“Pray, hope, and don’t worry! Worry is useless. God is
merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we
have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not
only with your lips but with your heart. In fact, on certain
occasions, you should speak to Him only with your heart.”
~ Saint (Padre) Pio
Priests Padre Pio official
website (view in Italian or English)
- The Padre Pio
Foundation of America
- Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: The Priest
Padre Pio Devotions
website which is dedicated to the life and spirituality of St. Pio.
It includes the quarterly publication "Pray, Hope, and Don't
Worry", a photo gallery, testimonials, Padre Pio's voice, his words
of hope, prayers, and more.
Pray, Hope and
Don’t Worry. An article on St. Pio's life and San Giovanni
Rotondo, from Catholic Education Resource CentreUK National Shrine of
Padre Pio (Wales)
"First stigmatized priest in the
history of the Catholic Church"
SAINT PADRE PIO (Francesco Forgione) was born on May 25, 1887
in Pietrelcina, Italy. As a child, he showed extraordinary signs of
devotion to God. At five years of age, he dedicated himself to God.
He was able to see his guardian angel and had visits from Jesus and
the Virgin Mary as a young boy.
At the age of sixteen he was admitted into the Franciscan Capuchins
as a novitiate. His fellow brothers recognized in him his great
love of prayer and his great love for God. On August 10, 1910, at
the age of twenty-three, he was ordained a priest. His parishioners
were very impressed by his holiness and sought his counsel often.
After two years of being a priest, he offered himself as a victim
soul for the poor souls in purgatory and God sent him many physical
ailments and suffering which Padre Pio offered up for the release
of the poor souls in purgatory. He suffered throughout his entire
life from temptations, attacks from demons and from physical
At the age of thirty-one, in 1918, he received the stigmata (the
wounds of Christ) from God, after celebrating morning Mass, while
praying before the crucifix. He became the first Catholic priest in
the history of the church to receive them. He had five wounds, in
his hands, in his feet and in his side. God gave him many spiritual
gifts including the gift of healing, bilocation (being in two
different places at the same time), prophecy, miracles, the ability
to speak in several languages, the ability to read hearts and a
heavenly fragrance which emanated from his stigmatized wounds. He
never sought out these gifts and did not know why God gave them to
Every morning he woke up at 2:30 a.m. and began to pray the rosary
and made preparations for the upcoming daily Mass. He ate very
little food each day, barely enough to survive on. He heard many
confessions throughout each day. Sometimes he would hear
confessions 16 hours a day. People would wait two weeks to go to
confession to him.
He spent most of his time in the monastery and completely avoided
listening to the radio, reading the newspaper and watching
television. He warned people against watching television. In the
monastery he lived a life a complete poverty and avoided attachment
to possessions and other comforts.
News about his holiness spread throughout the world and millions of
people sought him out, many attending his Masses. He brought about
the conversion of thousands of souls, he freed thousands of souls
from purgatory and he healed many sick people. On September 23,
1968 at the age of eighty-one, he died. With millions of onlookers,
Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio, making him a saint on June
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Are you ill or is a friend or relative of
yours ill? Today ask Saint Padre Pio to ask God for healing for the
sick. Saint Padre Pio, please pray for (state your prayer
Prayer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina after Holy
Stay with me, Lord.
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
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in
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, for 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, 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
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all it's 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
Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I
do not merit it, but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this
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.
A Prayer to Padre Pio
Beloved Padre Pio, today I come to add my prayer to the
thousands of prayers offered to you every day by those who love and
venerate you. They ask for cures and healings, earthly and
spiritual blessings, and peace for body and mind. And because of
your friendship with the Lord, he heals those you ask to be healed,
and forgives those you forgive.
Through your visible wounds of the Cross, which you bore for 50
years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the crucified Jesus.
Because the Cross has been replaced by other symbols, please help
us to bring it back in our midst, for we acknowledge it is the only
true sign of salvation.
As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet
and side, we not only remember the blood you shed in pain, but your
smile, and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that
surrounded your presence, the perfume of sanctity.
Padre Pio, may the healings of the sick become the testimony
that the Lord has invited you to join the holy company of Saints.
In your kindness, please help me with my own special request:
(mention here your petition, and make the sign of the
Bless me and my loved ones. In the name of the Father, the Son
and the Holy Spirit. Amen.."
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