Padre Pio said: “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother.”
“When one achnowledges the importance of the Blessed Mother in Her Immaculate Conception, it is the first step on the path of salvation.”
“Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.”
“All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”
Mary Pyle told me that aside from all of Padre Pio’s daily priestly duties, he said a fifteen decade Rosary thirty-five (35) or more times each day.
Many photographs show Padre Pio laughing and smiling with his right hand hidden in his chest-high pocket. He is actually doing two things at the same time. He is laughing, telling humerous stories and praying his rosary. This is another gift granted by God to his special chosen son.
With great tenderness, he always spoke of the Blessed Mother as “my dear little Mother.”
He always said: “The Blessed Mother is the Mother of all Mothers.”
On Padre Pio’s death bed, his final words that he kept repeating were: “Jesus-Mary; Jesus-Mary; Jesus-Mary.”
Padre Pio often told his fellow priests when they asked him of the Blessed Mother and if she was with him during his Mass: “The Blessed Mother accompanies me to the altar and remains at my side while I offer up the Holy Mass.”
Padre Pio often said Mass at the altar of “The Immaculate Conception” in her honor.
A priest, a member of the monastery, asked Padre Pio: ‘Does the Blessed Mother ever come to your room?’ And he replied: “Why not ask me instead, ‘does she ever leave my room?”
Padre Pio’s dear friend, Padre Eusebio, asked him: “Does the Blessed Mother ever appear to you, and do you see her?” Padre Pio replied: “The Blessed Mother comes to me whenever I need her.”
Giuseppa Forgione, Padre Pio’s mother, loved the Blessed Mother like her son. When Francesco left for the Seminary in 1902, his mother’s gift to him was a large, framed, beautiful picture of the Blessed Mother entitled, “Our Lady of Purity.” His mother’s gift was always with him. He always hung this picture at the foot of the bed, so that he could see his beautiful Madonna as he prayed his Rosary before sleeping. The pilgrims touring the Monastery today will see in Padre Pio’s bedroom, Cell #1, this picture of “Our Lady of Purity” still hanging at the foot of his bed.
TO THOSE WHO CAME TO PADRE PIO TO THANK HIM FOR FAVORS GRANTED, HE SAID: “ALL THANKS MUST BE GIVEN TO THE BLESSED MOTHER SINCE SHE IS THE MEDIATRIX FOR ALL GRACES.”