By Laura Williamson

If you’ve been Catholic for any amount of time, you’re familiar with Saint Padre Pio, his stigmata and all the miracles surrounding his time as a priest and monk. Although we are familiar with the stories of his life, very little attention has been given to his actual words. Padre Pio was never one to hold back his thoughts and now we’re able to refer to his wise words and advice.

Let’s take a look at Padre Pio’s words on some popular topics.

 

ABORTION

One day Padre Pellegrino asked Padre Pio why he denied absolution to a woman who confessed an abortion. Padre Pio said, “Abortion is not only homicide, it is suicide and with these people, we see on the point of committing two crimes. Do we want to show our faith? Do we want to save them? You would understand this suicide of the human race, if with the eye of reason, you could see the heart populated by old men and depopulated by children, burnt as a desert.”

“Oh, what a darkness is hovering over the world. Souls are being lost in such great numbers because of their sins against the fifth commandment, which forbids murder. These crimes cry out for justice to Heaven and for retribution from God. How can these people sleep, eat and work, knowing they have the blood of innocent children on their hands?”

“The tragedy of abortion is experienced by those who perform it, those who undergo it and those who allow it. If only they could understand that the child is a gift from God, that it is created in His image and likeness, that it is destined to eternal life, that it is loved by the Heavenly Father even more than by its earthly parents, they would not dare to commit the crime.”

 

GUARDIAN ANGELS

“Do you believe your Guardian Angel to be disobedient as you and me? Don’t write to me because I cannot answer you. Send me your Guardian Angel and I will do everything.

Invoke your Guardian Angel that he will illuminate you and will guide you. God has given him to you for this reason. Therefore use him!”

“Have you seen all the Guardian Angels of my spiritual sons that were standing in front of me? They go and they come and they do not leave me alone even for a moment.”

 

GOSSIP

“When you gossip about a person it means that you have removed the person from your heart. But be aware, when you remove a man from your heart, Jesus also goes away from your heart with that man.

Once Padre Pio was asked to go and bless a house. At the entrance of the kitchen he said, “There are snakes here. I do not want to go in.” He also told a priest who used to eat there frequently to not go there anymore because “they say unpleasant things about their brothers and sisters.”

 

SUFFERING

He believed that uniting our suffering to Christ had redemptive power and could be a way to grow in holiness and be purified.

This desire for death was replaced by a desire to suffer: ‘I only know with certainty that I feel a burning thirst to suffer greatly and a continuous need to say to the Lord: either to suffer or to die, or rather, always to suffer and never to die. ‘

“To be on the cross with Jesus is infinitely more perfect than merely contemplating [Him] on the cross.”

“Jesus himself wants my sufferings; He needs them for souls.”

“Suffering is the highest gift God has to give to his faithful friends.”

“Remember, our suffering is brief but our reward is eternal.”

“Jesus is happy when we suffer. He always rewards suffering, which is a sign of love for Him.”

“Suffering is the key that unlocks the door to divine mercy.”

“The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more we sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.”

“Do not fear the conflict, do not flee it. Where there is no struggle, there is no virtue. Where there are no temptations for faithfulness and love, it is doubtful if there is any faithfulness and love at all.”

 

SIN AND CONFESSION

Padre Pio heard approximately five million confessions. From 1918 to 1923 he heard confessions fifteen to nineteen hours a day. In 1967 Padre Pio confessed about 15.000 women and 10.000 men. An average of 70 people per day. He wasted no time getting to the heart of the matter and had thrown more than one person out of the confessional if he knew they were not telling the truth or truly repentant.

“If you do not want to stop offending God, what are you doing here?”

“It is a tremendous responsibility to sit in the tribunal of the confessional.”

“God runs after the most stubborn souls. They cost him too much to abandon them.”

After a day of confessions:  “Oh the souls! if you knew how much they cost!”

“The sight of so many souls who wish to justify their evil ways pains me, exhausts my brain, and tears at my heart.”

“Before reproaching a soul, I suffer it first. But it is not I who act, but He who is in me and above me.”

“Confession without repentance is a deception of conscience; in essence a sacrilege.”

“Confession should be made no later than every eight days.”

“Do not dwell on sins that have been already confessed. Jesus has forgiven them.”

“The mercy of God, my son, is infinitely greater than your malice.”

“My son, God is a good Father, and He forgives everyone. Yet, there is one sin He has difficulty forgiving: the ingratitude of man, but He knows how to wait.”

 

Heaven

“Let us always keep before our eyes the fact that here on earth we are on a battlefield and that in paradise we shall receive the crown of victory; that this is a testing-ground and the prize will be awarded up above; that we are now in a land of exile while our true homeland is Heaven to which we must continually aspire.”

“Keep your eyes fixed on Him who is your guide to the heavenly country, where He is leading you. What does it matter to you whether Jesus wishes to guide you to Heaven by way of the desert or by the meadow, so long as He is always with you and you arrive at the possession of a blessed eternity?”

“You must remember that you have in Heaven, not only a Father but also a Mother… Let us then have recourse to Mary. She is all sweetness, mercy, goodness and love for us because she is our Mother.”

 

Prayer

“Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.”

Hold on tightly to the Rosary. Be very grateful to the Madonna because it was she who gave us Jesus.