Padre Pio Pio’s Final Gesture of Love

Just four days before his death, Padre Pio expressed his devotion to Mary in one of his final gestures of love.

A man brought Padre Pio a beautiful bouquet of red roses for the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his stigmata. Padre Pio took one of the roses out of the bouquet and asked one of his spiritual sons who was going to Pompeii if he would take it to the shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. The man promised that he would take it there the very next day.

When the man arrived in Pompeii, he told a nun who served at the shrine that the rose had been sent by Padre Pio, who asked that it be placed before the image of Our Lady of the Rosary. Very pleased to receive the rose,the nun put it in a vase with other roses and placed it before the image of the Virgin Mary. On September 23, the day that Padre Pio passed away, the nun noticed that all the other roses in the vase had withered but the one that Padre Pio had sent was still fresh and beautiful. The news of Padre Pio’s unfading rose reached the local bishop who decided to put it on display in a special glass container. Padre Alberto D’Apolito heard about the rose and wanted to see it. He took a number of Third Order Franciscans from San Giovanni Rotondo on pilgrimage to the shrine in Pompeii. They saw the rose that Padre Pio had sent to Our Lady of Pompeii and although the stem was slightly yellow in color, the rose was still fresh and intact. Their visit to see the rose occurred one year after Padre Pio’s death.

Cleonice Morcaldi, one of Padre Pio’s spiritual daughters, spoke to Padre Pio just a few days before his death. “Father, please give me at least one word,” Cleonice said to him. He answered, “Love the Madonna and make her loved. Always recite her Rosary. That is the armor against the evils of the world today.” “Is the Madonna close to you?” Cleonice asked. “A Mother,” Padre Pio replied. “All of Paradise is near her.” Padre Pio’s love for Our Lady and for her Rosary supported and sustained him throughout his earthly pilgrimage. Father Domenico Mondrone spoke of Padre Pio’s love for Mary and said: The Rosary was the most beautiful and longest sermon in honor of her, because it lasted the whole of his life. He spoke with the Rosary which he was seen to clutch always in his fingers, the Rosary he clutched in those last instants, almost as though it were the supreme link between the earth he was about to leave and the heavens which opened before him. Padre Pio passed into eternal life very peacefully, very well prepared. He died with his Rosary in his hand. His last words were -Jesus, Mary.

May Jesus always be the pilot of the little boat of your spirit. May Mary be the star which lights the path for you and shows you the surest way to reach the Heavenly Father. –St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Padre Pio left this life in September of 1968; but the mysterious fruitfulness of his long life as a priest and religious, son of St. Francis of Assisi, still continues to act, we may say, with visible crescendo, and in particular in two works that are typically his because they were born of his great heart, open to the love of God and to the brethren -the Prayer Groups and the Home for the Relief of Suffering. –St.Pope John Paul II

~Excerpt from “Pray Hope and Don’t Worry” by Diane Allen~

O Happy Exchange 


It is written: “Give and it shall be given unto you.” To take Blessed Alan’s illustration of this: “Supposing each day I give you one hundred and fifty diamonds, even if you were my enemy, would you not forgive me? Would you not treat me as a friend and give me all the graces that you were able to give? If you want to gain the riches of grace and of glory, salute the Blessed Virgin, honor your good Mother.” “He that honoreth his mother (the Blessed Virgin) is as one that layeth up a treasure.” 54 So every day do give her at least fifty Hail Marys—for each one is worth fifteen precious stones and they please Our Lady far more than all the riches of this world put together. And you can expect such great things from her generosity! She is our Mother and our friend. She is the empress of the universe and loves us more than all the mothers and queens of the world have ever loved anyone human being. This is really so, for the charity of the Blessed Virgin far surpasses the natural love of all mankind and even of all the Angels, as Saint Augustine says. One day Saint Gertrude had a vision of Our Lord counting gold coins. She summoned the courage to ask Him what He was doing. He answered: “I am counting the Hail Marys that you have said; this is the money with which you can pay your way to Heaven.” The holy and learned Jesuit, Father Suarez, was so deeply aware of the value of the Angelic Salutation that he said that he would gladly give all his learning for the price of one Hail Mary that had been said properly. Blessed Alan de la Roche said: “Let everyone who loves you, oh most holy Mary, listen to this and drink it in: 

Whenever I say Hail Mary 

The court of Heaven rejoices 

And the earth Is lost in wonderment. 

And I despise the world 

And my heart is brim-full Of the love of God 

When I say Hail Mary; All my fears Wilt and die 

And my passions are quelled 

If I say Hail Mary; Devotion grows Within me 

And sorrow for sin Awakens 

When I say Hail Mary. Hope is made strong In my breast 

And the dew of consolation Falls on my soul More and more—

Because I say Hail Mary. And my spirit Rejoices 

And sorrow fades away 

When I say Hail Mary . . . 

For the sweetness of this blessed salutation is so great that there are no words to explain it adequately, and even when its wonders have been sung, we still find it so full of mystery and so profound that its depths can never be plumbed. It has but few words but is exceeding rich in mystery; it is sweeter than honey and more precious than gold. 

We should often meditate upon it in our hearts and have it ever upon our lips so as to say it devoutly again and again.” 

Blessed Alan says that a nun who had always had great devotion to the Holy Rosary appeared after death to one of her sisters in religion and said to her: “If I were allowed to go back into my body, to have the chance of saying just one single Hail Mary—even if I said it quickly and without great fervor—I would gladly go through the sufferings that I had during my last illness all over again, in order to gain the merit of this prayer.” This is all the more compelling because she had been bedridden and had suffered agonizing pains for several years before she died. Michel de Lisle, Bishop of Salubre, who was a disciple and co-worker of Blessed Alan’s in the re-establishment of the Holy Rosary said that the Angelic Salutation is the remedy for all ills that we suffer as long as we say it devoutly in honor of Our Lady.

~Excerpts from “The Secret of the Rosary”

The Three Virgins 


Three devout virgins, by the advice of
their confessor, recited one year, for forty days, the whole Rosary, as a preparation for the feast
of the purification of Mary. On the vigil the heav- enly mother appeared to the first of these three sisters with a rich garment, embroidered with gold, thanked her, and blessed her. Then she appeared  to the second with a simple garment, and also thanked her. But she said to her: “Oh
Lady, why have you brought my sister a richer garment?” “Because she has clothed me,”
said Mary, “more richly than you have done.” She afterwards appeared to the third with a canvas garment, and she at once asked pardon for her tepidity in honoring her. The next
year all three fervently prepared for the same feast, saying the Rosary with great devotion, when behold, on the evening preceding the festival, Mary appeared to them in glory, and said to them: “Be prepared, for tomorrow
you shall come to paradise.” And, in fact, the next day they went to church, related to the confessor what had occurred, and received communion in the morning. At the hour of compline they saw again the most holy Virgin, who came to take them with her, and amid the songs of angels, one after the other sweetly expired.
Litany of Salutations to Mary written by St.John Eudes 

Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father.

Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son.

Hail Mary, Spouse, of God the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary, Temple of the Most Blessed Trinity.

Hail Mary, Pure Lily of the Trinity, One God.

Hail Mary, Celestial Rose of the love of God.

Hail Mary, Virgin pure and humble, of whom the King of Heaven willed to be born.

Hail Mary, Virgin of virgins.

Hail Mary, Queen of Martyrs, whose soul a sword transfixed.

Hail Mary, my Queen and my Mother, my life, my sweetness and my hope.

Hail Mary, Mother most amiable.

Hail Mary, Mother most admirable.

Hail Mary, Mother of Divine Love.

Hail Mary, Immaculate, conceived without sin.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Blessed be your spouse, Saint Joseph,

Blessed be your father, Saint Joachim.

Blessed be your mother, Saint Anne.

Blessed be your guardian, Saint John.

Blessed be your holy Angel, Saint Gabriel.

Glory be to God the Father, Who chose you.

Glory be to God the Son, Who loved you.

Glory be to God the Holy Spirit, Who espoused you.

O Glorious Virgin Mary.

May all people love and praise you.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us and bless us,

Now and at death, in the name of Jesus, your Divine Son.

Amen.

Excerpts from “The Glories of Mary” by St.Alphonsus Liguori 

Revelation of St.Mechtilde Concerning The Prayer Which Pleases Mary Most 


One day, when St. Mechtilde was praying and was trying to think of some way in which she could express her love of the Blessed Virgin better than before, she fell into ecstasy. 

Our Lady appeared to her with the Angelic Salutation written in letters of gold upon her breast and said to her, “My daughter, I want you to know that no one can please me more than by saying the greeting which the most adorable Trinity presented to me and by which I was raised to the dignity of the Mother of God.
“By the word Ave, which is the name of Eve, Eva, I learned that God in his infinite power had preserved me from all sin and its attendant misery which the first woman had been subject to.
“The name Mary, which means ‘lady of light,’ shows that God has filled me with wisdom and light, like a shining star, to light up heaven and earth.
“The words, full of grace, remind me that the Holy Spirit has showered so many graces upon me that I am able to give these graces in abundance to those who ask for them through my mediation.
“When people say, The Lord is with thee, they renew the indescribable joy that was mine when the eternal Word became incarnate in my womb.
“When you say to me, Blessed art thou among women, I praise the mercy of God who has raised me to this exalted degree of happiness.
“And at the words, Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, the whole of heaven rejoices with me to see my Son Jesus adored and glorified for having saved mankind.

Excerpt from “The Secret of the Rosary” by St.Louis de Montfort 

The Rosary Transforms Souls 


There lived in Saragossa a certain noble,
a very bad man; his name was Peter, and he was a relation of St. Dominic. One day when the saint was preaching, he saw Peter enter the church, and he prayed the Lord that he would make known to the audience the condition of that miserable sinner. And, behold, Peter then appeared like a monster from hell, surrounded and dragged along by many devils. The con- gregation fled, even his wife who was in the church, and the servants who accompanied him. Then St. Dominic directed him, through one of his companions, to recommend himself to Mary, and to begin to recite the Rosary which he sent him. Peter received the message, humbled him- self, sent to thank the saint, and received him- self the grace to see the demons that surround
ed him. He afterwards went to make his con- fession to the saint himself, from whom he re- ceived the assurance that he was already par- doned, and continuing to recite the Rosary, he attained to so happy a state that one day the Lord made him appear in church, in the presence of the whole congregation crowned with three crowns of roses.

Excerpt from “The Glories of Mary”

October~Month of the Holy Rosary 


The month of October  is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.

“Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources — from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church — it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.

“If we consider the power of the Rosary as seen in its effects, we find a great abundance of proofs of its wonderful value. Many are the favors granted to private individuals through its devout recitation: there are few devoted users of the Rosary who cannot testify to experiencing its power in their own lives. If we turn to history, we see many great triumphs of the Rosary. Early tradition attributes the defeat of the Albigensians at the Battle of Muret in 1213 to the Rosary. But even those who do not accept this tradition will admit that St. Pius V attributed the great defeat of the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October, 1571, to the fact that at the same time the Rosary confraternities at Rome and elsewhere were holding their processions. Accordingly, he ordered a commemoration of the Rosary to be made on that day. Two years later, Gregory XIII allowed the celebration of a feast of the Rosary in churches having an altar dedicated to the Rosary. In 1671, Clement X extended the feast to all Spain. A second great victory over the Turks, who once, like the Russians, threatened the ruin of Christian civilization, occurred on August 5, 1716, when Prince Eugene defeated them at Peterwardein in Hungary. Thereupon Clement XI extended the feast of the Rosary to the whole Church.

“Today, when dangers far greater than those of the ancient Turks threaten not only Christianity but all civilization, we are urged by our Blessed Mother to turn again to the Rosary for help. If men in sufficient numbers do this, and at the same time carry out the other conditions that she has laid down, we have the greater reason for confidence that we will be delivered from our dangers.” ~Mary in our Life by Fr. William G. Most

Simple Ways To Honor Our Lady of the Rosary  During the Month of October 

Join the confraternity of the Holy Rosary 

Confraternity of the Holy Rosary

Offer to lead the rosary at your parish after daily and/or Sunday Masses

Pray the Rosary as a family every night.Fr Patrick Peyton known as the Rosary Priest said,”If families give Our Lady 15 minutes a day reciting the Rosary,I assure them that their homes by Gods grace will become peaceful places.

Pray the Rosary everyday this month. Pray it especially for priests who are being attacked right and left even by those who consider themselves Catholics.

Make rosaries, have them blessed and give them away – children love this. You can teach a group of children to make rosaries of their own. They will really be excited about praying with a rosary they made themselves. You can give the rosaries you make to the elderly in nursing homes, take them to Catholic schools or Religious Education classes at your parish, or mail them to prisons. Make sure you have them blessed by a priest first.

Print up some of our Rosary booklets and hand them out to people whether it be your CCD class, neighbors and friends. Children really like these as well!

Invite a Pilgrim Virgin statue into your home and pray the Rosary everyday while it is there – Find out if there is a Legion of Mary group nearby who takes around a Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima statue. It is a beautiful way to spend October. Different groups have different customs but usually a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima is taken from home to home especially during the month of October to promote the recitation of the Rosary in families. The statue usually stays with each family for one week.

Hang a rosary in some prominent place in your home by itself or draped across a statue of Our Lady to show your devotion.

Attend Mass on October 7th, the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and on October 13th,the day of the final visit of Mary to Fatima 100 years ago this year!

The Nun and the Rosary 


The daughter of a certain prince had entered a monastery, where the discipline was so relaxed, that, although she was a young person of good dispositions, she advanced but little in virtue. By the advice of a good confessor, she began to say the Rosary with the mysteries, and became so changed that she was an example to all. The other religious, taking offence at her
for withdrawing from them, attacked her on all sides, to induce her to abandon her newly-begun way of life. One day while she was repeating
the Rosary, and praying Mary to assist her in that persecution, she saw a letter fall from above.
On the outside were written these words: “Mary, mother of God, to her daughter Jane, greeting;” and within : “My dear child, continue to say my Rosary ; withdraw from conversation with those who do not help you to live well ; beware of idle- ness and vanity ; take from your cell two super- fluous things, and I will be your protectress with God.” The abbot of that monastery soon after visited it, and attempted to reform it, but he did not succeed ; and one day he saw a great number of demons entering the cells of all the nuns except that of Jane, for the heavenly mother, before whose image he saw her praying, banished them from that. When he heard from her of the devotion of the Rosary which she practiced, and the letter she had received, he ordered all the others to
repeat it, and it is related that this monastery became a paradise.

Excerpt from “The Glories of Mary”