agonies.”

10. Love of his spiritual children

“For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (1 Cor 4:15)

An incredible amount of people had a claim on Padre Pio’s love and affection.  He touched thousands of lives while on earth, and continues his work in heaven.  He helped preserve people from sin, kept them from harm, saved lives, and interceded for miraculous cures.  Members of my own family owe remarkable graces to his intercession.  He has a genuine love for all who come to him. 

He directed his spiritual children to Jesus in three steps.  First, they are to keep the commandments of the Church.  The second step is prayer—the basic prayers being a daily rosary and daily Mass.  The third and final step was to spend thirty minutes in meditation before the Blessed Sacrament on the truths of the faith.  That wouldn’t be the end, however!  If his children faithfully undertook that half hour, they would soon see that they needed more.

Do you need special help?  Or that extra bit of intercession to persevere in grace?  Call upon Padre Pio’s favor and join the myriads of his spiritual children.  “I shall stand at the gates of Paradise until all my spiritual children have entered.”

11. Relationship with his guardian angel

Cherubim – Viktor Vasnetsov

“For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” (Ps 91:11-12)

One of the things Padre Pio is known for is his relationship with his guardian angel.  He sent his angel on errands!  Or, the guardian angels of his spiritual children would serve as couriers of information to Padre Pio.  God gave this special grace to Padre Pio, of working with his guardian angel in a special way.  In a letter from 1913, he encouraged one of his spiritual children to develop a strong friendship with our guardian angel.  “How consoling it is to know that we have a spirit who, from the womb to the tomb, never leaves us even for an instant, not even when we dare to sin. And this heavenly spirit guides and protects us like a friend, a brother.”[xxv] 

To another, he wrote: “know that this good angel prays for you; offers to God all the good works you accomplish; your holy and pure desires.”  Let us follow Padre Pio’s advice and cultivate our relationship with our guardian angel!

12. Home for the Relief of Suffering

Modern medicine talks of holistic care, accepting the point that there is a need for spiritual healing that comes along with physical healing.  In this, Padre Pio was ahead of the times.  He successfully raised enough money to build the Home for the Relief of Suffering, which opened in 1956.   St. John Paul II noted that “he was quite aware that people who are ill and suffering need not only competent therapeutic care but also, and more importantly, a human and spiritual climate to help them rediscover themselves in an encounter with the love of God and with the kindness of their brothers and sisters.” Padre Pio visited the hospital himself, processing with the Blessed Sacrament on Corpus Christi.  The hospital still functions today and is administered by the Vatican.  

Padre Pio loved all of his children, and had a special compassion for the sick and suffering.  With the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and his own indefatigable spirit, the fruit of the hospital was born.  Let us all have such a response to those that suffer

Stigmatic Saints You Need To Know

Stigmatic Saints You Need To Know

Stigmata is a term used to describe the manifestations of bodily wounds, scars and pain in locations corresponding to the Crucifixion, wound of Jesus Christ, such as the hands, wrists, and feet. A person bearing the wounds of stigmata is referred to as a Stigmatist or a Stigmatic. Most stigmata give out recurring bleeding that stops and then starts, at times after receiving Holy Communion and a significant portion of stigmatics have shown a strong desire to frequently receive Holy Communion.Classically, Stigmata occur at as many as five locations of the Holy Wounds, which are the hands or wrists, feet, and side (often fatal), and other wounds endured during the Passion, includes wounds caused by a Crown of thorns, though generally invisible, whip lashings or scourging on the back, a wound at his rib, caused by a spear, or lance Nail holes in the wrists, or hands. Nail holes in the ankles, or feet. Formations of the flesh which is in form of nails.Some stigmatics most times feel the pain of wounds with no external marks; this type is referred as “invisible stigmata” Some stigmatics’ wounds don’t seem to clot and seem to stay fresh and uninfected. The blood from the injuries is said, in some cases, to have a pleasant, perfumed odor, known as the Odour of Sanctity. Others were formed through the tears of blood or sweating blood, and wounds to back as from Scourging.

Few of the Stigmata you need to know:

St. Francis of AssisiFeast Day: October 4.
He turns out to be the first recorded stigmatic in Christian history. He is the founder of the Franciscans and one of the great saints of the Catholic Church. St. Francis, as is common among stigmatics, was significantly inquisitive about realizing the suffering of Christ. When he was young, he was fun loving and not particularly pious, but two brushes with death showed him the frivolity of his ways and he became extremely pious. He wanted to know the suffering of Christ. His stigmata weren’t hurt, open wounds, but scars; his flesh took on the appearance of nails.

St. Padre Pio
Feast: September 23
One of the best-known stigmatics, St.Pio of Pietrelcina bore the stigmata for over fifty years. Being that Padre Pio lived during the 20th century, and his stigmata were studied by several 20th-century physicians, his stigmata were also studied under the scrutiny of contemporary medicine. Whereas, no one has been ready to realize a natural cause for his wounds. The observations were reportedly self-contradictory and therefore the wounds never became infected. His wounds healed once but reappeared later on.

St. Catherine of Siena
Feast: April 29
St. Catherine of Siena got the stigmata in 1375.
After she received Holy Communion at the Church of St.Christina, red rays shot out from the crucifix and punctured her. St.Catherine’s wounds were invisible to individuals aside from herself until she died.

St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
Feast: October 5
The Polish nun St. Faustina Kowalska is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, who was known for receiving the image of Divine Mercy and giving the church the prayer from Jesus Christ referred to as Chaplet of Divine Mercy. As a sign of her union with God, she also received the invisible stigmata in April 1936. Although invisible, the wounds remained with Faustina the rest of her relatively short life which is one among many graces from God.

St. Rita of Cascia (1381-1457)
Feast: May 22
St. Rita of Cascia received the stigmata 5 years before the end of her extraordinary life. After which she was widowed and lost her two sons, she entered the monastery of St.Mary Magdalene at Cascia, where she received the stigmata in the form of the wounds in her forehead from the Crown of Thorns after hearing a sermon in 1441 on the crown of thorns. Many witnessed a mysterious flash of light that came forth from this wound. Rita bore the stigma throughout her life.

St. Catherine of Siena
She was Dominican nun and Doctor of the Church. She received the wounds of the stigmata during a visit to Pisa in 1375. The wound is visible but it became hidden after Catherine prayed to Jesus that he should remove them so she would not be a subject of sensationalism for others. God granted her request.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Doctor of the Church and author of various mystical classics such as Autobiography (1565), The Way of Perfection (1573), and the Interior Castle (1577), received a stigma of the heart known as transverberation. Her wound was examined in 1872 by three physicians from the University of Salamanca and was verified as a puncture of the heart.

St. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903)
She received the sacred stigmata on the 8th of June, 1899. At this point, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her along with her Son, Jesus. Gemma saw flames of fire issuing forth from our Lord’s wounds, which suddenly appeared on her own body in the exact locations as the wounds of Christ. Not too eager to become a showpiece for others, Gemma asked our Lord to remove the visible wounds. Her request was granted. But, she didn’t really lose her wounds at all; rather, they became invisible and lasted for succeeding 3 years till her death.

Saint Christina of Stommeln
She received wounds on her hands, feet, forehead, and side. According to legend, her wounds bled every Easter.

St. Padre Pio On How to Listen to Your Guardian Angel – A Must Read

St. Padre Pio On How to Listen to Your Guardian Angel – A Must Read

Don’t forget this invisible, ever-present companion, who is always ready to console us

Padre Pio had encounters with angels throughout his life and got to know them very well. He also received interior locutions; he had to discern from whom they came and how he ought to react to them.

In a letter he wrote on July 15, 1913, to Annita, he gives her (and us) invaluable advice regarding how to act in relation to our guardian angel, locutions, and prayer.

Dear daughter of Jesus,

May your heart always be a temple of the Holy Spirit. May Jesus increase the fire of his love in your soul and may he always smile upon you, as he does on all the souls that he loves. May Mary Most Holy smile upon you during all the events of your life, and abundantly make up for the absence of your earthly mother.

May your good guardian angel always watch over you, and be your guide on the rough path of life. May he always keep you in the grace of Jesus and hold you up with his hands so that you may not hurt your foot on a stone. May he protect you under his wings from all the deceits of the world, the devil and the flesh.

Have great devotion, Annita, to this beneficent angel. How consoling it is to know that we have a spirit who, from the womb to the tomb, never leaves us even for an instant, not even when we dare to sin. And this heavenly spirit guides and protects us like a friend, a brother.

But it is very consoling to know that this angel prays unceasingly for us, and offers God all of our good actions, our thoughts, and our desires, if they are pure.

Oh! For goodness’ sake, don’t forget this invisible companion, ever present, ever disposed to listen to us and even more ready to console us. Oh, wonderful intimacy! Oh, blessed companionship! If only we could understand it! Keep him always before your mind’s eye. Remember this angel’s presence often, thank him, pray to him, always keep up a good relationship. Open yourself up to him and confide your suffering to him.Be always afraid of offending the purity of his gaze. Know this, and keep it well present in your mind. He is easily offended, very sensitive. Turn to him in moments of supreme anguish and you will experience his beneficent help.

Never say that you are alone in the battle against your enemies; never say that you have no one to whom you can open your heart and confide. It would be a grave injustice to this heavenly messenger.

Regarding interior locutions, don’t worry; stay calm. What you must avoid is your heart becoming attached to these locutions. Don’t give them too much importance; show that you are indifferent. You should neither scorn nor love or desire such things. Always respond to these voices thus: “Jesus, if it is you who are talking to me, let me see the facts and effects of your words, that is to say, holy virtue in me.”

Humble yourself before the Lord and trust in him; spend your energy, with the help of divine grace, in the practice of the virtues, and then let grace work in you as God desires. The virtues are what sanctify the soul and not supernatural phenomena.

And don’t confuse yourself trying to understand which locutions come from God. If God is their author, one of the principle signs is that as soon as you hear those voices, they fill your soul with fear and confusion, but then, they leave you in a divine peace. On the contrary, when the author of the interior locutions is the enemy, they begin with a false security, followed by agitation and indescribable malaise.

I have absolutely no doubt that God is the author of the locutions, but we must be very cautious because often the enemy mixes in a great deal of his own work with them. But this should not scare you: this is a test to which even the greatest saints and most enlightened souls were subjected, and yet they were acceptable in the eyes of the Lord. You must simply be careful not to believe in these locutions too easily, above all dealing with those that are related to how you must act and what you must do. You should receive them and submit them to the judgment of your director and resign yourself to accept his decision.

Therefore, it is best to receive the locutions with great caution and humble and constant indifference. Act in this way and everything will increase your merit before the Lord. Don’t worry about your soul; Jesus loves you very much. Try to correspond to this love by progressing more and more in holiness before God and men.

Pray out loud as well; the time has not yet come to abandon these prayers. Support the difficulties you experience when doing this with patience and humility. Also be ready to suffer distractions and dryness, and you must not, under any circumstances, abandon prayer and meditation. It is the Lord who wants to treat you this way for your spiritual advantage.

Forgive me if I end here. Only God knows how difficult it has been for me to write this letter. I am very sick. Pray much that the Lord may desire to free me from this body soon.

I bless you, together with the excellent Francesca. May you live and die in the arms of Jesus.

P. Pio

Source: Foros de la Virgen



Secrets Of The Saints: 5 Powerful Prayers To Jesus In The Eucharist

Secrets Of The Saints: 5 Powerful Prayers To Jesus In The Eucharist

Powerful Prayers To Jesus In The Eucharist

The saints are unanimous in centering their lives on Jesus in the Eucharist. From their deep interior devotion, some of them composed prayers, left as examples for the rest of us. The five prayers below are words for us when don’t know what we ought to say.

Maybe try praying one of them today!

1) St. Ignatius of Loyola – Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee.
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee.
Forever and ever. Amen.

2) St. Catherine of Siena – A Prayer to Jesus in the Eucharist

O boundless charity!
Just as you gave us yourself,
wholly God and wholly man,
so you left us all of yourself as food
so that while we are pilgrims in this life
we might not collapse in our weariness
but be strengthened by you, heavenly food.

O mercenary people!
And what has your God left you?
He has left you himself,
wholly God and wholly man,
hidden under the whiteness of this bread.

O fire of love!
Was it not enough to gift us
with creation in your image and likeness,
and to create us anew to grace in your Son’s blood,
without giving us yourself as food,
the whole of divine being,
the whole of God?

What drove you?
Nothing but your charity,
mad with love as you are!

3) St. Bonaventure – Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee

Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, mine inmost soul with the most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, with true, serene, and most holy apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with love and longing for Thee, that it may yearn for Thee and faint for Thy courts, and long to be dissolved and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the bread of angels, the refreshment of holy souls, our daily and supersubstantial bread, having all sweetness and savor and every delight of taste.

Let my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, whom the angels desire to look upon, and may my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savor.

May it ever thirst after Thee, the fountain of life, the fountain of wisdom and knowledge, the fountain of eternal light, the torrent of pleasure, the richness of the house of God.

May it ever compass Thee, seek Thee, find Thee, run to Thee, attain to Thee, meditate upon Thee, speak of Thee, and do all things to the praise and glory of Thy Holy name, with humility and discretion, with love and delight, with readiness and affection, and with perseverance unto the end.

Be Thou alone ever my hope and my whole confidence, my riches, my delight, my pleasure and my joy; my rest and tranquility; my peace, my sweetness and my fragrance; my sweet savor, my food and refreshment; my refuge and my help; my wisdom, my portion, my possession and my treasure, in whom may my mind and my heart be ever fixed and firm, and rooted immovably. Amen.

4) St. Padre Pio – Prayer After Holy Communion

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity.

Amen.

5) St. Alphonsus Liguori – To Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

My Lord Jesus Christ, Who, through the love which You bear toward men, does remain with them day and night in this Sacrament, full of mercy and love, awaiting, inviting and receiving all who come to visit You, I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar.

From the abyss of my nothingness, I adore You. I thank You for all the graces which You have bestowed upon me, particularly for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given my Your most holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this church.

I pay my homage to Your most loving Heart for these three ends: first in thanksgiving for this great Gift; second to make amends to You for all the outrages which You do receive in this Sacrament from all Your enemies; third I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are present in this Sacrament and in which You are the least honored and the most abandoned.

My Jesus, I love You with my whole heart. I am sorry for having offended Your infinite goodness so many times. I purpose, with the help of Your grace, never more to offend You; and, at this moment, mniserable as I am, I consecrate my whole being to You.

I give You my entire will, all my affections and desires and all that I have. From this day forward, do what You will with me and with everything that belongs to me.

I ask and desire only Your holy love, the gift of final perseverance and the perfect fulfillment of Your will. I commend to You the souls in Purgatory, particularly those who were most devoted to the Most Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary; and I also commend to You all poor sinners.

Finally, my dear Savior, I unite all my affections with the affections of Your most loving Heart; and thus united, I offer them to Your Eternal Father, and I entreat Him, in Your Name and for Your sake, to accept and answer them.

Amen.

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