Six months ago, almost to the day, I posted about a centrally-located church in Rome that has some devotional paraphernalia for Saint Padre Pio. Here is one of the photos that I shared in that original post:
I’m not sure if it’s really suitable art for a side chapel in a church, but in any case, it’s tastefully-done contemporary art depicting Padre Pio helping Christ to carry the cross. He did so in a special way by sharing particularly in Christ’s sufferings; but we should all look upon this and imagine ourselves where Padre Pio is standing as well. Because that is where we all belong.
Well, take a look at how this statue grouping looks now (as of a couple of weeks ago), and tell me if you notice anything different:
It seems that people who have asked for Padre Pio’s intercession when praying before this image have had their prayers answered, and in gratitude, have come back and presented devotional hearts to the parish priest to be left as votive offerings (ex votos).
Those who have read this blog for a while know that I love this sort of thing. And I will not tire of sharing new photos like this. Because it hammers home, once again, the fact that these are things that are happening today, in our time! These are not relics of the past!
We should pray to the saints, with confidence; they know our needs better than we do and so when they present our petitions to God they do so in a more perfect way. And what a laudable and beautiful practice it is, when our prayers are answered, to make some offering of thanks that is even visible to others, to help give them confidence and set a good example for them as well.