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This year the Church celebrates the 130th anniversary of St. Pio of Pietrelcina’s birth as well as the 15th anniversary of his canonization. During his life, Padre Pio had a great devotion to the heart of Jesus and this devotion had a deep effect on his own ministry and the advice he gave to others.
He once wrote to a spiritual daughter, “Do not ever lose heart when the tempest rages; place all your trust in the heart of the most gentle Jesus. Pray and I might add, devoutly pester the divine heart.”
His words are a great consolation and teach us how we should, like St. John at the Last Supper, lean on the “gentle” heart of Jesus and give to him all our cares. Jesus is the one who can soothe our souls and give us peace when everything around us is in turmoil.
Padre Pio also suggests that we “pester” Jesus’ heart with our cares. Sometimes God wants us to keep praying for a particular intention so that a change occurs within us and our own heart opens a little wider.
As we consider the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for this month, let us entrust them to the “heart of the most gentle Jesus” and “devoutly pester” him with the intentions throughout the month.
Writer and Content Manager
Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)