Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
A collection of books about Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, world-famous stigmatist, who spoke simple words of Christian encouragement and inspiration to all who approached him seeking counsel.
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, affectionately known as Padre Pio, was a humble peasant and world-famous stigmatist who spoke simple words of Christian encouragement and inspiration to all who approached him seeking counsel. This biographical sketch and collection of memorable sayings is a compact and accessible introduction to the life and message of one of the great religious figures of the 20th century.
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina--probably best known as Padre Pio--knew with complete certainty that at all times his place was beside Jesus, whether it be Jesus the suffering servant or Jesus the innocent babe. Providing some pre-Advent counsel, he wrote, "[O]ne thing only is necessary, to be close to Jesus…." This was his lifelong quest, and his premier advice to all of his spiritual children. "Be close to Jesus." It is good counsel for all of us as we experience another Advent. Perhaps in God's presence we are shy and reticent, or nervous and talkative, or fearful and belligerent, or brave and boastful. Does it really matter what we say or feel, or if we say or feel anything? Saint Pio's continuing message to us is that only one thing counts: that we find a way to be with Jesus. This Advent, let us join Padre Pio as he hastens to the God-Child, heeding the angels and following the star, to experience God's nearness, where anything and everything are possible.
Drawn from Padre Pio's letters, these twenty-eight reflections will lead you day by day through the Advent season. Eloquent quotes are paired with beautiful Scriptures on the themes of the season-hope, longing, love, expectation, humility, faith, courage, trust, new life, and more. Spend a few quiet moments of each day praying with this great Italian saint and mystic.
The quotations found within the pages of Lenten Meditations with Saint Pio of Pietrelcina are drawn from his own letters, allowing readers to accompany him on his Advent journey. Daily excerpts are paired with inspiring Scripture passages that navigate readers through the themes of the season—patience, hope, humility, and joy. Spending a few moments each day with Saint Pio will help prepare the heart to receive the Savior this Lenten season.
This pamphlet series gives busy Catholics the opportunity to turn everything off for an hour and spend time with the wisdom of a canonized saint or revered religious leader, creating a time of reflection, recollection, learning, contemplation, and prayer.