Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book I
Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book I, written by Diane Allen and published by Padre Pio Press was revised and expanded in October 2013 with 8 additional chapters and 60 pages added to the original publication. Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry: Book I which now features 55 chapters and 460 pages is a glimpse into the life and spirituality of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, who has often been called “The greatest mystic of the 20th Century.”
Forty individuals, all who either met Padre Pio personally or attended his Mass, were interviewed for this book. The author and her husband, Deacon Ron Allen, have traveled to many parts of the United States in order to record the personal testimonies of Padre Pio’s friends from near and far.
Other chapters in the book which examine Padre Pio’s unique spirituality are titled, The Transverberation, The Extraordinary Perfume of Padre Pio, Padre Pio’s Way of the Cross, Padre Pio’s Love for the Virgin Mary, Answered Prayers, Padre Pio’s Holy Death, and more.
About the author: Diane Allen has been writing the quarterly Padre Pio publication, Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry since 1999. Her writings on Padre Pio have appeared in the North American Voice of Fatima magazine, the Voice of Padre Pio magazine,Canticle magazine, Padre Pio Foundation of America publication, and Station of the Cross publication. She has been a guest on EWTN’s Global Catholic Radio program as well as on Radio Veritas worldwide Catholic Radio and Radio Maria. For regular inspirational stories of Padre Pio, visit the author’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/PadrePIoDevotions. You can also visit Padre Pio Devotions at Google +.
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Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio, Book II
Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio, Book II, written by Diane Allen and published by Padre Pio Press, contains 39 chapters and 480 pages. The author continued her research and study of the life and spirituality of Padre Pio for her second book on the saint who has often been referred to as “the greatest mystic of the 20th Century.” She has also continued to travel to different parts of the U.S. with her husband, Deacon Ron Allen, in order to interview those who met Padre Pio and had a testimony to share. The introduction to the book is written by Reverend Edward Steriti, O.C.S.O. of St. Joseph’s Trappist Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts.
Recorded in Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book II, is the testimony of Father Louis Solcia, spiritual director of the Padre Pio Prayer Group in San Diego for more than 20 years. Also included is the story of Alex Quinn, popular song writer and recording artist of Belfast, Northern Ireland and the miracle his family received through the intercession of Padre Pio. Be sure to read the testimony of the cloistered Carmelite nun, Sister Pia of Jesus Crucified, who found her vocation to religious life on her first visit to San Giovanni Rotondo and made her confession to Padre Pio on many occasions. Mario Bruschi, organizer for the last 33 years of the annual Padre Pio Mass and Celebration at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Washington, New Jersey, was also interviewed. Mario reluctantly agreed to accompany his mother to the monastery of Our Lady of Grace in San Giovanni Rotondo in 1957. His meeting with Padre Pio proved to be a life-changing experience. Father Vic Robles, founder of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in the Philippines and rector of the Shrine for fifteen years, also shares his story of the graces he received through the intercession of Padre Pio.
Additional chapters include: Padre Pio – An Extraordinary Confessor, Padre Pio’s Love for the Holy Angels, The Clergy Remembers Padre Pio, Padre Pio’s Gift of Bilocation, Padre Pio’s Prophetic Spirit, More Stories from the War Years, Padre Pio – A True Spiritual Father, Padre Pio and the Children, Dreams of Padre Pio, Padre Pio’s Hospital:The Home for the Relief of Suffering, Padre Pio’s Healing Touch, Padre Pio’s Seraphic Father: St. Francis of Assisi and much more. Padre Pio’s prayers are also included.
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I wish to thank the Lord for having given us dear Padre Pio, for having given him to our generation in this very tormented century. In his love for God and for his brothers and sisters, he is a sign of great hope.
– Pope John Paul II
Daily Reflection, a new book published by Padre Pio Press and edited by Diane Allen contains a spiritual reflection for each day of the year taken from the writings of the saints and other holy men and women of God.
The short meditations are taken from the popular Today’s Reflection page at the Padre Pio Devotions website – www.saintpio.org. The healing thoughts and prayers in this volume have been carefully selected and are presented as daily encouragement in order to enlighten, inspire, and uplift the soul.
The book contains excerpts from the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Augustine, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Francis de Sales, St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II, St. John Vianney, Blessed Charles de Foucauld, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. John of the Cross, St. Bernadette, Pope Benedict XVI, St. Teresa of Avila and many more.
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Several selections from the Daily Reflection follow:
I will live in the present moment and fill it with love. A straight line is made of millions of little points, one united with the other. My life, too, is made of millions of seconds and minutes united one with the other. If I arrange every single point perfectly, the line will be straight. If I live every minute perfectly, my life will be holy. The road of hope is paved with little steps of hope. The life of hope is made of brief minutes of hope…Every minute I want to sing with the whole Church – “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.”
– Father Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan.
Let us imagine that we are a brush in the hand of an infinitely perfect artist. What must a brush do to make the painting turn out most beautiful? It must allow itself to be guided as perfectly as possible…When Eternal Wisdom, God, uses us as an instrument, then we shall act most fruitfully…when we permit ourselves to be directed most perfectly and entirely.
– St. Maximilian Kolbe
Jesus, Friend of a lonely heart. You are my haven, You are my peace. You are my salvation, You are my serenity in moments of struggle and amidst an ocean of doubts. You are the bright ray that lights up the path of my life. You are everything to a lonely soul…You know our weaknesses, and like a good physician, You comfort and heal, sparing us sufferings…
– St. Faustina Kowalska
Our present life is given only to gain the eternal one and if we don’t think about it, we build our affections on what belongs to this world, where our life is transitory. When we have to leave it we are afraid and become agitated. Believe me, to live happily in this pilgrimage, we have to aim at the hope of arriving at our Homeland, where we will stay eternally. Meanwhile we have to believe firmly that God calls us to Himself and follows us along the path towards Him. He will never permit anything to happen to us that is not for our greater good. He knows who we are and He will hold out His paternal hand to us during difficulties, so that nothing prevents us from running to Him swiftly. But to enjoy this grace we must have complete trust in Him.
– St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Whatever the work with which you have been entrusted – as a religious, as a layperson – it is a means for you to put your love for God in a living action…Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing…So if I want to know how much I love Christ, if I want to know if I am really in love with God, then I have only to look at how I do the work He has entrusted to me – how much love I put into the doing of that work. You see, it is not the work in itself that is our vocation – our vocation is to belong totally to Jesus…What you are doing I may not be able to do…What I am doing, you may not be able to do…but all of us together are doing something beautiful for God.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fulfillment that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life…It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.
– Pope John Paul II