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St. Padre Pio And Luisa



St. Padre Pio and Luisa

an excerpt from the book

LUISA PICCARRETA  collection of memories of the Servant of God



Blessed Padre Pio, Luisa Piccarreta and Rosaria Bucci

Luisa Piccarreta and Blessed Padre Pio of Pietrelcina knew one another for some time without ever having met, for Luisa was always confined to the bed where she sat, while Padre Pio was enclosed in the friary of the Capuchin Fathers of San Giovanni Rotondo.5

One question naturally arises, how did they come to know one another?

This is difficult to discover, yet one thing is certain, that the two did know and esteem one another.

My aunt recounts how Luisa would speak with respect and veneration of the blessed father, describing him as a “true man of God“, who still had great suffering to face for the good of souls.

In about 1930, a well-known figure arrived at Luisa’s house, sent personally by Padre Pio. He was Federico Abresch, a convert of Padre Pio. Federico spoke at length with Luisa. What they said we are not given to know; but one thing is certain. Federico Abresch became an apostle of the Divine Will and regularly visited Luisa, with whom he always had long conversations.

When his little son received his first communion from Padre Pio’s hands, he was also immediately taken to see Luisa who, according to the story, foretold that he would become a priest.

The small boy of that time is now a priest and works at the Congregation for Bishops in Rome; he is known by the name of Mgr. Pio Abresch.

When Luisa was condemned by the Holy Office and her works put on the Index, Padre Pio sent her this message though Federico Abresch: “Dear Luisa, saints serve for the good of souls, but their suffering knows no bounds“. At that time Padre Pio was also in very great difficulties.

Blessed Padre Pio sent many people to Luisa Piccarreta and would say to the people of Corato who went to San Giovanni Rotondo: “What have you come here for? You have Luisa, go to her“.

Padre Pio recommended to certain of his faithful (including Federico Abresch) that they open a spirituality center at San Giovanni Rotondo, inspired by the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta.

Miss Adriana Pallotti (a spiritual daughter of Padre Pio) is currently an heir to Padre Pio’s wishes. She has opened a House of the Divine Will at San Giovanni Rotondo, keeping alive the torch lit by Padre Pio with Federico Abresch. Miss Adriana Pallotti says that it was Blessed Padre Pio who encouraged her to spread Luisa Piccarreta’s spirituality in San Giovanni Rotondo and to help disseminate the Divine Will throughout the world, as Padre Pio desired.

Aunt Rosaria went regularly to San Giovanni Rotondo, especially after Luisa’s death. Padre Pio knew her very well, and when Luisa was still alive he would ask Aunt Rosaria when he saw her: “Rosa’, how is Luisa?“.

Aunt Rosaria would answer him: “She is well!“.

After Luisa’s death, Aunt Rosaria increased her visits to San Giovanni Rotondo, in order to receive enlightenment and advice from Padre Pio.

Aunt Rosaria was the one lamp that stayed alight to resolve Luisa Piccarreta’s case regarding the sentence of the Holy Office, visiting various ecclesiastical figures and, in addition, confronting the Congregation of the Holy Office. Once she managed – it is not known how – to enter the office of the Cardinal Prefect, Ottaviani, who heard her kindly and promised to take up the case.

Indeed, a few days later, Aunt Rosaria was summoned by Archbishop Addazi of Trani, who said to her: “Miss Rosaria, I do not know whether to reprimand you or to admire you for your courage. You have faced the guard dog of the Church, the great defender of the faith, without being bitten“.

The conclusion was that permission was obtained to move Luisa’s body from the cemetery to the Church of Santa Maria Greca.

Luisa said to my aunt: “You will be my witness” and one day Padre Pio told her point-blank in his Benevento dialect: “Rosa’, va nanz, va nanz ca Luisa iè gran e u munn sarà chin di Luisa” (Rosaria, go ahead, go ahead for Luisa is great and the world will be full of Luisa). My aunt often recounted this episode, but things were not going well: everything indicated that Luisa would soon be forgotten.

After the venerated Padre Pio’s death, my aunt said one day: “Padre Pio prophesied that Luisa would be known throughout the world“. And she repeated the phrase Padre Pio had said in his dialect.

I answered that there would be no easy solution to the case of Luisa Piccarreta Indeed nothing further was said of it in Corato either, and Padre Pio’s words could have been considered merely a comforting remark. But Aunt Rosaria retorted: “No! During my confession Padre Pio told me that Luisa is not a human factor, she is a work of God and he himself will make her emerge. The world will be astounded at her greatness; not many years will pass before this happens. The new millennium will see Luisa’s light“.

I was silent at this assertion and my aunt asked me: “But do you believe in Luisa?.

I answered her that I did.

Then she said to me: “Come to my house in a few days’ time, because I have something very important to tell you“.

It was during the 70s and Padre Pio had been dead for a several years.

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Our Divinization: O What A Deal!

Our  Divinization: O What a Deal!

Posted on  January 4, 2014 by  Padre

It turned a few heads at Mass on Christmas Day when in my homily, among other  things, I reiterated a line of Christology dating back to the Fathers of the  Church, often formulated as: “God became man, that man might become God.”

Man becoming God?  Really? To many ears in the congregation, it probably  sounded like a throwback to the New Age movement.

That just goes to show that this truth is as startling today as it was back  in the day of Irenaeus, or Athanasius or Leo the Great.

At First Vespers for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on January 1st,  the Church prays this antiphon that dates back to the fifth century A.D.:

O  marvelous exchange! Man’s Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have  been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our  humanity.

O marvelous exchange! In  Latin, it’s O Admirabile  Commercium, which in later  centuries was beautifully transformed into a five-part motet by Palestrina.                          

The late theologian Franz Josef van Beeck observes that the antiphon “alludes  to the condemnation, at the first Council of Constantinople (AD 381) of  Apollinarius’ denial of Christs’ human soul…[and] the strong emphasis on Mary  and her virginity strengthens the impression that the Latin text goes back to a  Greek original composed shortly after the Council of Ephesus” (God  Encountered, Vol. 1, 87).

The antiphon is echoed in the prayer which the priest says quietly as he  prepares the gifts at the altar at the offertory of the Mass: “By the mystery of  this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who  humbled himself to share in our humanity.”

The “marvelous exchange” here referred to is something that would send the  Fathers of the Church practically into ecstasy—and it should have the same  effect on us.

It’s a truth that made St. Leo the Great famously exclaim, “O, Christian,  remember your dignity, and now that you share in God’s own nature, do not  return by sin to your former base condition.”   And says the great St.  Athanasius:

[God] gave himself to us through his Spirit. By  the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature.  . . . For this reason, those in whom the Spirit dwells are  divinized.


Yes, but not in some New Age  sense. The truth, rather, is that in Jesus, divine nature and human nature have  been intimately brought together; and this has cosmic consequences for us:   it means we can come to share in God’s own divinity.

And ‘O Marvelous Exchange’ has been a way of expressing our excitement about  that for nearly sixteen hundred years.   It’s an expression that  historically emerges from a context in which goods were exchanged by means of a  bartering system; ‘commercium’ is the root of our English word ‘commerce.’  Today, we might say, in more earthy language,  “O What a Deal!”  God  becomes man, so that we can become God-like!

As Catechism 460 puts it quoting both Irenaeus and Athanasius:

The Word became flesh to make us  “partakers of the divine  nature” (Cf. II Peter 1:4):  “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man:  so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine  sonship, might become a son of God” (Irenaeus, Adversus haereses 3.19.1). “For the Son of God  became man so that we might become God” (Athanasius, De Incarnatione, 54.3).

And even St. Thomas Aquinas  does not shrink from an audacious formulation:  “The only-begotten Son of  God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he,  made man, might make men gods.”  He goes on to teach that the foretaste of  this divinization in our present state is the experience of sanctifying grace in  our lives which is itself, he explains, “nothing other than a kind of shared  impression of the divine nature” upon us.

The incarnation of the Son  of God does not only mean that God becomes humanly present, in the flesh, in  Jesus of Nazareth, but that he gives us a divine calling at our own creation,  and a capacitation through Baptism, one day, to attain a destiny that far  exceeds the possibilities of human nature considered in itself.  In heaven,  we will be fully who we  were meant to be from all  eternity, daughters and sons of God living in intimacy with Father, Son, and  Holy Spirit and in the joyful company of all the elect in the bliss of heavenly  union for all eternity—that is our “divinization.”  And  that is at the heart of the Good News  about Jesus, and Christmas. O, what a deal!

Imagine what 2014 could be  like… if we really let this truth sink  in. 

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St. Joseph’s Feast Day


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Feast day

 Saint Joseph’s Day


March 19, Saint Joseph’s Day, has been the principal feast day of Saint Joseph in Western Christianity,[50][51] since the tenth century, and is celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, many Lutherans and other denominations.[52] In Eastern Orthodoxy, the feast day of Saint Joseph is celebrated on the First Sunday after the Nativity of Christ.

In 1870, Pope Pius IX declared Joseph patron of the universal Church and instituted another feast, with an octave, to be held in his honour on Wednesday in the second week after Easter. This was abolished by Pope Pius XII, when in 1955 he established the Feast of “St. Joseph the Worker”, to be celebrated on 1 May. This date counteracts May Day, a union, workers and socialists holiday and reflects Joseph’s status as what many Catholics and other Christians consider the “patron of workers” and “model of workers.” Catholic and other Christian teachings and stories about or relating to Joseph and the Holy Family frequently stress his patience, persistence, and hard work as admirable qualities which believers should adopt.

Pope John XXIII added the name of Joseph to the Canon of the Mass. The 19 March feast is a solemnity and is transferred to another date if impeded (for instance, if it falls on a Sunday within Lent). The 1 May celebration is an optional memorial, and so is omitted if impeded. (However, the 1 May celebration is 1st class in the Tridentine calendar, so in it St. Joseph the Worker was celebrated on 2 May in 2008 because 1 May was Ascension Thursday.)


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Luisa Piccarreta and The Divine Will

Luisa Piccarreta and the Divine Will                    

Who is the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta,

and is it important to know her?


This web-site is available to all, especially to all who love Our Lord and Our Lady; and is consecrated to the Divine Will in the Name of Jesus, under the Mantle of Mary and through the intercession of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. Information is provided for the sake of knowing this victim soul, favored by the Two Hearts, as They found in the soul of Luisa, safe-dwelling for the deposit of all that They wish to give to all Their children. The Cause of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta is presently at the Vatican and all are awaiting the authorized edition of her writings. While references to the writings are provided, the information at this time reflects the person of Luisa.  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recently stated, in human beings’ desire for God:

“…The Image of the Creator is engraved on human beings, who feel the need to find a light to answer the questions regarding the profound meaning of reality…we need to open ourselves to something else, to someone or something that can give us what is missing. We must go out of ourselves and go toward the One who is capable of satisfying the width and breath of our desire.”

The following is intended to aid the journey to opening ever more to “the One who is capable”. With that, know that the long story of God’s Will is the beginning, the means and the end of human purpose, and little Luisa, whom Jesus calls the little daughter of the Divine Will, is necessary to this story. Luisa is known best without attachment to other causes.




The other websites have stated:

The writings of The Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta are the exclusive property of the Archdiocese of Trani (letter to Bishops of October 14, 2006) and because of the delicacy of the current phase of the proceedings of the Sacred Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, and to be in complete obedience to Archbishop Pichierri (November 1, 2012), the writings of The Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta will temporarily be suspended on this website until further notice.

The writings of The Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta are not against any moral or dogmatic truths of the Church. This web site is in obedience to Archbishop Pichierri and joyfully awaits Holy Mother Church to proclaim The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Venerable.  This web site began out of a fervent zeal for The Servant of God, her spirituality and holiness.

Please enjoy the rest of the site.



From the Postulation for the Cause:

Luisa Piccarreta was born in Corato, province of Bari, Italy on April 23, 1865. She was baptized in the Mother Church and there received the first Sacraments in 1874. When she was 11 she became a “Daughter of Mary” and as a teenager a third-order Dominican. She received only a first grade education, and was called to serve our Lord as a victim soul at the tender age of 16.

On February 2, 1899, she was given the obedience by her spiritual director to begin a diary of her spiritual experiences, which she continued until 1938: 36 notebooks which detail her intimate rapport with heaven.

In 1926 she wrote her autobiography under obedience to her extraordinary spiritual director and Censor of her Writings, Saint Annibale Maria Di Francia. Her bed was her cell, her room her chapel, and her bed her Cross. The word which gave her life was God’s own creative Word: Fiat!

When she spoke, it was only briefly, but very wisely; the example and counsel she gave was always illuminating. Carrying invisibly the wounds of our Lord in her own crucified body made her a rare victim of intercession for mankind for more than 60 years, and any physical illness. Her nourishment for the most part of her life consisted of God’s Most Holy Will and the Eucharist.

Luisa, Precursor of the Sanctifying Third Fiat, chosen by God for the holy mission of proclaiming God’s Kingdom: “His Will now done on earth as it is in heaven”, was called into the fullness of that Kingdom on March 4, 1947.

On November 20, 1994 in the Mother Church of Corato, Mons. Carmelo Cassati, Archbishop of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie, having received the “non obstare” from the Holy See, blessed the opening of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, secular third order Dominican.

With the Archbishop himself as president of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal, joined by enthusiastic faithful from southern Italy and from around the world, Luisa began her triumphal journey toward the Honors of the Altar.

Whoever has received particular graces attributed to the intercession of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta is requested to wrote to:

Postulation for the Cause of Beatification Luisa Piccarreta

Palazzo Arcivescovile

70059 Trani (BA) Italy


dawn of a mystery

“Dawn of a Mystery”

This video on the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, Little daughter of the Divine Will, was published by the “Pia Associazione Luisa Piccarreta P.F.D.V.” and offers an insight into the life and times of Luisa, the little daughter of the Divine Will. It was filmed in the places she lived including her last home and includes images of her funeral. Through interviews you can learn about the important events in her life, and hear excerpts from some of the 14 thousand pages of her inspired words. We pray that this video can bring back some hope to a world that needs it, a hope that we can all live in the Divine Will.  (from “Pia Associazione Luisa Piccarreta P.F.D.V. , Corato (Bari) – Italy – copyright 2005 – all rights reserved).

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Notice from Trani – November 1, 2012:

From Giovanni Battista Pichierri, Archbishop – concerning the Cause of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta (Spanish and Italian can be found on subsequent pages).

Please read the letter from Archbishop Pichierri and please e-mail back to the “Associazione Luisa Piccarreta” or “” with your “humble and obedient Fiat!”

Please continue “to pray for the Beatification of the Servant of God, that the Most Holy Trinity might be glorified and the Kingdom of the Divine Will be diffused on earth.”

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

For the glorification of the Servant of God, LUISA PICCARRETA

Oh Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit we praise and thank You for the gift of holiness You granted to Your faithful servant LUISA PICCARRETA.

She lived, dear Father, in Your Divine Will and became, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, similar to Your Son, who died on the cross due to His obedience.

She was a victim and a host welcome to You, thus contributing to the Redemption of mankind.

Her virtues of obedience, humility, love of Christ and to the Church urge us to ask You for the gift of her glorification on earth, so that Your glory may shine, and Your kingdom of truth, justice and love may spread all over the world in the particular charisma of:

“Fiat voluntas tua sicut in coelo et in terra.”

We appeal to her merits to obtain from You, Holy Trinity, the particular grace for which we pray to You in Your Divine Will.  Amen.

Three Glory be’s …

Our Father …

Our Lady, Queen of Saints, pray for us.

Trani, Italy  October 29th 2005

+Archbishop Giovan Battista Pichierri

Prayer to Obtain the Beatification of the Servant of God, LUISA PICCARRETA

O Most Holy Trinity, Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us that as we pray, we should ask that our Father’s Name be always glorified, that His Will be done on earth, and that His Kingdom should come to reign among us.

In our great desire to make known this Kingdom of love, justice, and peace, we humbly ask that You glorify Your Servant, LUISA PICCARRETA, the little daughter of the Divine Will, who, with her constant prayer and suffering, deeply yearned for the salvation of souls and the coming of God’s Kingdom in the world.

Following her example, we pray to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to help us joyously embrace the crosses of this world, so that we may also glorify Your Name and enter into the Kingdom of Your Will.  Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Curia of the Archdiocese Solemnity of Christ the King 20 November, 1994

                                    +Carmelo Cassati

Archbishop Emeritus

Prayers to implore the Beatification of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta
I. O Most Sacred Heart of my Jesus, who chose your humble Servant LUISA as the herald of the Kingdom of your Divine Will and the angel of reparation for the countless sins that grieve your Divine Heart, I humbly pray you to grant me the grace that through her intercession I implore of your Mercy, so that she may be glorified on earth as you have rewarded her in Heaven. Amen  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

II. O Divine Heart of my Jesus who gave to your humble Servant LUISA as a victim of your Love the strength to suffer all her life the spasms of your painful Passion, grant that for your greatest glory the halo of the blesseds may shine around her head. And through her intercession grant me the grace that I humbly implore of you…  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

III. O Merciful Heart of my Jesus who, for the salvation and sanctification of so many souls, deigned to preserve for long years on earth your humble Servant LUISA, your little Daughter of the Divine Will, hear my prayer: that she may be glorified by your holy Church without delay. And through her intercession, grant me the grace that I humbly beseech of you… Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Nulla osta: Trani, 27 November 1948 


Prayer on the holy picture (with relic) printed immediately after Luisa Piccarreta’s death with the authorization of Archbishop Reginaldo Addazi O.P.


Luisa Piccarreta Association

We inform all those who are interested in supporting the Cause of Beatification of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta that the credit card service on – line is operating on the web site of the cause of beatification:

Sure that Our Lord reward you with His spiritual graces we thank you for your generosity.

Association Luisa Piccarreta

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