Thursday, 11 October 2018 06:41

Devotees’ prayers to St. Padre Pio

Thousands of devotees of St. Padre Pio flocked at The Manila Cathedral during the three-day visit of the heart relic of the Italian priest of Pietrelcina.

Unmindful of the heat of the sun and the occasional pour of rain, the faithful devotees including the young, old, pregnant, sick and with disabilities, patiently waited for hours for their turn to venerate the relic and prayed with their hearts.

Faith brought the devotees in this three-day visit of the heart relic of Padre Pio. They believe in the power of prayer. They look up to Padre Pio not as God, but as an instrument where they can send their prayers.

Devotees say their prayer in silence after venerating the heart relic of St. Padro Pio at the Manila Cathedral (Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao)

Marina Santos, 56, married with five kids, hails from Bagong Silang Caloocan City, is one of the many devotees who believed that miracles do happen when you have faith. 

Three years ago she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. With a teary-eyed, the woman became emotional as she was thankful to Padre Pio for hearing and bringing her intentions to the Lord.

“Sa pananalig ko kay Padre Pio at sa Diyos, sabi ko tulungan niya ako, more extension ng buhay ko para makapaglingkod pa ako sa Diyos,” she said.

After surviving from cancer, she unselfishly prays for guidance for her family to God through Padre Pio.

“Patnubayan at gabayan ang buhay ng mga anak ko, iligtas sa mga sakuna, at siyempre in case na wala na ako, sana maging maayos ang mga anak ko,” she said.

According to her, she is a member of Mother Butler and Soldier of Christ, a Charismatic Community in Caloocan. 

Aside from her devotion to Padre Pio, Santos, being a mother, shared that she is also a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“Si Mama Mary, humihingi din ako ng tulong sa kanya para ilapit ako kay Hesus. Kaya hawak lang tayo sa Panginoon. Sa tulong ng ina at ni Padre Pio na tulay natin sa pagdadasal, pagbibigyan ang ating kahilingan lalung lalo na ang mga may sakit na gustong maglingkod,” she shared.

Ericson Sabungan, 20, is from Northern Samar. He admitted that he is not really a devotee but it doesn’t mean he does not believe in the intercession of Padre Pio. His faith that prayers are the strongest form of communication with the Lord is what brought him to The Manila Cathedral to venerate and pray. One of his prayers according to him was granted.

“Yung prayer ko, I prayed to have a Latin honor. I graduated Cumlaude. And this made my parents and siblings proud kasi sila ang nagpa-aral sa akin,” he said.

At the moment, while taking a nursing review, he prays to have a 100 percent passing grade. He also prays to land a good job and to have a stable life in the future.

Asked if he would encourage other young people to have a devotion to Padre Pio, the young man joyfully said, he will.

“Nowadays po, na-observe ko po mga kabataan ngayon nalalayo na kay God dahil yung influence po ng technology, nalalayo na yung perception nila kay God. Nababawasan na po,” he said.

Sabungan also shared that he looks up to Padre Pio for being holy and prayerful. He also admires the saint for bearing the same wounds that Jesus bore.

A Farewell Mass for the heart relic of Padre Pio was held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 6 a.m. It will be transferred to the Archdiocese of Cebu (Visayas) from October 11-13 then to the Archdiocese of Davao (Mindanao) from October 14-16.

The next destination is at the Lipa Cathedral in Batangas on October 17 and will be brought back to the National Shrine of Padre Pio in Santo Tomas, Batangas on October 18 until its departure to San Giovanni, Rotondo in Italy on October 26. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)







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