Today we remember and pray to St. Pius of Pietrelcina better known as Padre Pio, an Italian Capuchin priest with a tremendous reputation for his holiness of life.
From 1918 to his death, Padre Pio bore a visible sign of the wounds of Christ known as the stigmata. He didn’t wish to receive attention for this and prayed for his hands heal but in time finally accepted its presence as God’s will. I read a reflection by Padre Pio that was titled, “Light from Jesus” in which he says, "Do not fear. Jesus is with you." He goes on to say, though you are darkness, “…the light of the Lord invades and surrounds your entire spirit.”
My brothers and sisters, for everyone who wonders how they can face spiritual battles with temptations, addictions, doubts and scrupulosity, gossip, false accusations and more. This holy man speaks to the reality of these trials and at the same time offers the hope found in the fidelity to Jesus to be with the troubled soul.
May God bless you and your families this holy day!
About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!