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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Padre Pio: Now you can go see him again!

In 2003, I was blessed to be able to go to San Giovanni Rotondo, the city of St. Padre Pio. I have to admit that I was not particularly overwhelmed at this good fortune at the time, I had just returned to the Church, was on a pilgrimage through Italy, and didn't really know all that much about Padre Pio.

Even today I have to say that I have not really developed an enormous devotion to him, though I know of many who have!

Today in San Giovanni Rotondo, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Grace, Padre Pio's incorrupt body was placed in a glass coffin for the public veneration of the faithful and there was a huge Mass in the square outside.

The exposition of Padre Pio's body

Some interviews (in Italian) and footage from the outdoor Mass

And, for comparison (?), here's Video of Padre Pio's last (public) Mass!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. He looks as if he's asleep.

Ora pro nobis!

[Lunch was great on Wed...you are fast converting me into a Wokster.*

*friend or enthusiast of the Cleveland Wok]

April 25, 2008 9:45 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

Well, if it means anything to you, and even if it doesn't...I have asked Padre Pio to add you to his Spiritual Family. So you're done for. You'll become aware of his intercession in ways you don't expect, in a time you don't expect...and suddenly he'll be RIGHT THERE.

So no worries...it doesn't matter if you have no devotion to him...it's really about his devotion to YOU. That's how he operates.

April 26, 2008 11:14 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

He's not incorrupt -- that's a specially made silicon mask place over his face.

April 27, 2008 2:27 PM  

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