Foggia, Italy, Sep 23, 2019 / 15:18 pm
Padre Pio, who had the physical marks of Christ's passion on his body, showed Christ crucified to the world, Minister General Fr. Roberto Guerin, OFM Cap., said during a Mass for the saint's feast on Monday.
"It is not difficult to understand that [Padre Pio's] whole life as a priest was marked by a constant incorporation into the crucified Lord," Guerin said Sept. 23.
"Not only did Padre Pio find the face of God in the face of Christ, but he also immersed himself in the wounds of the hands and feet and, like his Father Saint Francis, in the deep wound of the Lord's heart."
"His body itself was pierced like that of the Savior to become a constant sign of the offering of his own body and blood that Jesus continues to work through the Church, in the gift of the sacraments and the Word of life of the Gospel."