The stories surrounding St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) are truly amazing and numerous. Padre Pio became well known during his life and after his death in 1968 from the countless miracles worked through him.
For example, he bore the wounds of Christ (the Stigmata) for 50 years, and received spiritual gifts and charisms including the gift of healing, bilocation, prophecy, miracles, discernment of spirits, the ability to read hearts, the gift of tongues (the ability to speak and understand languages that he had never studied), the gift of conversions, the grace to see angelic beings in form, and the fragrance which emanated from his wounds and which frequently announced his invisible presence.
If you’ve never heard of Padre Pio, it can all seem pretty crazy. And, it’s too easy to get caught up in the sensationalism of it all. But, even Padre Pio knew that what was far more important than the gifts was the Giver Himself.
The foundation of his incredible faith was prayer, the Sacraments, and serving others. And, this is where we are called to model him. Fortunately, Padre Pio wrote ten principles for daily living. It may be surprising how simple these points are, but we can ask ourselves – where are we falling short?
- Put your trust in Christ as your personal savior.
- Know that you have no righteousness of you own.
- Remember that good works come only through Christ
- Recognize that the devil is a real individual, bent on destroying you, but do not fear him.
- Always pray to God and say, in every circumstance, “Thy will be done.”
- Love the Cross.
- Offer every action up to God.
- Never worry.
- Aspire to the heavenly prize.
- Rejoice in the Lord.
We may not be called to work such wondrous miracles like Padre Pio, but we are called to give ourselves wholly to God like him.