Sunday, September 20, 2009
St. Padre Pio Novena - Day 6
- Padre Pio, after the miraculous healing of a man with a debilitating knee ailment
On this sixth day of our novena we are called to consider the great concern St. Pio of Pietrelcina had for the sick. Many anecdotes of personal healings describe the great love our Lord had for him in allowing St. Pio to be the avenue of the healing touch of God. Padre Pio recognized this gift and did not squander it, rather offering this grace over and over to those who would ask, seeking God's will and living it. His confident, familiar recognition of the power of God in all things is a call for each of us to acknowledge the sacred and mysterious in our lives.
Miracles of healing are documented throughout history. Lourdes, St. Ann de Beaupre, and so many other examples illustrate the power of God and call us to deeper devotion. Padre Pio is no exception, and each example of miraculous healing reminds us that God is, indeed, with and among us. But it is not enough for us to simply marvel at these miracles. We must seek their ultimate meaning, the very same message God has conveyed through miracles, signs and wonders from the time of our first parents, Adam and Eve, to this very day: God loves us, and in that love calls us to Himself.
previous post I offered suggestions on how we can make a loving difference to those who are ill. Ultimately, our time and attention, whether in the form of cards and letters, phone calls or email, or by physically attending to the needs of the sick, all provide well-documented relief (in medical, psychological and religious journals). The Corporal Work of Mercy calling us to visit the sick reminds us to follow the example of Jesus the healer by extending our hand to those who are ill.
Let us pray for the intercession of St. Pio for those who are ill, that God's love would be maniftested to them, bringing consolation and joy in the midst of suffering.
Posted by David Marciniak at 9:06 AM