So do you see that woman in purple in the center of the photo? She's to the right of the woman in white, and she's practically invisible because she is blending into the whole experience of Padre Pio carrying Jesus' cross . . . but what is she doing exactly?
She's praying for YOUR intentions!
In fact, what she just did today on this glorious feast of Jesus' friend and ours, St. Padre Pio, is she just put a slip of paper into Padre Pio's hand. Not just any piece of paper, but one on which were written your intentions! Really! Some were very specific, for the little boy who started us on this triple novena path, for the daughter who is ill but healing, we pray, for my father-in-law, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law, and for the amazingly beautiful family who just lost little Ida to heaven, and for the family I know who just welcomed a little boy into their midst, a boy who may have Down Syndrome as his special gift to their hearts and home . . . and "all the intentions of those prayed for in the triple novena," which means absolutely all of YOUR intentions and the intentions of those you love!
And what did my friend-in-purple say about putting all these intentions before Padre Pio today on his feast? She wrote to me: "Put the email you sent me with all the intentions right in his hand in this statue and there it stays....Lit a candle for everyone's intentions....St. Pio is so good!"
Well Miss Lizzie, so are you! And we are so grateful!!
So what I have to say to you, my dear, dear visitors and friends, is that you are so taken care of - if you knew how well, you'd laugh until you cried, or perhaps you'd cry until you laughed! There are some wonderful quotes from Padre Pio about his love for his spiritual children (of which you are now one, or two if you are reading this in pairs, or more if you are a group huddled around the computer or listening as someone among you reads aloud this divinely good news!) - and you can find them in this delightful piece written by moi at the request of the editor of Catholic Exchange. He (the editor) is, by the way, on his honeymoon in Prague right now because, as he said, "My bride and I have both wanted to go there since childhood!"
Well fancy that! God is such a romantic that not only does he bring two souls together in true love, but He adds little touches like their both wanting to go to the same surprising (and lovely) destination their whole lives, so that having found each other, they can go together! He is so sweet!
The article is HERE - I mean the one on Padre Pio and his spiritual children, and about our Triple Novena too! How much fun can we have in one day? A whole lot, I promise! And if you don't believe me, if you're still worried about a little something, well read on, and we will try our little best to allay your fears in Part 3!
Meanwhile, not forgetting Jesus our Love for one second, we say again:
Draw me, we will run!!!!
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