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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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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...


St. Padre Pio

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/23

 Francesco Forgione
 Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
 Pio of Pietrelcina
23 September
Born to a southern Italian farm family, the son of Grazio, a shepherd. At age 15 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars in Morcone, and joined the order at age 19. Suffered several health problems, and at one point his family thought he had tuberculosis. Ordained at age 22 on 10 August 1910.

While praying before a cross, he received the stigmata on 20 September 1918, the first priest ever to be so blessed. As word spread, especially after American soldiers brought home stories of Padre Pio following WWII, the priest himself became a point of pilgrimage for both the pious and the curious. He would hear confessions by the hour, reportedly able to read the consciences of those who held back. Reportedly able to bilocate, levitate, and heal by touch. Founded the House for the Relief of Suffering in 1956, a hospital that serves 60,000 a year. In the 1920's he started a series of prayer groups that continue today with over 400,000 members worldwide.

His canonization miracle involved the cure of Matteo Pio Colella, age 7, the son of a doctor who works in the House for Relief of Suffering, the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo founded by Padre Pio. On the night of 20 June 2000, Matteo was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital with meningitis. By morning doctors had lost hope for him as nine of the boy´s internal organs had ceased to give signs of life. That night, during a prayer vigil attended by Matteo´s mother and some Capuchin friars of Padre Pio´s monastery, the child's condition improved suddenly. When he awoke from the coma, Matteo said that he had seen an elderly man with a white beard and a long, brown habit, who said to him: "Don´t worry, you will soon be cured." The miracle was approved by the Congregation and Pope John Paul II on 20 December 2001.
25 May 1887 at Pietrelcina, Benevento, Italy as Francesco Forgione
23 September 1968 of natural causes

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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