Selected Saint Pio Quotations


"I have made a pact with the Lord: when my soul has been purified in the flames of purgatory and deemed worthy to be admitted to the presence of God, I will take my place at the gate to paradise, but I shall not enter until I have seen the last of my spiritual children enter." ... from a letter to spiritual daughter Antonietta Pompilio

Taken from the book "The Life of Padre Pio: Between the Altar and the Confessional" by Gennaro Preziuso, St. Pauls, 2000. pp. 150-1, 197

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He intuitively knew immediately if the penitent was truly repentant or only pretending to be so. He had a remarkable ability for penetrating to the interior and reading hearts... For some who came to confession without the required disposition, he was known to refuse absolution ... The method of Padre Pio cannot be imitated, and he himself admitted as much when he said to a priest who had dismissed a penitent without absolution: "You cannot do what I do!"

Taken from the book "The Life of Padre Pio: Between the Altar and the Confessional" by Gennaro Preziuso, St. Pauls, 2000. pp. 150-1, 197


From time to time Jesus alleviates my sufferings when He speaks to my heart. Oh, yes, my father, the good Jesus is very much with me! Oh, what precious moments I have with Him! It is a joy which I can liken to nothing else. It is a happiness that the Lord gives me to enjoy almost only in suffering. In such moments, more than ever, everything in the world pains and annoys me and I desire nothing except to love and to suffer. Yes, my dear father, in the midst of all these sufferings I am happy because I feel my heart throb in unison with the heart of Jesus. Now, imagine what consolation the knowledge of possessing Jesus with certainty infuses in my heart!" Diflumeri, Father Gerardo, ed. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Letters, Vol. 1, Correspondence with His Spiritual Directors (1910-1922). 2nd ed. Vol. 1. San Giovanni: Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary, 1984.


"Jesus likes to give Himself to simple souls; we must make an effort to acquire this beautiful virtue of simplicity and to hold it in great esteem. Jesus said: Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. But before He taught us this by His words he had already put it into practice. He became a child and gave us the example of that simplicity he was to teach us later also by his words. Let us empty our hearts and keep far from us all human prudence. We must try to keep our thoughts pure, our ideas upright and honest and our intentions holy." ... From a letter to Padre Agostino from Pietrelcina, July 10, 1915. Diflumeri, Father Gerardo, ed. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Letters, Vol. 1, Correspondence with His Spiritual Directors (1910-1922). 2nd ed. Vol. 1. San Giovanni: Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary, 1984. 677-678.


"Peace is simplicity of heart, serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, the bond of love. Peace means order, harmony in our whole being: it means continual contentment springing from the knowledge of a good conscience; it is the holy joy of a heart in which God reigns. Peace is the way to perfection, indeed in peace is perfection to be found." ... From a letter to Padre Agostino from Pietrelcina, July 10, 1915. Diflumeri, Father Gerardo, ed. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Letters, Vol. 1, Correspondence with His Spiritual Directors (1910-1922). 2nd ed. Vol. 1. San Giovanni: Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary, 1984. 678.


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