Feast of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
Padre Pio, as we all still call him, is a modern saint of our times. There is so much known about him, his writings, his miracles and his holiness. He is one of those great men who had an immense impact on those he met. As you would expect, nowadays there are several websites devoted to the saint and they are well worth a read.
We all have our favourite stories about saints. In the case of St Pio what I always think of is the fact that so many people who attended his Mass would not see the time going in. He always took a couple of hours to say Mass and yet invariably the people would come out thinking that they were in there for just a few minutes.
“From age to age you shall gather a people to yourself,” is a line form the 3rd Eucharistic prayer. In Padre Pio we see an example of a person in whom you worked in such a way that not even the world with all its hatred of God, could deny his goodness and love.
Pope John Paul II and Mother Theresa were also examples of this kind as is Pope Francis. One of the things that helps me the most is that I know that as I sit and read this somewhere in the world God is now preparing another such person.
God, as he has shown many times, will raise people of the truth in places and at times that we don’t expect them, he will not be out done.
As an old priest friend of mine used to say, “Our God is a great God,” and he will show it to us in many ways.