Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, enlightened guide and master of the spirit, is the great figure of our age, one who listens, encourages, upholds, and safely guides the people of God on the paths of truth and holiness.

Padre Pio’s life is an extraordinary divine calling and a wondrous human response. It is marked by love, prayer, and solitude. It is lived following the teaching of St. Francis, a tangible example of life in Christ and an earthly model to emulate.

Through prayer Padre Pio led thousands of souls to God; he brought scientists, artists, and politicians to Christ. His apostolate and preaching were his God-filled silence and his immolation in the confessional. Padre Pio lived the priesthood as a mission; he welcomed penitents and led their souls on the straight path. He loved and followed his children with limitless mercy. His words, decisive and resolute, penetrated the inner recesses of souls to rouse them and free them from evil, in order to build up the new man.

Deeply humble, a worthy son of St. Francis, a clear image of Christ, in life Padre Pio wondrously concealed the mysteries of his interior world: stigmata, charisms, healings, miracles, and his entire spiritual way towards Christ.

Padre Pio and Prayer

Padre Pio’s love for Jesus Christ and his Church was nourished each day by prayer and made fruitful by the physical suffering that accompanied him throughout his life. This suffering united him closely to Our Lord’s Passion. This suffering made him a partaker in the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our mother.

Padre Pio entrusted his life to Christ and followed him on the Cross. His days on earth were a continual dialogue with God through prayer. Continual prayer: night and day, alone and with the faithful, but above all in difficult moments: indeed, the darker the horizon, the more intense was his prayer. Padre Pio’s prayer also involved times of adoration, Marian devotions, and the recitation of the Holy Rosary. Padre Pio defined himself as none other than "a poor friar who prays".

Padre Pio of Pietrelcina experienced the joy that comes from doing God’s will, and he himself was a sign of God’s love, an instrument of divine grace, and our intercessor before the Almighty. Retracing the steps of the interior life of Padre Pio, this holy priest and perfect victim, we find the heavenly traits of God’s work carried out in his soul and body.

Holiness means to be superior to ourselves, it means perfect victory over all our passions; it means to prefer poverty to riches, humiliation to glory, pain to pleasure. Holiness is to love our neighbor as ourselves for love of God. Thus wrote Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.