St. Padre Pio: Marian Consecration Series


One awesome I’m doing at Radiance and Grace Magazine is profiling saints with a Marian devotion to inspire people to consider Marian Consecration.

Today is Padre Pio’s feast day so check out what I have to say about him!

Ever since I stopped being a college student, there have been three very significant days on my calendar for September: one is the feast day of Mary’s birth on September 8th. The second is my mom’s birthday on September 22nd. And third is the feast day of St. Padre Pio on September 23rd. My mom has a Rosary with a picture of Padre Pio on the medal and often prays to him. She also has a great Marian devotion as well, which is typical of Filipino culture. Filipino culture is also deeply steeped in devotion to St. Padre Pio. There’s even a center and a chapel devoted to him in Quezon City, Manila, my mother’s hometown. But before I go into the devotion, I want to look more into the man himself.

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Therese, Faustina, and Mary: Ladies of Radiance

ladies of radiance

Photo courtesy of Melissa Clayton

From Radiance and Grace Magazine:

I’ll be honest. When I think of the word “Radiance,” I usually think of a pregnant lady first. But a few other things come to mind like the word “effulgent,” a synonym of “radiant,” the imagery of fireworks, and a bright, shining light. The beautiful thing about being a Catholic is that there are so many beautiful, wonderful ways to be a woman, to be a Catholic woman, and there are many unique ways to have radiance. Like light shining through a stained glass window, God shines through our lives in a multifaceted way, giving us His radiance. You can have radiance just by doing little things every day, as St. Therese did. You can have radiance by trusting completely in God like Saint Faustina did. Most of all, you can have radiance by being active, just like the Blessed Virgin Mary.


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