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Padre Pio's Spiritual Direction for Every Day

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Padre Pio's Spiritual Direction for Every Day

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Average Rating: This item received 4 1/2 stars overall.

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Gianluigi Pasquale
Translated by Marsha Daigle-Williamson, PH.D.

Translated from the Italian version, here is a wonderful collection of 365 letters written by Padre Pio, providing spiritual wisdom and advice to both laypeople and priests. Some of the letters are also between Padre Pio and his own spiritual directors, providing a unique window into the spiritual life and struggles of this beloved contemporary saint. For anyone who is seeking to grow in faith and devotion to God, this is a book to use throughout the year.

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This item received 4 stars overall. Very good book and a wonderful way to learn about Padre Pio's spirituality while deepening one's own

Normally, I don't like books like Padre Pio's Spiritual Direction for Every Day.  When I originally selected the book, I thought for some reason that it contained full essays or letters.  However, when I took it out of its box and opened it, I was mildly annoyed to find that it contained, instead, a snippet from his letters to others, one for each day.  The reason why I normally don't like this is because one loses all context in works like these.  How do I know the meaning I gain from the paragraph or the line is the meaning intended by the author if I don't have the entire work?  (I think this stems from my hate of abridged work.)
However, this isn't so much the case with this book.  The selections for each day are large enough to make the reader feel safe that he/she is understanding them in context Full Review...

This item received 5 stars overall. Daily excerpts of St. Pio's writings to strengthen your prayer life.

Padre Pio's Spiritual Direction for Every Day contains excerpts one or two paragraphs long for every day of the year to guide you in your spiritual life and living the faith. It is sad that St. Pio of Pietrelcina wasn't allowed to write very much and left us only with a collection of letters. Fortunately, since his letters were generally written to his spiritual children to guide them in their lives, his letters are perfect for a context such as this book. Since his spiritual children find themselves in a wide variety of circumstances, his advice throughout the book covers many different situations accross all parts of the spiritual life. St. Pio's advice ranges from promoting pious reading (primarily the Scriptures and the writings of the saints), to meditations on various feasts, to events from the lives of the saints to help people live the Faith in their everyday l Full Review...

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