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Every day this Lent, we’ll explore the
life and faith of a bearded Catholic saint.
We’ll pray with them, and together we’ll grow in holiness and manliness.
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St. Padre Pio
FEAST DAY: SEPTEMBER 23RD | LIVED: 1887-1968
Franciscan priest and Saint of the Church Padre Pio was a humble and holy man. From a very young age he had profound visions and encounters with Christ. His physical health was tenuous for most of his life, but his spiritual connection with God was incredibly healthy. During regular confessions one week with his community, the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) started appearing on his body.
Throughout his life, Padre Pio continually turned to and pointed others to prayer saying, “Pray, pray to the Lord with me, because the whole world needs prayer. And every day, when your heart especially feels the loneliness of life, pray. Pray to the Lord, because even God needs our prayers.”
“Pray, and don’t worry.”
Daily Blessing of the Beard
Lord above, bless this beard as it grows from my face.
Let it serve as a reminder that I am yours.
Let it serve as a symbol of my role in your kingdom.
Let it serve as a sign of your blessing in my life.
As I was anointed and claimed for you at my Baptism,
I anoint this beard as a reminder of love.
we ask for a boundless confidence
and trust in Your divine mercy,
and the courage to accept
the crosses and sufferings
which bring immense goodness
to our souls and that of Your Church.
Help us to love You
with a pure and contrite heart,
and to humble ourselves beneath Your cross,
as we climb the mountain of holiness,
carrying our cross that leads to heavenly glory.
May we receive You
with great faith and love in Holy Communion,
and allow You to act in us as You desire
for your greater glory.
O Jesus, most adorable Heart
and eternal fountain of Divine Love,
may our prayer find favor before
the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father.