Some not well known prophecies from Saints for these times,

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Padre Pio (1887-1968)

St Padre Pio

Almost sixty years ago, Padre Pio first met Father Luigi Villa, whom he entreated to devote his entire life to fight Ecclesiastical Freemasonry. Padre Pio told Father Villa that Our Lord had designs upon him and had chosen him to be educated and trained to fight Freemasonry within the Church. The Saint spelled out this task in three meetings with Father Villa, which took place in the last fifteen years of life of Padre Pio. At the close of the second meeting [second half of 1963], Padre Pio embraced Father Villa three times, saying to him:

‘Be brave, now…for the Church has already been invaded by Freemasonry!’ and then stated: ‘Freemasonry has already made it into the loafers (shoes) of the Pope!’ At the time, the reigning “Pope” was Paul VI and of course a Freemason, according to the 1917 Code of Canon Law, cannot be a Catholic as you are automatically excommunicated. “Persons joining associations of the Masonic sect or any others of the same kind which plot against the Church and legitimate civil authorities contract, ipso facto, excommunication simply reserved to the Apostolic See”-Canon Law 2335. (1917)

St. Antony of Egypt (251-356)

“Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day’s problems. When the Church and the World are one, then those days are at hand. Because our Divine Master placed a barrier between His things and the things of the world.”
“A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying: ‘You are mad; you are not like us.'”

St. Athanasius (296-373)

St. Athanasius (A.D. 296 – A.D. 2 May 373), known as the “Father of Orthodoxy,” was Bishop of Alexandria at the height of the power of the Arians who denied the two natures of Christ (i.e., they denied His Divinity). The Arians gained great influence in the Church, their power becoming so vast that the majority of Bishops could be described as Arian. He was excommunicated by Pope Liberius, driven from his see by a heretic usurper and spent his life in and out of exile.

St. Athanasius, to whom it was objected, “You have the bishops against you,” answered with Faith: “that proves that they are all against the Church. If the world goes against the truth, then Athanasius goes against the world.”Athanasius contra mundum

“God has promised to be like a wall of fire round those who rightly believe in Him.”

“Catholics who remain faithful to Tradition even if they are reduced to but a handful, they are the True Church of Jesus Christ.”

“May God console you!...What saddens you…is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises, but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: What is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in this struggle? The one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith?”

St. Ambrose (340-397)

“Even heretics appear to possess Christ, for none of them denies the name of Christ. Still, anyone who does not confess everything that pertains to Christ does in fact deny Christ.”

St. John Chrysostom (347-407)

What excuse shall he have, what mercy can be hoped for, who corrupts the adorable and ineffable dogmas of our faith?”
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St. Columba (521-597)

“Hearken, hearken to what will happen in the latter days of the world! There will be great wars; unjust laws will be enacted; the Church will be despoiled of her property; people will read and write a great deal; but charity and humility will be laughed to scorn, and the common people will believe in false ideas.”

St. Vincent of Lérins (†445)

“When a foulness invades the whole Church . . . We must return to the Church of the past.”

He also stated in 490 AD: “In the Catholic Church herself every care must be taken that we may hold fast to that which has been believed everywhere, always, and by all. For this is truly and properly Catholic.”

“All novelty in faith is a sure mark of heresy. St. Paul cried out aloud, again and again, to all men to all times, and to all places that, if anyone announces a new dogma, let him be anathematized!”

St. Dominic (1170-1221)

Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Dominic, “One Day through the Rosary and Scapular I will save the World”–  Our Lady would confirm this warning at Fatima (1917) by appearing as Our Lady of the Rosary and ending these apparitions as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel wearing the brown habit of the Carmelites and holding the Brown Scapular.

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

“We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent! Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues. I see that the world is rotten because of silence.”

 

St. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419)

“Armies from the West, East, and North will fight together in Italy, and the Eagle shall capture the false king, and all things shall be made obedient unto him, and there shall be a new reformation in the world.”

” In the days of peace that are to come after the desolation of revolutions and wars, before the end of the world Christians will become so lax in their religion that they will refuse the sacrament of Confirmation, saying that it is unnecessary. And when the false prophet, the precursor of Antichrist, comes, all who are not confirmed will apostatize, while those who are confirmed will stand fast in their faith, and only a few will renounce Christ.”

St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621)

“A pope who is a manifest heretic automatically (per se) ceases to be pope and head, just as he ceases automatically to be a Christian and a member of the Church. Wherefore, he can be judged and punished by the Church. This is the teaching of the ancient Fathers who teach that manifest heretics immediately lose all jurisdiction.”, De Romano Pontifice, II.30 [citing passages from Cyprian, Driedonus, and Melchoir Cano in support of his position]

“And we ourselves experience this, that when we enter ornate and clean Basilicas, adorned with crosses, sacred images, altars, and burning lamps, we most easily conceive devotion. But, on the other hand, when we enter the temples of the heretics, where there is nothing except a chair for preaching and a wooden table for making a meal, we feel ourselves to be entering a profane hall and not the house of God.Octava Controversia Generalis, liber II, Controversia Quinta, caput XXXI.

St. Peter Canisius (1521-1597)

“Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.”

St. Nicholas von Flue (1417-1487)

The Church will be punished because the majority of Her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until She will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, She will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.”

St. Thomas More (1478-1535)

“I do not care if I have against me all the Bishops; I have with me the Saints and all the doctors of the Church.”

“For one Bishop of your opinion, I have a hundred Saints of mine, for one parliament of yours, and God alone knows what kind, I have all the General Councils for a thousand years.”

St. Cyprian (200-258)

“To adhere to a false Bishop of Rome is to be out of communion with the Church.”

http://www.thirdorderofsaintdominic.org/Prophetic%20Warnings.html

Garabandal’s prophetic role.

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It is true that all authentic prophecies are initially rejected, often accused of being evil and from the devil; and the prophets themselves are persecuted.

This is true of Fatima, as well as Garabandal and, in more recent times the “Book of Truth”. Even when Fatima was approved by the Church, the Popes and bishops could not bring themselves to be obedient to our Blessed Mother’s request – to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. They tried to tell us that it was done.  They put their own ideas above that of Our Lady. It seems as if they knew better than Heaven. Our Lady of Fatima told the children  the errors of Russia would spread around the whole world. By 1960, everyone could recognize first hand what these “errors of Russia” were  – i.e. Communism.

The Third Secret was not released as instructed by Our Lady of Fatima. Another instruction ignored! But Heaven does not give up on us. Centuries before we had been warned about the Antichrist ruling the church: Our Lady of La Salette said in 1846 – “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist”. Our Lady of Akita said in 1973 :the work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against bishops.” Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said “the mystical body on earth today will have its Judas Iscariot and he will be the false prophet. Satan will recruit him from among our bishops”.

In the 17th century, Our Lady of Good Success told us at Quito: “This apparent triumph of Satan will bring enormous sufferings to the good pastors of the Church, the many good priests, and to the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on Earth, who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and butter tears in the presence of his God and Lord, beseeching light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, of whom he is King and Father.”

Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, amongst many other details, told us in July 1820, “I saw the Holy Father surrounded by traitors and in great distress about the Church…I saw darkness spreading around…” . In Aug. 1020, she said “The people must pray earnestly for the extirpation (rooting out) of the dark church.”

Malachi Martin, in an interview in 1998 said that “The last pope will be under the control of satan”.

No-one took any notice of these messages, so once more, on June 13th 1989, Our Lady told Fr. Gobbi (message #406) “This masonic infiltration, in the interior of the Church, was already foretold to you by me at Fatima, when I announced to you that Satan would enter in, even to the summit of the Church.

All of these messages were approved, but as the time drew closer, masons had a good hold of the Church and fought hard against anything that might reveal their evil intentions.

The Book of Truth reveals in detail, all  of what is happening in the Church and the events of the Book of Revelation. But the prophecy (and the prophet) has suffered immense persecution.

The Church had shoved the events of Garabandal aside and when the Book of Truth came out, the masonic elements in the Church  did not want their plans exposed about plotting against and then “ousting” Pope Benedict and about instituting the “False Prophet” to replace Pope Benedict. Nor would it have looked good to speak about the paganism that would be incorporated into Catholic ceremonies and rituals, including in Churches and on the altars during the Holy Sacrifice; to hear about the blasphemies and heresies (e.g. that hell does not exist, that Christ was not Divine, that Mary as Co-Redemptrix is foolishness”) that would 0be spoken by the False Prophet (imposter pope) and much more. These messages of truth, sent to warn us, were considered obstacles to their plans. On looking back, we can see how many indeed have come to fruition.

Garabandal is crucial in God’s plan. No-one wanted to hear, or even consider Our Lady’s message at Garabandal that Many cardinals, many Bishops, and many priest are on the path of perdition and they take many souls with them. To the Eucharist, there is given less and less importance.Who, today, can deny the truth of these statements? 

Is the present man sitting on the Chair of Peter under the control of Satan? Is this church the church of darkness? Were (and are in fact still today) “many cardinals, bishops and priests on the path of perdition? Is the Eucharist being given less and less importance?” (Indeed today we can clearly see that these messages oif Garabandal have also come true: Amoris Laetitia, Communion kneeling and on the tongue rejected, genuflecting before the Bl. Sacrament, less Eucharistic Adoration, loss of belief in the True Presence).If we had listened to Our Lady, these things may not have happened. All we had to do was pay attention and be obedient.

Garabandal also foretold of the Warning and a Great Miracle afterwards. God will not stop trying to save all His children and give them every chance, but the evil one does not want them to have advance warning of events that will save and convert many.

On 31st May, 2011, Jesus told us in the Book of Truth that “The prophecies given at Garabandal will now become a reality. He saidRemember, the more people that are forewarned of this event, the more souls will be saved. Pray, pray My Divine Mercy for those souls who will die during The Warning. They need your prayers.”

In a message dated 24 January 2014 @ 8:05pm, we are told that Our Lady “will make one more appearance at all the Marian grottos, which were approved by my Son’s Church, over the centuries.” She told us  “I will make myself known in Sacred sites, which will include Lourdes, Fatima, La Salette and Guadalupe. I will also appear at Garabandal.”  Now this is all God’s timing and we don’t know when this will all be fulfilled or when it will be revealed. But by these words, Jesus  affirms that Garabandal is authentic and an integral part of God’s Mission of Salvation.

That is why we must promote Garabandal and the Warning and all the messages promoted by it. We cannot let Our Lady’s messages, be ignored once again. It is significant that St. Michael plays an important part in Garabandal, as he did at Fatima, and also has with the  Mission of Salvation and the Book of Truth.800px-Le_Grand_Saint_Michel_by_Raffaello_Sanzio_from_C2RMF_retouched

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That is why the latest movies are of the highest importance. Their release  was curtailed by recent world events, but profit was not the motive for making them. It was to carry out Heaven’s wish that the Truth of Garabandal be recognized before it is too late. End Time events are moving fast. We have to co-operate with Our Lord in trying to help him save souls – to destroy or lessen  the power of the evil one, whose aim it is to deceive souls.

Spread the news on What’s App, by Email, Facebook, Twitter – on blog sites – which ever way you can think of! Priests (who are often quite prejudiced against apparitions) also must be encouraged to at least view these two very important movies.

I love Garabandal and I believe in it with all my heart and soul. I visited it in 1998 with my daughter and my young granddaughter. We stayed a week. My daughter had a much needed conversion there, and my grand-daughter still remembers when she met a little Spanish friend who was there at the feast-day of St Sebastian in July. They could not understand each other but they played beautifully all afternoon. We were so blessed in many other ways. It just so happened that Jacinta was visiting on holidays, and one day we were walking along the street. She was just outside her house and people gathered around her. We were able to touch our rosaries, our rings, etc to the Crucifix, which was one that Our Lady had kissed.

We were determined that we would be back for the Miracle. I don’t know if it will be possible. Flights at the moment are curtailed, and they are bringing in draconian laws re I.D. but if it is in God’s plan, it will happen. It is our sincere desire to be a present witness of belief.

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In the meantime, the Garabandal movies are on YouTube. They are free.

It is vital that everyone sees them. It is very balanced in the way it is portrayed – showing both sides of the events which happened. The second one (a documentary) has actual witnesses and also original footage of the events. It features people who speak about the two commissions of investigation which were supposedly held.

At the end are quotes from Padre Pio and Mother Teresa and a statement of the official standing of the Church.

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More info about Mother Teresa and Garabandal:

See more at https://www.garabandalthemovie.com/en/garabandal/witnesses/861-mother-teresa-of-calcutta

“Mother Teresa (1910-1997) first learned about the phenomena in 1970, writing later that “From the beginning I felt that the events were authentic.  The Albanian foundress followed the events of Garabandal with interest and personally met three of the visionaries, maintaining a particularly close and prolonged relationship with Conchita.  When the Saint travelled to New York, she would often meet with Conchita who lived there.”

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The first modern YouTube video (a recreation of some of the events) was released in Australia at Easter time 2020 and was called “Garabandal – Only God Knows.”

The second modern video (a documentary) was released July 2, 2020 (July 3 Sydney time) and was called: ” Garabandal -Unstoppable Waterfall”. It also goes by the name of “Garabandal – Uncontainable Cascade. (I think the title is changed for different countries)

God bless your watching! We hope the messages and events at Garabandal touch your hearts and inspire you in your faith.

Thoughts for the Third Day of Christmas: Padre Pio’s devotion to the Christ Child

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St. Padre Pio loved Christmas. He held a special devotion to the Baby Jesus ever since he was a child.

… Midnight Mass in particular was a joyous celebration for Padre Pio, who celebrated it every year, taking many hours to carefully celebrate the Holy Mass. His soul was lifted up to God with great joy, a joy that others could easy see.

Additionally, witnesses have recounted how they would see Padre Pio holding the Baby Jesus. This was not a porcelain statue, but the Baby Jesus himself in a miraculous vision.

Renzo Allegri recounts the following story.

We were reciting the rosary while waiting for the Mass. Padre Pio was praying with us. All of a sudden, in an aura of light, I saw the Baby Jesus appear in his arms. Padre Pio was transfigured, his eyes gazing upon the glowing child in his arms, his face transformed by an astonished smile. When the vision disappeared, Padre Pio realized from the way I was looking at him that I had seen everything. But he drew close to me and told me not to mention it to anyone.

A similar story is told by Fr. Raffaele da Sant’Elia, who lived next to Padre Pio for many years.

I had got up to go to the church for the Midnight Mass of 1924. The corridor was huge and dark, and the only illumination was the flame of a small oil lamp. Through the shadows I could see that Padre Pio, too, was making his way to the church. He had left his room and was making his way slowly along the corridor. I realized he was swathed in a band of light. I took a better look and saw that he had the Baby Jesus in his arms. I just stood there, transfixed, in the doorway of my room, and fell to my knees. Padre Pio passed by, all aglow. He didn’t even notice I was there.

 

These supernatural events highlight the deep and abiding love of Padre Pio for God. His love was further marked by simplicity and humility, with a heart wide open to receive whatever heavenly graces God had planned for him.

May we too open our hearts to receive the Baby Jesus on Christmas day and let God’s unfathomable love overcome us with Christian joy.”

https://aleteia.org/2018/12/16/when-padre-pio-celebrated-christmas-the-baby-jesus-would-miraculously-appear/

New Year Resolutions from Padre Pio

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  1. The palm of glory is reserved only for those who fight valiantly to the end.  Therefore, let us begin our holy battle this year.  God will help us and crown us with eternal triumph.2.  We are by Divine Grace at the dawn of a new year.  Since only God knows whether we will finish this year, we should spend it in reparation for the past, and in preparation for the future.  Good works go hand in hand with good intentions.

    3.  Let us say to ourselves, with the full conviction of telling the truth, “My soul: begin today to do the good works which to date you have not done.”  Let us be moved by the presence of God.  “God sees me,” let us often say to ourselves, “and by my actions will He judge me.”  Let us be sure the He will always see only goodness in us.

    4.  If you have time, do not wait for time.  Let us not put off until tomorrow what we can do today.  The graves are full of good intentions that never came to pass.  Besides, what assurance do we have that we will be alive tomorrow?  Let us listen to the voice of our conscience, as said the royal prophet: “Today, if you hear the voice of the Lord, do not turn a deaf ear.”  Let us come forth and treasure the fleeting moment which alone is ours.  Let us not waste time, from one moment to another, because the latter is not yet ours.

    5.  When you waste time, you disdain God’s gift – the present – which He, in His infinite goodness, relinquishes to your love and to your generosity.

    6.  “Let us begin today, my brothers, to do good because until now we have done nothing.”  These words, which the Seraphic Father, St. Francis, In his humility, applied to himself, should be made ours at the beginning of the new year.   We have lived thoughtlessly, as if the Eternal Judge were not going to call us to Him one day and ask us to account for our works, for how we have spent our time.

    7.  Love does not brook being delayed, and the Magi, immediately upon arrival, did everything in their power to make known Him, Who had conquered their hearts through an influx of grace.  He filled them with the kind of charity which must overflow, because it cannot be contained in the small structure of the heart, and must therefore be communicated.

    8.  In your actions, seek neither the most nor the least merit,  but rather the greatest honor and glory for God. 

These “resolutions’ are taken from the booklet “Buona Giornata,” (Have a Good Day), which is a compilation of daily meditations and observations from St. Pio’s writings and comments, published by his Friary in San Giovanni Rotondo.  

See original post at:

http://divinefiat.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/eight-years-resolutions-from-padre-pio.html

 

St Padre Pio’s Christmas Meditation

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“… So plentiful, O Christians, are the lessons that shine forth from the grotto of Bethlehem! Oh how our hearts should be on fire with love for the one who with such tenderness was made flesh for our sakes! Oh how we should burn with desire to lead the whole world to this lowly cave, refuge of the King of kings, greater than any worldly palace, because it is the throne and dwelling place of God! Let us ask this Divine child to clothe us with humility, because only by means of this virtue can we taste the fullness of this mystery of Divine tenderness.

Glittering were the palaces of the proud Hebrews. Yet, the light of the world did not appear in one of them. Ostentatious with worldly grandeur, swimming in gold and in delights, were the great ones of the Hebrew nation; filled with vain knowledge and pride were the priests of the sanctuary. In opposition to the true meaning of Divine revelation, they awaited an officious savoir, who would come into the world with human renown and power.

But God, always ready to confound the wisdom of the world, shatters their plans. Contrary to the expectations of those lacking in Divine wisdom, he appears among us in the greatest abjection, renouncing even birth in St. Joseph’s humble home, denying himself a modest abode among relatives and friends in a city of Palestine. Refused lodging among men, he seeks refuge and comfort among mere animals, choosing their habitation as the place of his birth, allowing their breath to give warmth to his tender body. He permits simple and rustic shepherds to be the first to pay their respects to him, after he himself informed them, by means of his angels, of the wonderful mystery.

Oh wisdom and power of God, we are constrained to exclaim – enraptured along with your Apostle – how incomprehensible are your judgments and unsearchable your ways! Poverty, humility, abjection, contempt, all surround the Word made flesh. But we, out of the darkness that envelops the incarnate Word, understand one thing, hear one voice, perceive one sublime truth: you have done everything out of love, you invite us to nothing else but love, speak of nothing except love, give us naught except proofs of love.

The heavenly babe suffers and cries in the crib so that for us suffering would be sweet, meritorious and accepted. He deprives himself of everything, in order that we may learn from him the renunciation of worldly goods and comforts. He is satisfied with humble and poor adorers, to encourage us to love poverty, and to prefer the company of the little and simple rather than the great ones of the world.

This celestial child, all meekness and sweetness, wishes to impress in our hearts by his example these sublime virtues, so that from a world that is torn and devastated an era of peace and love may spring forth. Even from the moment of his birth he reveals to us our mission, which is to scorn that which the world loves and seeks.

Oh let us prostrate ourselves before the manger, and along with the great St. Jerome, who was enflamed with the love of the infant Jesus, let us offer him all our hearts without reserve. Let us promise to follow the precepts which come to us from the grotto of Bethlehem, which teach us that everything here below is vanity of vanities, nothing but vanity. ”

 

See the complete meditation here:

http://www.courageouspriest.com/saint-padre-pios-christmas-meditation

Padre Pio and his Guardian Angel.

We all have a guardian angel, to protect us and guide us.
St Padre Pio had a great devotion to his guardian angel, and he encouraged his “spiritual children” to do the same.

Father Alessio, (Padre Pio’s attendant), told Padre Pio about a woman who had just written with a question about her job. He was surprised at his response. “I am very busy right now,” Padre Pio replied. “I cannot answer your question at this time.”

Father Alessio was confused. It was obvious to him that Padre
Pio was not busy. He was sitting alone with his Rosary in his hand.
He always had his Rosary in hand. Father Alessio remained silent.
“There have been many guardian angels here today,” Padre Pio
explained to Father Alessio. “They were bringing me messages
from my spiritual children. Did you see them?”

One day, Father Alessio was sitting by Padre Pio’s side, thinking
about his problem with oversleeping. He felt ashamed of
himself for being so unreliable. He told Padre Pio that he could
not understand why his alarm clock failed to wake him up. “You
must buy yourself another alarm clock,” Padre Pio said. “I am
not going to continue to send my guardian angel to you each
day to wake you up!” It was then that Father Alessio realized for
the first time who had been knocking on his door and calling to
him in his sleep.

On one occasion, when a man was making his confession to
Padre Pio, it became apparent to him that Padre Pio was aware
of his needs, even before he had a chance to verbalize them.
“The angel told me about your problems,” Padre Pio explained.

Read more at : http://www.saintpio.org

(Fr Alessio Parente wrote a book “Send me your guardian angel” which is very easy and light reading and which tells more stories of Padre Pio and his guardian angel).

A Tribute to our Guardian Angels Part III: An Angel’s Name

(Submitted by a Crusade Prayer member)

I asked my Guardian Angel his Name

About 20 years ago, I heard that you can ask your Guardian Angel his name and he will tell you, so I decided to do just that.

I prayed about it and then I asked my Guardian angel his name. As soon as I did that a name that I had never heard of before popped into my head, but I was not happy. I did not feel at peace and I could not remember the name and I felt that the name came too quickly.

A little while later, I decided to try again with exactly the same result. I was still just as disturbed as the first time.

I decided to pray some more and tried to place myself in a quiet state of mind again. I then again asked my Guardian Angel his name and then a surprising thing happened that I did not expect. I heard in my head a very quiet but clear voice which I would not have heard if there had been any noise and what I heard was “My name is Joshua”. I was at peace.

As a result of this experience I always address him as ‘Joshua’ rather than ‘Angel of God’. I feel I have a more personal relationship with him, but I tread carefully about what I can actually ask for – whether he can, or should help me, or whether it is out of place for me to ask. It’s as if I don’t want to take undue advantage or our wonderful friendship/ relationship.

Every morning I ask him to help me with my day – eg my driving during the day. He feels like a brother to me.

Editor’s comment: St Padre Pio explained to one of his spiritual children “… and this heavenly spirit guides and protects us like a friend, a brother.”

Pilgrimage Part 5: San Giovanni Rotundo

Pilgrimage Part 5: San Giovanni Rotundo

The centre of Spirituality at San Giovanni Rotundo  and the new Church (5th July).

Our hotel:
This is a beautiful place to stay. It is called “Centro di Spiritualita Pade Pio”. There is a Crucifix in every bedroom above the beds.

Statue of Mary in foyer
Statue of Mary in foyer

A beautiful statue of Our Lady welcomes us in the foyer. A picture of St. Michael is over the breakfast table.
A statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus is in the dining room.St. Joseph and Baby Jesus The chapel is dedicated to Padre Pio.

We went exploring as soon as we arrived (after we checked in). There were lots of aids for prayer and meditation for sale at the Padre Pio Spiritual Centre and we all stocked up. There is a giant cross at the front of the new centre.

Stained glass from chapel in hotel (In San Giovanni Centre of Spirituality)
Stained glass from chapel in hotel (In San Giovanni Centre of Spirituality)

Two of us stayed longer and continued exploring.  We had to go up a lift to the new modern church at San Giovanni. On the way we passed a picture of Our Lady that seemed to be painted like an icon. We have never seen it before, but we all thought it was highly inappropriate for Our Lady.

When we got there, we stayed for Mass, even though we had already been at Lanciano in the morning.

The new church was very modern and not to our liking. I think the inside was meant to look like the vault of the heavens but there were no holy pictures, or statues, or Stations of the Cross on the walls. There was, however, a big cross at the side (in front) of the altar. But it was in the wrong place. You tended to look at the priest behind the altar, who was saying the Mass. It should have been behind  the altar so you could see it at all times.

Modern church altar at San GV
Modern church altar at San GV

Instead, behind the altar was a huge glass wall covered with weird drawings.
They were blinds which had been printed. I won’t comment. Picture is attached.

The good news was that a majority of people received Holy Communion on the tongue.

On the other side of the altar was a huge construction which I think was the baptismal font. And at the back, beside the altar, was a lifesize statue of Padre Pio.

The Mass was okay except, once again, there were no kneelers, and people stood right throughout – from after the “Holy, holy, holy” to Holy Communion. They did not kneel, or even genuflect at the Consecration, and (as in many places nowadays), they did not ring bells at the Consecration.

Also, at the Nicene Creed, they did not genuflect at the appropriate time.

By this time it was late, so we returned for dinner.

Inside the modern church
Inside the modern church
The artwork on blinds in the modern church
The artwork on blinds in the modern church
Statues in corridor
Statues in corridor
Tile icon Padre Pio
Tile icon Padre Pio
Tiled icon of Padre Pio with Face of Jesus
Tiled icon of Padre Pio with Face of Jesus

Monday 6th July:
After a tour of Monte Sant Angelo in the morning, we headed off again to the new Padre Pio complex. This time we searched for the new place of his tomb.

The Incorrupt Body of Padre Pio
The incorrupt body of Padre Pio in coffin

To get to it, we had to go through the new church. We followed a long, winding corridor with (modern) paintings of his life and of St Francis. It led to a big room with a small altar. Behind the altar, St. Pio is laid out on a stone behind glass.

The room was ornate and extravagant and covered in gold (walls and ceilings).
We were told that it was meant to symbolize heaven. We left there after praying to Padre Pio and presenting our petitions.

The Old Church, and Friary.

We headed off looking for this. We didn’t really see a sign (or maybe we didn’t understand) that at the end of the huge complex there was a Pilgrim Information Centre. It was just around the corner.

Padre Pio Old Church
The oldest church of Padre Pio

First, we entered the old church where Padre Pio had spent most of his life saying Masses and hearing confessions.  We prayed and touched our handkerchiefs to the altar rails which he must have touched thousands of times.

Beautiful mural in old church
Padre’s newer church -for the last eight years of his life

Then we moved to the church next door where he had said Mass for the last 8 years of his life.  It was much bigger than the original church. The images behind the altar, I understand, had been done by Vatican artists.

We headed down the stairs to where his tomb had originally been; in the crypt of this church. This led on to a walk through the many rooms of the Friary which were a monument to Padre Pio and his life.

There were his vestments, chalices, ciboriums, altar book, hundreds of pictures of him. There were some cane chairs where he sat and talked to a fellow priest in his younger years (and a photo of this) and much, much more. The highlight was the cell where he lived and slept and where he died, and the Crucifix from which he received the stigmata.

We were reluctant to leave. This was a holy place. Thus was the REAL Padre Pio. It’s a shame they moved his body. This is where the spirit of Padre Pio lives on.

Padre Pios confessional
Padre Pios confessional
Padres room
Padre’s Room
Benedict 16th in 2010 when he prayed at the tomb of Padre Pio
Pope Benedict 16th in 2010 – when he prayed at the coffin of Padre Pio

Mass in the Hotel Chapel:

Yesterday, there also arrived at our hotel, about 40 priests and their bishop. We saw them at dinner.

Today we (some of us) were just going to sleep in and have a late breakfast as we are all exhausted. But the good Lord had other plans.

2 of our group (early risers) decided to go to breakfast at 7am. In the lift there was an itinerary for the visiting priests. It included Mass in the chapel at 7.30 am.

Well, these 2 good people came back to tell us. We had 5 mins to get ready but we only had missed a couple of minutes of Mass. There were 4 of us from our group and 3 other men at Mass.

The Mass was being said by the Bishop.  (We recognized him by his red skull cap).
What a privilege that our Divine Lord wanted us to attend this Mass!

Needless to say, we prayed especially for this bishop and his priests – that they would have courage to proclaim the Truth in the difficult times to come.

All the priests joined in with full voice the various hymns they sang during Mass. They were in Italian of course, so we couldn’t join in.

At the end of Mass, after the final blessing, they all turned to the image of our Blesssed Mother and sang “Salve Regina” – a traditional old Latin hymn that most Catholics know.

We all joined in with full voice.
Thank you Jesus!!!

We are now ready for our last journey on a train back to Rome later today.

Altar-view in hotel chapel
Altar-view in hotel chapel

*This is the chapel at centre of Spirituality at San Giovanni Rotundo. – our hotel at Padre Pio. Yes, it is new and modern, but it is nice. All windows are stained glass of Padre Pio.

View of chapel
View of chapel
9th Station of the Cross
9th Station of the Cross
Stained glass Padre hearing confession
Stained glass Padre hearing confession
Stained glass Padre blessing girl
Stained glass Padre blessing girl
Beautiful stained glass of Padre Pio in hotel chapel
Beautiful stained glass of Padre Pio in hotel chapel