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September 23rd: Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Gospel text (Mt 11:25-30): Jesus said in reply, "For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we celebrate a modern and very popular saint. Padre Pio, a Franciscan, was famous for the gift of “stigmata”: when he was 31, the same wounds of the crucified Jesus appeared in his hands and on his side. Until a few minutes before his transfer to heaven, Padre Pio patiently carried these "wounds": hands pierced, bleeding. Just before he died, they disappeared completely. It was a peculiar way of participating in the Passion of Christ.

—But Saint Pio of Pietrelcina imitated Jesus Christ, above all, with his life of generous dedication to others, especially administering the sacrament of Penance and devoting many hours to prayer.