“Try to serve the Lord with all your heart and with all your will. He will always bless you more than you deserve.” (St. Pio)
Padre Pio was not one to shine a light upon himself; if anything he tried to hide the gifts and graces he received from God. But it was obvious to the world that he was blessed, and it was also obvious that he lived his life entirely for Christ. And as he felt undeserving, he was a walking testament to his own statement.
St. John of the Cross wrote this about those who are truly united with God: “But if the soul shall have attained to the highest degree of love, the love of God will then wound it in its inmost depth or center, and the soul will be transformed and enlightened in the highest degree in its substance, faculties and strength, until it shall become most like unto God. The soul in this state may be compared to crystal, lucid and pure; the greater the light thrown upon it, the more luminous it becomes by the concentration thereof, until at last it seems to be all light and indistinguishable from it; it being then so illumined, and to the utmost extent, that it seems to be one with the light itself.”
Padre Pio, wounded in love, didn’t have to shine a light upon himself; he entered into the light and radiated Christ. St. Pio of Pietrelcina, help us also to be the light of Christ to those around us. Amen!
St. Padre Pio, pray for us!