Pre-order, available August.
“Do you understand who Padre Pio was?” Fr.
Gabriele Amorth once asked a child. “Yes. He was a
friar who told jokes.”
This colorful memoir offers a rare, close-up
glimpse of the life and personality of St. Padre Pio,
the greatly beloved modern saint who was blessed
with many amazing spiritual gifts. The late Father
Amorth—well-known as the chief exorcist at the
Vatican—enjoyed over two decades of a close
friendship with the holy and quirky Capuchin monk,
whom he considered his spiritual father. Adding his
own first-hand experience to a foundation of biographical research, Amorth gives an entertaining but
illuminating account of perhaps the best known saint
of the 20th century.
In this compact book, we learn how a young Padre
Pio cured himself of a childhood disease by wolfing
down all his mother’s fried bell peppers. We sense
what it was like to go to confession with the friar,
famous not only for reading consciences, but for
his blunt, slap-like remarks to hardened penitents:
“When are you going to quit being such a pig?” We
hear first-hand accounts of his miracles, of his stigmata, of his long, moving Masses.
We also encounter the Padre’s warmth, with his
Italian gift for mimicry, humor, and storytelling. We
are told what he wanted most in his last hour: “When
I appear before the Lord, I hope to be accompanied
by two mamas: Mary, Most Holy and my mama.”
Rather than a plaster image of a great modern
saint, this book is a portrait of a fully human kind
of holiness, proof that even the most transcendent
graces can be lived out on earth with simplicity and