September 23 – Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: Unofficial Patron Saint of Stress Relief

Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Unofficial Patron Saint of Stress Relief (Feast Date: September 23)

(b. May 25, 1887) (d. Sept 23, 1968) Extract from St Padre Pio: “Born in Pietrelcina, Benevonto, Italy. Padre Pio was baptized Francesco Forgione. He took the habit of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (age 15), entering the novitiate and taking the name Pio. Padre Pio was ordained to the priesthood in the chapel of the Archbishop of Benevento on September 1910. Received the stigmata visibly for a short time. He begged God to take them away. He confided it only to his spiritual director in November 1911. Supernatural phenomenon came to the attention of his superiors when he was observed in ecstasy. Between August 5-7, Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ appeared and pierced his side. As a result of this experience, Padre Pio had a physical wound in his side. This occurrence is considered as a “transverberation” or piercing of the heart indicating the union of love with God. He died September 23, 1968 at 2:30 a.m. in his cell. As Padre Pio had foretold, he lived sickly but died healthy, with the stigmata healed. “

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 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Anxiety resulting from Bombings in Iraq (March 2009) (Asia)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 16 – March 29, 2009.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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