Padre Pio was named Francesco in honour of St. Francis of Assisi, and was born to peasant farmers in the city of Pietrelcina, Italy in 1887. Even as a child, Padre Pio had great faith and was very devout. He experienced visions and spoke with Jesus and Mary throughout his childhood. Religion was the centre of life for Padre Pio and his family. So today, let’s pray for all children — that their families, friends or community will help them grow in faith, hope and love in our Lord.

“O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church. Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath  Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to  heavenly glory. May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us as You desire for your greater glory. O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer  find favour before the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father.” Amen.

All glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.

St. Padre Pio, Pray for us!