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God's Gift to God

There are days where giving yourself to God is miserably difficult.

You know that He is the source of all good - indeed, that He is goodness itself. You know that as the Creator of all that is good, He is infinitely more to be desired than the most desirable of His creatures. He is better than any earthly pleasure, any this-worldly happiness, any present success. You know, as St. Augustine discovered, that "You [God] have made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in You."

Why Padre Pio?

We celebrate his feast day on Sept. 23. Padre Pio (1887–1968) - the Italian friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic - is one of the most famous of our 20th-century saints. We can chalk that up to his stigmata - the wounds of Christ visible on his hands, feet, and side.

But why Padre Pio? And what does his stigmata mean for us? Also, you may be surprised to learn where the majority of people came from who came to visit him in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Listen in to Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC:

Mary, Moved to Tears

Have you ever made your mother cry?

Yeah, it makes me wince just to think of it. But sometimes children go too far - they're mischievous, or downright naughty; they get tired, sick, sore, or sinful; they just aren't doing what Mom wants, when she wants it.

Sometimes she yells. Sometimes, at the far end of her tether, she cries.

Well, the Blessed Virgin Mary isn't particularly known for yelling, but at least once, she just sat right down and wept.

When? At La Salette.


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