"Children will save the world!"
This is what Padre Pio told Padre Pio Dellepiane of the Minim Friars of St. Francis of Paola, whose beatification process is underway. He said it often.... "Children will save the world!"
Padre Pio and Children
by Jeanette Salerno
What did Padre Pio have in mind when he said repeatedly, "Children will save the world!"? How would children do it?
Padre Pio had a plan, a hope. The final chapter of Padre Pio and Children is the story of the mission with children Padre Pio wanted so much, and how it is already underway.
From the Preface:
I never imagined "My Padre Pio book" -- as I used to call it in its planning stages -- would be about children! I hadn't the slightest intention of singling out that aspect of his life--but the Lord surprises! One doesn't need to have given birth to know instinctively that children inspire our finest instincts, like the music that soothes the savage breast. We are saved by the love they arouse, the love we find ourselves capable of through them, by the hope they bring us. The desire in our hearts to keep them pure--purifies us.
The old cliché that chilren are our future has never been more important. That they will save the future has never been more true. They continue the life of the Church, of Christianity, of God's Plan-- in the novelist's words --of His Narrative...
Padre Pio and Children begins with Padre Pio as a child himself, Francesco Forgione, and in Francesco's presence comes a miracle for another child. Coincidence? As Padre Pio would often say, "And who is it who arranges the coincidences?"
AND WHO IS IT WHO ARRANGED THESE COINCIDENCES IN PADRE PIO'S LIFE?
* The first miracle associated with Padre Pio was the cure of a child.
* The first Padre Pio bilocation was at the birth of a child.
* His first spiritual child was an unborn baby.
* The last Communion Padre Pio gave was First Communion to a chile.
* The last miracle of Padre Pio was the cure of a child.
* The Beatification miracle was the cure of a mother.
* The Canonization miracle. . .was the cure of a child.
If God speaks to us through events, then a message is staring at us in these firsts and lasts of Padre Pio's life.
A divine Impulse seemed to be using Padre Pio's great love of children as a Voice of His Will.
Once I saw it, I couldn't let go...I finally began writing "my Padre Pio book."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
. Chapter 1: The First Miracle
. Chapter 2: The First Bilocation
. Interlude The Crowds
. Chapter 3: Litany of Miracles 1
. Chapter 4: Built by the Heart of Padre Pio
. Chapter 5: The Spastic Centers
. Interlude When Doctors Go to Visit Padre Pio. . .
. Chapter 6: Litany of Miracles 2
. Chapter 7: Frankie and Francesca
. Interlude Padre Pio and Heaven
. Chapter 8: The Mystery of Unanswered Prayers
. Chapter 9: What Padre Pio Thought About Abortion
. Chapter 10: The Last Communion
. Chapter 11: The Last Miracle
. Chapter 12: The Beatification Miracle
. Chapter 13: The Canonization Miracle
. Interlude What Children Thought About Padre Pio
. Chapter 14: "Children will save the World" The Meaning of it All
. Selected Reading
Sorry for the delay in publishing the book...Life gets in the way, and a series of family illnesses and deaths has given me the honor of being something of a caregiver.
But -- book will be ready soon!
If you would like to know when this book is released, just email me and you'll hear from us.
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A very old print of the Babe of Bethlehem, found
among my Aunt Londie's (RIP) things...