Welcoming the Holy Spirit with Padre Pio
Publication date: April 5, 2024
Let the Holy Spirit lead you to the Living Water that feeds our well of faith.
When asked about his spiritual gifts of healing, bilocation, prophecy, and stigmata, Padre Pio replied, “You know, they are a mystery to me, too.” While you might think he is just being modest, he is actually getting at the heart of how the Holy Spirit works in every Christian’s life. We can’t fully understand why God gives us certain gifts, but as we walk with Christ, we can engage with this mystery and journey towards holiness.
In Welcoming the Holy Spirit with Padre Pio, Susan De Bartoli shares stories and wisdom from the life of this humble monk to show how we can use our unique spiritual gifts to love others and draw from the well of faith to encounter Christ in profound ways.
Following the success of her Advent devotional, Welcoming the Christ Child with Padre Pio, Susan De Bartoli invites you to explore Padre Pio’s relationship with the third member of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, who is the source of all spiritual gifts.
Through the stories of this simple Capuchin priest, you’ll discover what is possible for those who surrender themselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. At Baptism, we all receive the fruits of the Spirit—gifts like wisdom, fortitude, and piety—that empower us to “dive deep” into the well of faith. The Holy Spirit also graces some of us with special charisms—supernatural gifts such as healing, teaching, or intercessory abilities—intended to serve the Church. In this book, you’ll learn how to nurture these gifts, just as Padre Pio did, so that even your “ordinary“ spiritual gifts and charisms can bless others and deepen your own faith.
Each chapter offers quotations from Padre Pio, a short story about the saint, prayer, and reflection questions that you can apply to your own life, such as:
- What are my spiritual gifts and how have I seen them play out in my life already?
- Am I consistently drinking from the well of faith?
- What does the Lord want me to do with my life, and how can I use my spiritual gifts to serve the Church?
- Am I willing to surrender even the good things in my life to glorify the Lord?
Welcoming the Holy Spirit with Padre Pio is the perfect companion for those who are already drawn to Padre Pio’s spirituality or anyone yearning to strengthen their relationship with the Holy Spirit. Through the example of this extraordinary saint, you will discover how continually drawing from the well of Living Water can drastically change your everyday walk with Christ.
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“A deeper understanding of Padre Pio.”
“By the end of this book, you will have gained a deeper understanding of Padre Pio, his many gifts, and his devotion and love for Jesus Christ.”
Julie Fitts Ritter
Executive Director, the Padre Pio Foundation of America
“A pilgrimage in writing.”
“This book helps us to unveil the mystery of Padre Pio’s spiritual gifts and struggles while enkindling in us personal conversion. It offers deeper insights into the life of this beloved twenty-first century saint while encountering a new invitation to holiness. A pilgrimage in writing.”
Owner, January Jane Shop
“An engrossing meditation.”
“Welcoming the Holy Spirit with Padre Pio is an engrossing meditation on the life of Padre Pio. Susan De Bartoli masterfully sets the historical and spiritual drama by drawing upon the private prayer life and letters of Padre Pio as well as firsthand accounts of his life and works. This book is perfect for those unacquainted with this modern mystic, for those who are looking to grow deeper in their devotion to him, and for families who are looking for a spiritual resource that will engage all ages in fruitful conversation.”
Cofounder and Director, Saints Alive Podcast
“A great read.”
“Susan De Bartoli's devotion, love, and knowledge of Padre Pio shine through her writing. Welcoming the Holy Spirit with Padre Pio is a great read for anyone looking to understand more about how Padre Pio lived in two worlds: the physical and the spiritual.”
Director of Communications, National Centre for Padre Pio
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