Translation from Italian version by Rita Gallo “Il mistero di Padre Pio (parte III)”
From the sermon of Don Pierino Galeone 21.09.2015.
I want mercy, not sacrifices”…
It’s set very well: the picture of the Gospel that you have listen, for the purpose to be able to continue the presentation of the picture, of the personality, of the mission of Father Pio. If we want to summarize the structure, whether physical, and spiritual, the, structure of his mission, we should say like this: Father Pio is, obviously for participation, The personification of Mercy. I already talked about the person of Father Pio, of the physical pain, the spiritual pain, the mystical suffering, which the pain was unimaginable. I presented to you even this personality of the Mercy of Father Pio, that he was invited from Jesus to go up on the Cross, were the Mercy in conquered, were to atone the sins and obtain the essence of Mercy. However know I desire, and I apologize, if I present the personality of Father Pio according my personal experience, because I saw Jesus twice in Father Pio: once the Altar and another time in the confessional; obviously those two places are completing each other, because on the Altar, like he himself used to say when has been asked: “But when have you suffered in the holy Mass the suffering of Jesus atone the sins of the world, having received from the Lord the gift to go up on the cross of the world?
Answered: Is in the consecration and Communion crucified Jesus, however I consume this participation in the communion; for which I die in Christ, and live of Christ; in the communion that in the exchange of life in gift, sacrifice to the Lord.”
Obviously this exchange of life direct in key of sacrifice; with the death of Jesus: In the communion were there’s Jesus death Father Pio in sacrifice gave himself to Jesus. And Jesus in sacrifice, even him died and then risen, gave himself to Father Pio, for which he could affirm “I live by dying” just in this precise moment which Father Pio take the Communion, I saw, and I was surprise, how come that at a certain point he was surprised, how come that at certain point he turned towards me. From behind I couldn’t see any thing (at that time Father Pio didn’t celebrate direct towards the people, but towards the Crucifix), I always looked Father Pio on the Altar. Then I saw, highest, the face of Father Pio transfigured in the one of Jesus. Another time in the confessional, because on the Altar he participate in the suffering of Jesus in an extraordinary way, unimaginable, even died. Father Pio use to say: “In the Mass he consumed himself in the Communion as a sacrificial gift to the dead Jesus” ( in a such intention he wrote a booklet Cleonice Morcaldi, which asked always questions). Even Jesus gave himself in sacrifice to him, so that they would be one sacrifice to Evenly Father course, Father Pio was in the sacrifice of Jesus as a participation in the holy Mass.
I remember ones Father Pio was celebrating Mass; all of the sudden fell out from the stigmata of the hands crust of clotted blood: he gently turned, and made me a gesture, and with his little finger he throw at the bottom of the Altar the crust. He made me a signal and I understood, I got up, went to the Altar, took the crust and eat it.
On the Altar he suffered with Christ:
The identification of Father pio in visibly suffering and a much respective, because as he use to say that he didn’t have the stigmata, but all his body and soul, was a wound, either from the point of a somatic sight, that physiological and spiritual, there was nothing in him that did not suffered, therefore there on the Altar he suffered, there in the confessional then he administered Mercy.
The fact most emblematic is this: evidently Father Pio had a huge desire to forgive even the great sinners; and the Lord allowed that to him would go the greatest sinner lucifer, which at the beginning he didn’t made himself recognizable. It presented himself in front of Father Pio sitting in the confessional, under the form of a
penitent. When he finished to confess all his sins, Father Pio told him to “kneel down” and he replied “I can’t Father Pio thought that he had pain in his knee (Don Pierino was at a little distant from that confessional). I myself heard those words, but I didn’t understood what had happened. Following a question that I asked Father Pio answered – actual words – he told me “It seemed that he committed all the sins of the world,” but Father Pio did not became upset about it. Because he received in his person, to atone and forgive, for participate always to the suffering of Christ, all the sins of the world. When Father Pio told him “listen, bend a little so that I can give you the absolution”: he answered “I can’t”, Father Pio replied; “But in the morning when you put on your pans, didn’t you bent a little?” in that moment answered: “I am lucifer”, in my kingdom there’s no bending.” I saw that man appeared in front of the confessional he looked at me, he stopped for a minute: he had the appearance of 40 – 50 years old man, then he changed and became young; and I saw the young man came out of that man” that appeared before to me; I saw that came out from there this young man with blond hair that he was going, back and forward, in front of the tendon of the confessional of Father Pio; at the end of confession I saw that he rise high, and became gigantic so much so that he touch the vault of the sacristy of the little church; then instantly disappeared; I saw that he transformed himself in an electro; this electro had done four spirals then sank in the floor. Father Pio in the confessional was high, and on his place was sitting Jesus; then I understood. Was calm Jesus, that man instead was trembling like a leaf. Lots of time when I’m walking in the little church, in the Sacristy it comes to my mind what I saw. The Mercy of Father Pio as reached the zenith of the participation, for what’s possible at one creature, to the suffering of Jesus, the death of Jesus, to the sacrifice of Jesus, in the Holy Mass; then in the confession contribute in a particular way to the application of the atone and forgiveness of sins, to give like this the absolution. The presentation of lucifer in front the confessional gives me the impression that the Mercy of the heart of Father Pio didn’t stop not even in front of lucifer, because if he would had kneeled, he would had absolved him. But I do a relation between Father Pio that had the capability to give Mercy, always in Christ Jesus, and Father Pio that had in Christ Jesus fulfil and exceptional participation to the atone, to the forgiveness of sins. The Mass and the Confessional were not two separate places, even if distinguished, the one complete the other, the Confessional and the Altar are things are like that, this capability of Mercy that Jesus gave to Father Pio, and that it would had been done even in front of the greatest sinner of all times, lucifer, makes me see in perspective how the suffering of Father Pio and the Mercy of Father Pio works in the long course of history, And will reach the end of the world. He would had absolve lucifer, the greatest sinner of the world, of all times, and this is respective to the suffering that in the Holy Mass every day renew in Christ Jesus.
Therefore the first day we saw the personality of Father Pio and his suffering; the second day, the invitation from Jesus to go up on the Cross of the world, and know the greatest sinner of the universe which Father Pio was about to give the absolution, but he refused. And the ability to absolve; to forgive in the structure of the personality of Father Pio is related to this ability, that is a gift of God, to suffer in an extraordinary way in the holy Mass in conformity to the crucified Jesus in an exceptionally way and by dying with Him. himself say: in a sacrificial way to Communion, of Jesus; and I saw Christ in Father Pio, whom celebrate, for which “Its not more me who lives, but its Christ who lives in me”.
The personality of Father Pio has two pictures: Christ, which was identified in an unique way, and then lucifer, which he would had gave the absolution if only he would, bend, in spite of the fact that he was first manifested his sins that to Father Pio seemed as if were all the sins of the world.
There, see: Christ, lucifer, the history… and this wealth of Mercy does not run out in the historic life on earth of Father Pio, but continue this our, Father Crucified in the history to administer this Mercy of Jesus in Church of the world.
I was thinking to the two kings, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil, and Father Pio found himself in between, the things that hit me the most is the Mercy, practically is the distance amongst Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil, because without Mercy it could not have been the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of the devil is the rebuke of Mercy. In the Kingdom of God the Mercy is welcome and in the kingdom of the devil is rebuked. In the Kingdom of God the Mercy is received and in the kingdom of the devil is refused; the signs distinguishing the two kingdom.
The Mercy is the atone of sins to obtain the forgiveness what is the most terrible thing for the devil?.
The forgiveness and the life of Jesus, but his death had destroyed the death Therefore the devil; is more serious for the suffering, the death of Jesus, because is the destruction of his personality, destroying eternal death
of course, by destroying his personality, the forgiveness can work; The death of Jesus, he will be defeated, by dying, Jesus had destroyed the death that proclaimed the Resurrection: Christ.
Death – devil; Resurrection – Christ: here the two kings, always by dying.