THE VOICE OF PADRE PIO; NO. 1, 1994
From In the Margin, by Fr. Joseph Pius Martin
The people who make up some 3,000 Padre Pio Prayer Groups in the world share a common need and when it is
not met, its lack becomes detrimental to the life of the group. It is really a very basic thing: people want to hear
something about Padre Pio and this is very often denied them. Not having this desire met, people begin to lose
interest and start to drop out.
The difficulty is with the priests who, well-intentioned as they are, don’t know Padre Pio and naturally cannot give
what they don’t have. Group leaders should supply them with reading material on the Padre so that this lack can
be met and thereby protect the life of the group.
Padre Pio’s sanctity is complete and there is no area of Christian teaching that cannot be touched upon by something
that happened to his life or by something he said or wrote. Time has proven that this need is vital for the prayer groups.
Pastors should be informed that the Padre Pio Prayer Groups were officially recognized by the Holy See in 1968. They usually start with the Rosary and go on to Mass. Padre Pio specified that a priest was to be in charge of each prayer group. Some groups not being able to have Mass will pray in adoration before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, imitating their Spiritual Father who spent hours daily in front of the tabernacle. The important thing is to pray, and community prayer is more powerful than individual prayer.
[Note from JS: Some very wise words from Fr. Joseph. In other words, Padre Pio must be spiritually present. I attended a number of Father Joseph’s Holy Hours in San Giovanni Rotondo. He brought Padre Pio into the meeting of the groups by reading one of his letters. It was a perfect way to infuse the sense of Padre Pio into the prayers. A short homily about the letter would inspire. . .]
For those starting a prayer group, or who wish to join one, the two links below have all the information:
FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO FORM A PADRE PIO PRAYER GROUP
(All else) firstname.lastname@example.org