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September 23

Saint Padre Pio, Priest


“Far be it from me to glory except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal 6:14).

Like the Apostle Paul, Padre Pio da Pietrelcina placed at the center of his life and apostolic work the Cross of his Lord as his strength, his wisdom and his glory. Inflamed by love of Jesus Christ, he became like him in the sacrifice of himself for the salvation of the world.

This worthy follower of Saint Francis of Assisi was born on 25 May 1887 at Pietrelcina in the Archdiocese of Benevento, the son of Grazio Forgione and Maria Giuseppa De Nunzio. He was baptized the next day and given the name Francesco. At the age of twelve he received the Sacrament of Confirmation and made his First Holy Communion. On 6 January 1903, at the age of sixteen, he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars at Morcone, where on 22 January he took the Franciscan habit and the name Brother Pio. At the end of his novitiate year he took simple vows, and on 27 January 1907 made his solemn profession. Filled with love of God and love of neighbor, Padre Pio lived to the full his vocation to work for the redemption of man, in accordance with the special mission which marked his entire life and which he exercised through the spiritual direction of the faithful: the sacramental reconciliation of penitents and the celebration of the Eucharist.

For Padre Pio, faith was life: he willed everything and did everything in the light of faith. He was assiduously devoted to prayer. He passed the day and a large part of the night in conversation with God. He would say: “In books we seek God, in prayer we find him. Prayer is the key which opens God’s heart”. Faith led him always to accept God’s mysterious will.[1]

[1] Padre Pio de Pietrelcina, Vatican News Service,

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No Image Ken on September 25th, 2023 at 21:46

My brother Scott, he was hospitalized today for very high blood pressure.

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Dear Lord, this morning I pray to you with my heart in hands and give it to you. Please help Joey find a job. You know he is a God's man in need of your help. We ask to you our Lord so that he can find a good job if that is what you wish. In Jesus name. Amen.

No Image Robert Alderman on September 25th, 2023 at 11:27

For Your Presence to always rest in my heart. Please stay with me, Lord. Do not abandon me.

No Image Norrin Radd on September 25th, 2023 at 11:21

Thanks be to the Holy Trinity, our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary and all the Church for the successful men's retreat of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church. My pagan nephew came awaay from the retreat infused with the Holy Spirit and is now discerning conversion to Catholicism.

No Image Dorothy on September 25th, 2023 at 10:03

My heart is broken. I am lonely. Please heal my brokenness Lord and bless me with a loving, holy companion. May your will be done. Thank you. Amen.

No Image Thomas on September 25th, 2023 at 9:16

A prayer of thanksgiving for 10-year-old, Ryan, who's parents have been told his cancer is in remission. As we pray for his continued recovery, we ask for the healing of so many others in need.

No Image Rhonda George on September 25th, 2023 at 8:45

Lord Jesus, Divine Mercy-Rich and Coy Heltumas

No Image Chris Mpelega on September 25th, 2023 at 7:17

God almighty. May the spirit of my departed beloved son Atang Hayden through grace be forgiven for any sins he may have committed. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort us with his grace and love. Give us the assurance Lord that although he has departed from our sight, he is in your loving care. Amen

No Image Kevin on September 25th, 2023 at 6:26

A prayer of thanksgiving to our God for receiving viable employment and starting my work today. I ask that He direct my hands to complete His work in His name today and all days.

No Image Marie-Lou Dauharry on September 25th, 2023 at 0:00

Light of the world, Rekindle Your flame of love through us for others to see.Teach us the power of Your Living Word dispelling darkness of sins & death.Fill us with the love of Your Word to deepen our spirituality & understanding what You want to reveal to us. Help us to overcome our weaknesses.

No Image Thomas on September 25th, 2023 at 0:00

A prayer for my wife, as she suffers greatly with intestinal issues. I beg for the Lord's mercy on her behalf and pray the new doctor she sees this week will have some answers, as no one so far has been able to help her. I ask this in Jesus's name. Amen.

No Image Susan Carabajal on September 24th, 2023 at 23:52

In thanksgiving for the grace I received today by attending holy mass. Your mercies are forever Lord. With humble heart and deep gratitude do I bow to you O most Holy of holies. Amen

No Image EmKay on September 24th, 2023 at 23:24

For my granddaughter and future grandchild.The unborn child has been diagnosed with Intrauterine Growth Defect;there is concern s/he could be born with physical and/or mental difficulties. a C Section is planned in October as there is concern s/he would not survive the birthing process.

No Image Fannie on September 24th, 2023 at 20:01

In thanksgiving for the three young confirmandi today, including my dear granddaughter!! Come, Holy Spirit!!🔥 And for continued resolution of this pesky virus. Lord, have mercy!!

No Image Fannie on September 24th, 2023 at 20:01

In thanksgiving for the three young confirmandi today, including my dear granddaughter!! Come, Holy Spirit!!🔥 And for continued resolution of this pesky virus. Lord, have mercy!!

No Image Fannie on September 24th, 2023 at 20:01

In thanksgiving for the three young confirmandi today, including my dear granddaughter!! Come, Holy Spirit!!🔥 And for continued resolution of this pesky virus. Lord, have mercy!!

No Image Rhonda George on September 24th, 2023 at 19:08

Lord Jesus, Divine Mercy-(RIP)Gary and (RIP)Joyce Sanderson & Family

No Image Rhonda George on September 24th, 2023 at 19:04

Lord Jesus, Divine Mercy-(RIP)Joseph and Vera Garr & Family

No Image Ryan Dailey on September 24th, 2023 at 12:01

For the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for the Repentance , of the world, and conversion of all sinners. For those that have passed this past hour, and those that will past in the next hour(s) may they be at peace, and in the state of grace, May God shed his mercy and abundance of grace, to all. Amen.

No Image Ruth on September 24th, 2023 at 10:00

Jose Gonzalez RIP

No Image Rhonda George on September 24th, 2023 at 9:29

Praying for all Soul in Purgatory, All Dying, All homeless, Poor, Sick and Suffering-God's Will Be Done-Through Jesus our Lord. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen

No Image Fran Eckert on September 24th, 2023 at 7:53

For Ben and Chloe in RCIA, may their hearts grow in love for you and for the church. For all who are discerning coming home to Christ, that the community of Christ and their parish and diocesan communities will support them well on their faith journey.

No Image Marie-Lou Dauharry on September 24th, 2023 at 0:00

Lord, Give us a pure heart to rejoice the mercy and blessings of others. Help us to eradicate our envy & competitiveness. Comparison & discontent steal the joy You provide. Open our hearts & hands to receive Your blessings small as they may seem out of your generosity. You are a just & fair God.

No Image Genie Donahue on September 23rd, 2023 at 18:46

Thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever! Thank you, Lord, for a good scan report for my husband. Thanks to the Divine Office family for their prayers. Please continue to hold our cousins in prayer: One with mesothelioma and one being diagnosed for possible A Fib.

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