Wednesday, May 30, 2007

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: Trials and Afflictions

"Our present life is given only to gain the eternal one and if we don't think about it, we build our affections on what belongs to this world, where our life is transitory. When we have to leave it we are afraid and become agitated. Believe me, to live happily in this pilgrimage, we have to aim at the hope of arriving at our Homeland, where we will stay eternally. Meanwhile we have to believe firmly that God calls us to Himself and follows us along the path towards Him. He will never permit anything to happen to us that is not for our greater good. He knows who we are and He will hold out His paternal hand to us during difficulties, so that nothing prevents us from running to Him swiftly. But to enjoy this grace we must have complete trust in Him."

"The more you are afflicted, the more you ought to rejoice, because in the fire of tribulation the soul will become pure gold, worthy to be placed and to shine in the heavenly palace."
~ St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina


paramedicgirl said...

I love Padre Pio! I have read several books about him, but the best one was by Frank Regga, called "The Holy Man on the Mountain." it's about his special relationship with Americans, and was published in 2004, I think.

Leticia said...

So do I!
His life certainly contained plenty of opportunities to rejoice, didn't it?
He was human, however, I heard a story that an Italian woman once wished him 'cien d'anni'(may you live 100 years)for his birthday, and he rebuked her, saying, "why do you want me to suffer so?"