Gospel Reflection- Friday (23 September) – 25th week of Ordinary Time – St Padre Pio
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Luke (9: 18-22) in which Peter, when Jesus asks, ‘Who do you say I am?’ declares, ‘The Christ of God’. After reading the Gospel, Fr Paul shares a little about the life of St Padre Pio, whose memorial we celebrate today.
Fr Paul notes Padre Pio (1887-1968) was born in the small village in southern Italy, and he joined the Capuchin friars at the age of 16. He became a priest seven years later and spent fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he was very much sought after as a spiritual advisor, confessor, and intercessor.
Many miracles were popularly ascribed to him during his lifetime. Padre Pio died a few days after the fiftieth anniversary of his receiving the stigmata, and over 100,000 people attended his funeral.
So today, Fr Paul invites us to pray ‘St Padre Pio, Pray for us!’