Padre Pio had always looked forward to the end of his earthly pilgrimage.
He longed to return to his true home, Heaven, where he could be united to God for eternity. He wrote a letter to Padre Agostino and said:
“Living here below is wearisome to me, my dear Father. It is such a bitter torment to me to live in exile that I can hardly go on any longer. The thought that at any moment I could lose Jesus terrifies me in a way I cannot explain. (Letters I)”
Not long before Padre Pio passed away, he spoke to Brother Modestino Fucci and asked him to assist him with his prayers. “But Spiritual Father,” Brother Modestino said, “it is you who must pray for me.” Padre Pio answered him, “My son, I tell you that the justice of God is severe. Pray for me.” Brother Modestino understood then that Padre Pio was speaking of his death.