Welcoming the Christ Child with Padre Pio

Daily Reflections for Advent
Foreword by: Frank J. Caggiano

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: September 9, 2022

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St. Pio of Pietrelcina had a deep devotion to the Christ Child. The man more commonly known as Padre Pio also possessed extraordinary and unique mystical gifts: Jesus often came to him in the form of a little child.

In Welcoming the Christ Child with Padre Pio, stories about the saint known for his stigmata and ability to bilocate are woven with scripture and prayer to help you experience Advent—Padre Pio’s favorite season—with greater hope and joy.

Each day of Advent you will read an account from someone who knew Padre Pio, including

  • his Capuchin brothers’ amazement as they witnessed Padre Pio walking the halls of the monastery, cradling an apparition of the Christ Child;
  • the miraculous healing of Vera Marie Calandra, who was blessed by the Franciscan monk as an infant and whose parents later founded the National Centre for Padre Pio; and
  • examples of the extraordinary spiritual gifts of this holy confessor, including his stigmata, his ability to bilocate and read hearts, and the healing gifts that flowed from his fervent devotion to the Holy Family.

This book contains daily readings for Advent. Each day includes a quotation from Padre Pio, a short story about the saint, a scripture reflection, and prayer to help you follow this extraordinary saint’s example and welcome the Christ Child into your home and heart during Advent.

An appendix includes additional resources and prayers to learn more about Padre Pio.

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646801725

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A true gift for Advent.”

    “An excellent guide for a prayerful Advent through daily quotes, fascinating stories, seasonal scriptures, and personal reflection. This book is a true gift for your Advent!”

    Allison Gingras
    Host and creator of the podcast A Seeking Heart

  • “Unique.”

    Welcoming the Christ Child with Padre Pio is a unique and special way to celebrate the Christmas season.”

    Julie Fitts Ritter
    Executive director of the Padre Pio Foundation of America

  • “Spiritually rewarding.”

    “A most spiritually rewarding Advent journey. Walking each day of the season alongside Padre Pio, one easily opens to the truth that God loves each one of us and shows this through his birth in a manger. The coming birth of Jesus made Padre Pio’s Franciscan heart beat with joy; may it do the same for you.”

    Fr. Joseph Seraphin Dederick, OFM Cap.
    Provincial Minister
    Western America Province of the Capuchin Franciscans

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