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Italy: The Padre Pio I Know

Padre Pio is my spiritual giant. He is my one and only favorite saint! :)

I came across Padre Pio’s life story one stormy night in Manila, Philippines. They have just suspended classes in all levels the next day, and since I work in a school, that means I have a free day too! Yey! So I decided to curl on my bed and devour a new book I was reserving for the weekend, which apparently, mentioned Padre Pio several times. Too many times, actually, that I decided to make a little research on who this man was. From then on, I have never forgotten this holy man, nor his story, nor what he has done in my life.

This blog post is actually about the circumstances behind my trip to San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. I took this trip to fulfill a promise I have made to the dear Padre after an almost impossible prayer has been granted through his intercession. Suffice it to say that I live in Paris, France now because of him. Now, isn’t that quite an impossible prayer request? And yes, it has been granted a few days after I wrote him a letter.

I remember that lazy Saturday afternoon in Manila when my husband and I decided to just go and visit Padre Pio’s Chapel in Libis, Quezon City. There was no mass going on and there were just a few people inside the chapel. I was thrilled to be able to go in front and kneel in front of his relic, where you can also write your prayer request. It was my first time to actually go up front because the place is always packed whenever we go there. So I took my sweet time and stared at the framed relic for quite sometime…half expecting that something will jump out of it! Hihihi! When I realized that nothing extraordinary will happen, I started to write my prayer request. No, actually, it was not a request…it was just me writing a letter to a good friend and telling him what’s interesting about my life.

I remember writing down that I tremendously enjoyed my Paris trip in 2006 when my husband was assigned there. I told Padre Pio that I wished I had more time and more money to spend in that beautiful city…and if he can tell Papa God that I am very thankful for such blessing since I was only wishing of visiting HongKong Disneyland for Christmas, but he took me to Disneyland Paris instead! I also told him if he thinks it is possible for me to go and live there, and maybe work there, and maybe learn French? I even wrote “hihihi” after it as I wasn’t serious about my request. I just wanted to share my dreams with the Padre, as I normally would to my close friends. I drew a big heart with the words “thank you” inside…a drawing I always make since I was young, which hasn’t improved over the years…just like all my other stick drawings. I guess I’m not much of an artist. And of course, I signed my name — the one with the flower drawing at the end, which people say looks more like a mosquito. I kissed my letter…yeah, I always kiss my letters…and dropped it in the special box they have in the chapel. That was Saturday.

The next day, Sunday, hubby and I were¬† surfing the Internet when I came across a job posting from an IT company in France. I showed the job opening to him and he said that it was an “exact” match with his professional profile. But what grabbed both our attention was that it was the same company where he was assigned to two years ago, and it says the work would be mostly based in Paris. I felt more or less 10 butterflies in my stomach. I have this nagging suspicion that my letter has indeed reached heaven. And so, my hubby sent them his CV and hoped for the best.

That Wednesday, hubby was on his way home when he received a call from Ireland where the hiring office of the IT company is based. He was asked a few basic questions and he was actually surprised that the lady knew a lot about him already which were not even part of his CV. As it turns out, the HR lady already made her research and called people in France since the open position was for the same project he worked on two years ago…with pretty much the same people on the team, and pretty much the same everything. What are the chances, huh?! And just like that, after a few more interviews, we received confirmation a couple of days after, that they are hiring him. If I can, I would have given Padre Pio a bear hug right then and there! I wonder…can you actually do that to a saint?!

Standing at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport six months after all this happened, I am still at awe on how the circumstances seem to be tailor-made for us. I said a silent prayer of thanks and made a promise that the first town I will ever visit outside Paris will be San Giovanni Rotondo, the little town on the mountain that was home to Padre Pio for 50 years. I wanted to go there to personally thank the dear Padre who has probably read my letter out loud to Papa God. I hope he showed Him my heart drawing, too. And I wonder if they think that the flower on my signature really looks like a mosquito. Does it? Will it be better if I drew a star instead? I guess I will never know…

To read about our trip to San Giovanni Rotondo, which can also serve as your travel guide if you plan to go there, please click here.

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Time: September 16, 2009, 9:53 pm

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Comment from carol sabroso
Time: September 29, 2009, 2:32 pm

wow that’s wonderful blessings, indeed.

Comment from teri
Time: November 5, 2009, 8:18 pm

Hi Monette,

Thank you for the very beautiful description of the St. Pio Chapel and for giving detailed directions going there. I have heard about this place from my sister & it has been on my mind to go and visit. I believe you are truly blessed by St. Pio and that you and your husband were truly destined to live in France as per your wish. Thanks to St. Pio and our heavenly Father for granting your request!

I have some pressing issues in my own life at the moment and it is consoling to know that this place could bring renewed hope for the future.
Thanks again and God bless you and your hubby!

Teri

Comment from arlene
Time: November 10, 2009, 5:23 pm

wow!! nakaka inspire naman ang kwento mo. ive been searching lately for something i dont know what. i tried na most of all the church that all catholic been goin.

thank you and god bless!

Comment from Prose
Time: November 29, 2009, 4:41 am

I’ve been dying to go to St. Pio’s chapel in Libis but have no idea on how to get there. Thank you for the directions! Thank you also for describing the chapel. I hope to go there anytime this week.

Thank you and God Bless.

Comment from may nitura
Time: December 13, 2009, 9:56 am

hi monette,
as i was reading your story about the miracle padre pio gave you. i cant wait to go to pdre pio”s chapel to thank him about the miracle which he gave me too.. ive learned about him when i watched the rated K and try to pray his novena immediately. asking him to help me get a visa to korea which i know i cant have it because i was banned for working there as TNT.. surprisingly after 1 week korean embassy issued a visa for me but when i arrived in the korea airport the immigration officer saw my old ID i was interogated for 4 hours and i was expecting to go back to the philippines right at that moment but when i call his name it was really magic that the officer told me to just go.. i want to think tat padre pio help me..

Comment from may nitura
Time: December 13, 2009, 9:59 am

hi monett, please try to e mail me pictures of padre pio”s church in rotondo italy. this is mye mail add. maezon21@yahoo.com

Comment from Ina Rabino-Dahilig
Time: February 10, 2010, 12:23 pm

thank you so much Ms. Monette, your story is awesome! The more that I get to really love Padre Pio. I actually gave birth to our second baby boy last Sept. 23rd 2009 and learned that it’s Padre Pio’s death anniversary. Since we already decided to name our baby Francis Angelo (Francis taken from the late Francis Magalona), I told my husband to call him Pio as his nickname instead of Kiko. Sept. 23rd also happens to be my mother’s birthday and my anniversary here in the US. I started to know Padre Pio also when I saw him featured on Rated K. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog about him and can’t wait to visit his chapel in Libis and hopefully we can go to Italy as well (through his help :-)
Be more blessed :-)

Comment from jen v.
Time: March 2, 2010, 3:33 pm

hi monette,

i was inspired by your blog about st. pio…nadiscover ko abt him is thru TFC…since then, nagresearch nako kun sino nga si st. pio…parang natouched nya puso ko…ewan ko kun ano meron karisma pro sabi ko sarili ko sya na ang magiging patron saint ko….
thanks for posting d map…at least pag umuwi ako sa pinas alam ko na kun and there’s no reason para dko makadalaw don…
monette, may favor sana ako….i work in middle east country, meron naman catholic church dito pro wala sila novena prayer or picture ni st. pio….pwede ba ko makahingi sa yo???i know pede magdownload sa internet pro mas gus2 ko talaga totoong picture nya or prayer booklet….at chaka parang iba pag galing italy….cencia kapal ko no?
anyway, hope to hear from u…god bless!!

jen(“,)

Comment from monette
Time: March 17, 2010, 11:55 pm

Hi Jen!

Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m so happy you’ve heard of Padre Pio — he is great! I’ll see about that novena. Can you give me your address so I can send you a copy in case I have one more to spare? :)

Comment from hydie
Time: March 21, 2010, 2:45 am

dear monette, there’s only one request i would like you to pls do for me. Please help me pray to Padre Pio for the complete healing of my husband Reden who has kidney disease. Ang sakit na sa dibdib Monette. Help me feel a little better. Thank you so much.

Comment from monette
Time: March 21, 2010, 11:16 pm

Hi Hydie,

Makaka-asa ka na me and my family will pray for Reden…and for you as well. It must be really difficult to stay strong given such a challenge. But we know that with God’s grace, everything will be alright.

Comment from rodeline
Time: April 28, 2010, 10:49 am

Hello, i saw your blog when i googled Padre Pio. I am in my late 30’s now and the first encounter that I have with him is thru TV. black and white pa nuon hehehehe, i saw this documentary about Padre Pio and his stigmata. Since then, I know his name but I don’t know the man behind the name. Until recently, narediscover ko sya. I always tell my friends that he is my bf, my bestfriend, my boyfriend, my what have you. pag agitated ako i would whisper his name then I am fine na.

Thank you for sharing this and I would like to believe that it is Padre Pio’s way of telling me na there’s no need for me to go to Lipa Batangas to visit him.

Again, thank you and God Bless you and your family

Comment from aileen
Time: April 30, 2010, 11:08 pm

hi ms.monette,

i myself have a wonderful blessing from god thru the intercession of padre pio.my youngest daughter was diagnosed with microcephaly and pachygyria.it was very devastating at first but bec of faith together with novenas to padre pio,her latest mri result has arrived at a different diagnosis,that after 2 yrs of age it will eventually disappear.what a great god and padre pio!

Comment from Bruce
Time: May 19, 2010, 10:07 pm

Hi Monette,

Thank you for the very beautiful description of the St. Pio Chapel and for giving detailed directions going there. I have heard about this place from my sister & it has been on my mind to go and visit. I believe you are truly blessed by St. Pio and that you and your husband were truly destined to live in France as per your wish. Thanks to St. Pio and our heavenly Father for granting your request!

I have some pressing issues in my own life at the moment and it is consoling to know that this place could bring renewed hope for the future.
Thanks again and God bless you and your hubby!

TeriReplyQuote

Comment from ellen
Time: September 16, 2010, 8:02 am

hi ms. monette…thank u for posting ur very inspiring story…was deeply touched and moved by ur words…u chose to use simple words so that every one can understand and be inspired..am one of those…i’l try to visit padre pio’s chapel in libis soon…keep inspiring others…God bless…

Comment from ellen
Time: September 16, 2010, 8:07 am

p.s.

actually i was crying wyl reading ur blog…i duno how to describe it pero parang upclose and personal na parang i get a personal invitation from padre pio himself to visit him in his chapel…just sharing how u spread padre pio’s love to us….thank u thank u thank u…..

Comment from aileen flores
Time: September 24, 2010, 1:57 am

my God!!! im so awed and amazed with your story monette…its really so inspiring that made me more a fanatic of padre pio and i just wish that my simple request will be granted. you know what is more creepy about this is that whenever i read padre pio’s miracles…goosebumps came out of my skin…even w/ your testimony about the job application even if i already read it couple of times already…its as if its the first time that i read it and i even shared this wonderful miracle w/c is really mysterious w/ my friend. truly you and padre pio had inspired me and changed my life. God Bless =)

Comment from Karla
Time: November 6, 2010, 3:10 pm

Hi,

I was in tears when i read you story. Im only 20 and i had so much to go through, especially now, my mate got stroke at 20. he is so young. I was very problematic because i dont want him to be that way forever. we have so much to do in our lives. Especially him. he’s just in his peak of achieving so many things, then one day, that day, i was in Landmark (of course i suppose yoy know po where that is) this 2 ladies is talking about St. pio chapel and i thought i recognize that name. and i did. I’ve always known Padre Pio since i was in 4th year highschool. and from then i realized is he talking to me. Did god want me to go to his chapel and maybe miracle and my prayers would be answered. That i would only in time.

I’ll be going tommorow. I hope for his response in my prayers for my love, for his recovery.

Thankyou po. for your directions there and your inspiring story.

Comment from liberty pereja
Time: November 7, 2010, 4:01 am

dear monette,
such an inspiring story! i would want to experience what you and the others felt and now that i, too, am in need of divine intercession from padre pio. if it’s not too much of a burden, can i ask a little prayer from you for my daughter who is now applying for an IT job in New Zealand she really needs the job in addition to my own personal prayer to padre pio? She is now in NZ trying her luck before her tourist visa expires. thank you for the inspiration. thank you god thank you padre pio…

Comment from maricar
Time: December 18, 2010, 2:33 pm

thanx for wonderful message from padre pio. That’s very inspiring. I want to go there in libis because I want to have a baby and a stable job dayshift. God bless.

Sincerely,
Mrs.Maricar Silvestre

Comment from Candy
Time: December 22, 2010, 4:50 am

Hi Ms. Monette,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful story and Padre Pio’s intercession to your request…I love reading testimonies…it make me feel good and happy..and sometimes it may be cry…knowing how much miracles and blessings that we received everyday… Me and my husband are both Padre Pio devotees too…we sometimes attend the mass at Libis but not that regular.. We are also continuously praying for Padre’s intercession that Papa God will grant our request to have our own healthy baby..it’s been almost 3 years now..I know that Padre still talking to Papa God (hehe..)..for our request..we’ll be waiting..together with Mama Mary..I know our little blessing will soon be here!….Advance Merry Christmas to you and to all the readers!God bless us all. Thank you Padre Pio…

Comment from michelle
Time: April 13, 2011, 3:51 pm

i really don’t know what to say….just THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
im so excited to go to st.pio’s chapel….i know he will grant my request. :))

Comment from joanna
Time: April 19, 2011, 4:10 am

I dont know if Ive already heard about Padre Pio before I saw it in “Umagang kay Ganda” when two of their host visited the chapel. I felt something unusual upon hearing miraculous stories made by Padre Pio from one of the show host. It was Monday morning and start of Holy Week, before that I was already planning to make a Bisita Iglesia since it was my first time to spent Holy Week here in Manila. Then, someone just whispered that I should visit Padre Pio Chapel in Libis instead of going to other places. It was a goosebump, and my heart is beating so fast… there is an indescribable feeling… it is so strange.. Lunchtime, I asked my officemate if she knew about Padre Pio Chapel in Libis.. she told me a lot of beautiful things about the chapel, the relief that it has given her during her visit… I became more and more excited to go there… so I googled how to go to Padre Pio Chapel. Upon researching the net, Ive open ur blog.. and read it. Wow, it is so inspiring.. not because of the granted prayers but the happiness Padre Pio Chapel have given a lot of people. I want to experience the same happiness and fulfillment.. Im not asking Him to give me the same thing Padre Pio have given to others… all I want is to visit Padre PIo Chapel and ask him to take good care of my loved ones… Now.. I am very much excited to visit the Chapel.. maybe this coming Maundy Thursday.. and hoping to have more days to visit Padre Pio Chapel.. Thanks to everyone who wrote so much inspiring articles and blogs regarding Padre Pio chapel… See you Padre Pio.. Cant wait to visit your home….

Comment from Cyndy
Time: April 19, 2011, 9:37 am

Hi Monette:

The dear Padre has definitely his own way of leading his spiritual children to finding him. Before I was only thrilled with stories about him. The miracles he had performed and the stigmata he had as a manifestation of his great love for Jesus. But now, I know that deep down in the my heart, he is more than all of those. He becomes my companion and dear friend, my angel. There is definitely not a single day in my life now that I do not remember him or say a little prayer or wish to him. Always reminding myself of his own wonderful prayer: PRAY, HOPE and DON’T WORRY! Tomorrow my husband and I will pay him a visit in his wonderful chapel in Libis. Our first time and hopefully not the last. Thank you so much for the direction and pray for us that we will be able to find this sanctuary. Best regards to you and hour husband. Your spiritual sister in Padre Pio, Cyndy

Comment from venus
Time: April 20, 2011, 5:26 am

hi there..ur story is truly inspiring. i heard about padre pio from julius and tintin babao in tv…when they shared their trip to italy and i guess asking for a baby then…i always have his name in my mind but never tried to search for him or maybe i did but then i am not a surf savy…madali ako mapagod magbasa…enweiz just a week ago during graduation rite of a good friend, my best friend introduced padre pio to me…to my amazement, i never wasted a time, at the back of my mind,after our lunch, i planned to go directly to sm bacoor and buy padre pio’s novena at saint pauls. i browsed and found two versions, a short and long novena. i chose the longer version since i want to learn more about him. i rarely finished a novena since as they always said the fallen angels tend to make me asleep or forgot that i have to say my novena. at any rate I AM ABLE to finish the novena to Padre Pio.I did have my answered prayers. But the most significant was when I suffered from excruciating shoulder pain for unknown reason that I cant move my arm and felt the numbness and coldness as if no blood is flowing through my veins. As my son massaged my arm and shoulder with the oil from Kamay ni Hesus Church and saying Padre Pio’s name to intercede for me..to heal me coz I can hardly tolerate the pain (mind u …I have a super high pain threshold..that means when I felt the pain…it is really painful) as if I want to die at that moment …lo and behold after a couple of days…the pain is subsiding as if nothing happened…Then I remembered there is no pain like what Jesus felt when He bear the cross to the Calvary…Padre Pio is indeed a healer and a Great One! Hail Padre Pio! Hail Jesus Christ! Hail Saint Germain! Hail Mother Mary! Hail the Three fold Flame in Me!!!

Comment from Susan V
Time: December 9, 2011, 5:40 pm

Hi Monette,

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story about Padre Pio.

I want to share mine also. It’s cold morning here in Canada and doing nothing I googled about Padre Pio’s shrine in the Philippines, and read your story about your prayers.

Padre Pio is truly a great spiritual father and I have asked him to look after my whole family as his spiritual children. I always ask his guidance for simple things like looking for missing stuff and lo and behold I can find them. I have ordered some relics and will give them to my sisters and brothers in the Philippines and will tell them to visit the shrine in Libis.

Right now, I am asking his intercession to give us healing and help me find the right job for me. I know this will happen because of my faith, hope and trust in God.

I also want your readers to include the Poor Souls in Purgatory especially Padre Pio’s parents: Grazio and Giuseppa Forgione in their daily prayers.

Comment from tine
Time: February 9, 2012, 4:15 pm

really thank you for sharing your story, because of padre Pio’s intercession, my daughter passed the UP Diliman entrance exam2011.I really prayed hard for him to pray for that intention, and he really answered my prayer!

Comment from Teng
Time: November 12, 2012, 9:18 am

Hi there! i’m really thankful for ur blog. the testimonials of the people here have influenced a lot to us to come and visit St. Pio’s chapel the soonest. My husband and I had decided to visit the chapel by the end of this month. We are residing here in davao and both of us are not familiar on going there. Please share me some of ur advice on how to get there. We will be staying at Piuos hotel in united nations, manila. Please advice on ways to commute going to St. Pio’s chapel at libis. this will be a big help for us. everything is much appreciated. thanks in advance! God bless.

Comment from michael
Time: November 14, 2012, 7:23 pm

@Teng

Hi Teng! I think the easiest way would be to take the LRT-1 from United Nations and connect to LRT-2 going to Cubao station. From Cubao, you could take a Jeepney going to Eastwood Libis which will be very close to the St. Pio’s chapel. You could also take the LRT-2 up to Katipunan and take a cab from there. I have been away for 4 years now so I’m not sure of the other options but the jeepney from Cubao was the one Monette and I usually takes. I hope this helps. God bless!

Comment from Jen
Time: January 5, 2014, 5:20 am

Father pio is really great….

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