Friday, 21 September 2018 07:24

Padre Pio’s holiness in the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons


Finding the visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio timely in the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of The Manila Cathedral, urged his fellow priests to draw inspiration from the life and sufferings of the saint.

“Nawa sa taong ito ng mga pari at ng mga taong nagtalaga sa Diyos, makita naming si Padre Pio bilang isang magandang halimbawa ng aming pagsunod sa Panginoon, sa pamamagitan ng paggawa ng aming mga tungkulin ng buong katapatan at sa pamamagitan din ng pagbabata ng aming paghihirap sa katahimikan bilang pagsunod sa kalooban ng Diyos,”  Fr. Malicdem said.


Clergy from the different dioceses and archdioceses attend the celebration of the Holy Eucharist during the third day of PCNE5
Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao


He reflected on the life of Padre Pio who lived in San Giovanni Rotondo in Foggia, Italy and spent his life as a Capuchin Friar. During his ministry, there were controversies and suspicions on him receiving the stigmata. He was brought to a secluded place and was not allowed to perform his priestly duties. 

The holiness of Padre Pio was reflected during those times when he embraced with obedience and an open heart the pain he bore from the wounds of Christ.

“Si Padre Pio, hindi lang naman s’ya gumawa ng mga karaniwang ginagawa ng isang pari, nagmimisa, nagpapakumpisal, nangangaral, yung kabanalan ni Padre Pio ay nakita rin natin dun sa kan’yang tahimik na pagbabata ng paghihirap, at pakikiisa sa paghihirap ni Kristo. Alam nating lahat na sakan’yang katawan dinala rin ni Padre Pio yung mga sugat ni Hesus,”  Fr. Malicdem said.

In the observance of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, where the Church is being castigated by various issues, Fr. Malicdem urged his brother priests to respond to the call of holiness by carrying out with joy and ardor their own sufferings and mission of evangelization.

“Maraming pagsubok sa daigdig na ito, maraming pag-uusig ang hinaharap ng simbahan at maraming pag-uusig, lalong-lalo na sa mga namumuno sa Simbahan. Pero sa tahimik na pagbabata nito, sa tahimik na pagdadala nito sa aming mga puso bilang pakikibahagi namin sa paghihirap, sa pagdurusa ni Kristo, doon nagkakaroon din kami ng kabanalan,”  Fr. Malicdem said.

According to a circular letter released by the Archdiocese of Manila, the visit of the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio will highlight the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Person. 

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission of the Clergy (CBCP-ECC), in cooperation with the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas is hosting the visit of the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio to the Philippines from October 5-26, 2018.

The heart relic will be in Luzon (October 8-11), Visayas (October 11-13), and Mindanao (October 14-16).

Part of the Luzon visit, the heart relic will be in the University of Santo Tomas on October 8, 2018. The whole day is dedicated for the Priests and Consecrated Persons. From October 9-11, 2018, the relic will be in Manila Cathedral. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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