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May 25 – Happy Birthday, …

May 25 – Happy Birthday, Padre Pio. We love you!

“Never let us put aside the thought of our ultimate aim. And what is this ultimate aim? To know God, principally, is why he conceived our days, our years. Therefore, let us try never to forget this ultimate aim, for everything depends on it. And for what reason? To serve him with faith, with love, and with constancy. Let us try to excel in all of this, then. Since God created us for love, he takes care of us for love, and for love he has promised us the prize.”
– St. Pio of Pietrelcina

On one occasion, Padre Pio was in the choir loft of the church making his thanksgiving after Mass. Brother Costantino approached him and told him that there was a man downstairs in the church who wanted to make his confession. He asked Padre Pio if it would be all right if he brought the man up to the choir loft. Padre Pio made no reply. Brother Costantino waited for a time and then finally went back downstairs.

A few moments later, Brother Costantino returned to the choir loft. “Padre Pio,” he said, “The man who wants to make his confession to you is still downstairs. He cannot wait any longer. He is a chauffeur and there are people calling for him to drive them to their destinations.” “That man has made the Lord wait for twenty-five years,” Padre Pio replied. “He can wait five more minutes for me to finish my prayers!”

Brother Costantino went downstairs for a second time. The man was still standing in the corridor. “I have to leave now,” the man said impatiently. “I cannot wait a minute longer. Besides, I am afraid to make my confession to Padre Pio.” “Why are you afraid?” Brother Costantino asked. “I am afraid because it has been twenty-five years since my last confession.”

 
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