Good Friday and Our Lady, a light admist the darkness

Padre Pio experienced the suffering of the Cross by bearing the Stigmata.

In his humility, Padre Pio couldn't believe that he would have an experience from which the Immaculate Mother of God would be exempt.

Padre Pio understood because of his trials the words of St. Thomas of Villanova, "Nothing was ever granted to any Saint which did not shine in a much higher degree in Mary from the first moment of her existence."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 263. (Mary Vitamin #24)


Kathleen's Catholic said...

What a beautiful statue! I've never seen anything like it before.

+JMJ+ said...

Kathleen, isn't it magnificent?! 32 feet high of steel....Charles Parks, the sculptor has made a few of these Marys and hopefully will make Divine Mercy statues too.

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