Sometimes we have this need to pray where we would like to be in solitude. We can experience solitude taking a quiet walk in the forest; we can journey great distances like a pilgrim; we can even separate ourselves from a crowd and take a moment to be alone. Of course, there is the Church where we can place ourselves in front of the Blessed Sacrament and unite ourselves with Jesus, heart to heart.
This past summer I went to San Giovanni Rotondo to pray before St. Padre Pio’s relics. Even though the crypt had people sitting on the pews, kneeling before the St. Padre Pio’s remains, and standing in prayer, the crypt felt incredibly silent while packed with prayer. Silent prayer. The people arrived with petitions, thanksgiving, and acts of veneration. God has given us a Saint – a Saint in our midst to strengthen us and to guide us. St. Padre Pio does what every Saint is meant to do: lead us to greater sanctity by their intercession and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Like each of us, each saint has a story. The story of the Saint is shaped by two fundamental principles: Truth and Love. The prayers from the Vigil of St. Padre Pio (Sept 22) focus precisely on these qualities of the life of the Saint: to burn with love, to be driven by truth.
Adriatic coast descends…dry
rocky hills – small town gem,
La Madonna delle Grazie.
Tucked in San Giovanni Rotondo
treasures hidden, secrets kept
Son of Italy, son of St. Francis
consolation, hope to pilgrims brought.
Gargano’s silence no longer felt –
news spreads – signs…works…
Belief – devotion – prayer,
life of a boy united with Christ
Satan rejected, holiness embraced.
Friar’s flesh reveals Divine love.
Sacred Heart he probed
in his Capuchin robes, confessional still stands
by humble sinners visited – waiting…
touch of sanctity – peace restored.
On this day Pope John Paul II proclaims:
modern mystic, wounded he suffered
to bring Redeemer’s love:
Saint of all people, Padre Pio
Book: Roman Incense - Journey to God | Page 19
Author: Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.
This poem was posted for St. Mary's Padre Pio Prayer Group with permission from the author Fr. David Bellusci, O.P.