Padre Pio’s Love For Children. 

Padre Pio’s Love For Children. 

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A photo of Padre Pio offering candy to his grandnephew. Padre Pio said, “I will stand at the gates of Heaven and I will not enter until all of my spiritual children are with me.”


Padre Pios Love for Children.

Margaret Cunningham was frail from the time she was born. Her fatigue and weakness was a great concern to her mother. Various doctors were consulted but they could never determine the cause of her problem. The doctors believed that Margaret’s condition would probably improve with time.

When Margaret was eleven years old, she was examined by the school doctor. He suspected that Margaret had a problem with her heart and advised her mother to take her to a heart specialist. When the heart specialist’s report came back, it was discovered that Margaret had a hole in her heart and that the valves to her heart were smaller than what was normal. She was scheduled for an operation, but was so weak that the doctors had to postpone it. They put her on medication and waited for her strength to build up so that they could proceed with the surgery.

Margaret told her mother that she wanted to write a letter to Padre Pio and request his prayers. After she sent the letter, it wasn’t long before she received a reply in the mail. The letter said that Padre Pio was praying for her. It was a great consolation for Margaret and her family to know that she was included in Padre Pio’s daily prayers.

When Margaret returned to the doctor, x-rays were taken once again. The doctor came out and said to Margaret’s mother, “What have you done to your daughter?” “What do you mean?” her mother replied. “I have not done anything to her.” The doctor showed her the two x-rays. The x-ray which had been taken at the time of her diagnosis, showed a large hole in the area of her heart. The x-ray which had just been taken, showed that the hole was almost closed. Margaret did not have to have surgery and her health continued to improve from that time forward. ➕
Liberato Iannantuoni was just a little boy when Padre Pio and Father Benedetto visited his family’s home in San Marco la Catola. The year was 1911. As it happened, Father Benedetto and Padre Pio were passing through San Marco la Catola on their way to the Capuchin monastery in Venafro.

Since Father Benedetto and Liberato’s grandfather enjoyed a close friendship, Father Benedetto was glad for the chance to pay him a visit. Liberato’s grandfather was delighted to see his good friend and also felt honored to welcome Padre Pio into his home. Liberato’s mother too, was very happy to receive the two priests.
Little Liberato was fascinated by the crucifix that hung from the cord of Padre Pio’s habit. Over and over again, he kissed it. Padre Pio lovingly took Liberato in his arms and called him by his nickname, “Liberatuccio.” Padre Pio had penetrating eyes and a gentle smile. For the rest of his life, the memory of that visit remained vivid in Liberato’s memory.

All through his youth, Liberato’s grandfather told him stories about Padre Pio. As an adult, Liberato had a desire to go to San Giovanni Rotondo to see Padre Pio once again. He told Capuchin Father Michael Colasanto, his friend and fellow townsman, about his desire.

Father Colasanto said that he had close connections with the Capuchins of Our Lady of Grace and could arrange a meeting. He explained that it would not be a private audience with Padre Pio. More than likely, it would be a very brief greeting in the corridor of the monastery. Liberato was very grateful that Father Colasanto was willing to make the arrangements.

In 1966, Liberato made the trip to San Giovanni Rotondo. He was able to speak to Padre Pio briefly in the corridor of the monastery. “You visited our home many years ago,” Liberato said. “You called me Liberatuccio, the name my mother always called me. Father Benedetto was with you.” Upon hearing the words, a beautiful smile came upon Padre Pio’s face. “Pray, hope, and dont worry,” he said to Liberato. “God is merciful and he will listen to your prayers.”
When Elio Leonardi was a little boy, his mother often took him to see Padre Pio. She told Elio that after she put him under the protection of Padre Pio, he was assisted on numerous occasions. She said that at least five or six times, Elio had been miraculously protected by Padre Pio and kept from harm’s way. Elio listened to his mother politely but was never really convinced that what she said was true.

One day, when Elio was walking down the road in San Giovanni Rotondo to catch a bus, a car hit him from behind. Elio was thrown into the air from the impact and flew over the top of the car. Elio saw, upside down, the statue of the Virgin Mary which was on top of the church. “Madonna, I beg you to help me!” Elio prayed quickly and with great intensity.

Elio was rushed to the Home of the Relief of Suffering where he had a thorough examination. He knew that he was very lucky to be alive. After he was released from the hospital, he rushed over to the monastery and was surprised to see that all of the monastery doors were open.

Padre Pio happened to be praying in the choir loft at the time. Elio burst into tears as he approached Padre Pio. He fell to his knees in front of him and said, “Thank you, Padre Pio! Thank you for saving my life!” “Don’t thank me,” Padre Pio replied. “Thank the Madonna. It was she who saved you.” Padre Pio smiled at Elio and with an expression of immense love he added, “My son, I can never leave you alone for a minute!”

St. Paul teaches that this life of ours is like traveling abroad from our home country. He says, “As long as we are in the body, we are traveling away from the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6).” Since we are still traveling in a foreign land, we ought to keep in mind what our home country is – that country to which we must hasten by turning our backs on the attractions and delights of this life. This Homeland toward which we travel is the only place where we can find true rest because God does not wish us to find rest anywhere else. The reason is simple: if God gave us perfect rest while we were still abroad, we would find no pleasure in returning home.” 

St. Augustine.

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