Friday, March 21, 2008

[MaryVitamin] Good Friday

Mary Vitamin for March 21st
Topic: Padre Pio & Good Friday
Father Stefano Manelli, FI
"Thus, in reflecting on the Passion and Death of Jesus, Padre Pio casts the eyes of his mind and affections of his heart upon Our Lady, who is fully present and united with her Son in His torments. To a spiritual daughter who confided in him one day that she believed that the Lady of Sorrows suffered the Passion of Jesus in her body as well, Padre Pio responded: 'Yes, I say this too'"
Mary at the Foot of the Cross V,  (Academy of the Immaculate), 499.
Padre Pio experienced the suffering of the Cross by bearing the Stigmata. In his humility, Padre Pio couldn't believe that he would have an experience from which the Immaculate Mother of God would be exempt.  Padre Pio understood because of his trials the words of St. Thomas of Villanova, 
"Nothing was ever granted to any Saint which did not shine in a much higher degree in Mary from the first moment of her existence."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 263. (Mary Vitamin #24)
I always thought of your [Our Lady's] spiritual pain at the foot of the Cross. Today, I will also think of your physical suffering as well. No wonder God allows such great miracles to occur through your intercession! You were so generous in suffering with Him
Marian Vow:
Father Stefano Manelli, FI
"There is a brief but very expressive passage in one of Padre Pio's letters in which he manifests how deeply united he was to the Divine Mother in his mystical Christification: 'I feel bound and tied to the Son by means of this Mother, though I cannot even see the chains that hold me so tightly.'"
Mary at the Foot of the Cross V, (Academy of the Immaculate), 501
 I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.