Padre Pio’s Secret to Holiness

My name’s Father Mike Schmitz and this
is Ascension Presents. You know, I was thinking this week here in Minnesota, we’ve been celebrating a bunch of saints’ days last week, the week before, this week. When it comes to St. Thèrése,
when it comes to Padre Pio, when it comes to like all the angels and stuff. You know, last month in August, we celebrated
Saint John Vianney. When I think of like two of those guys,
Padre Pio and St. John Vianney, I just think of like their remarkable lives. And Padre Pio is just an example. You know, Saint Pio, I think they call him now St. Pius of Pietrelcina, this man’s life was just marked with
all of these miraculous things that had happened. And sometimes, when we hear about the saints, we just we can focus on the miraculous stuff that happened in their lives, like Padre Pio bilocating or Padre Pio, you know, his prayers like healing people not even just immediately, he’d lay hands on people and they’d be healed
or he would say a word and they’d be healed but he was just even pray for them. He got a letter and he’d prayed for that person and they’d be healed like on the other side of the Atlantic. And just ridiculous, incredible. Not only that, but Padre Pio, you know, had these these mystical experiences with our crucified Lord Jesus. I mean, just where he had the spiritual and physical stigmata, the wounds of Christ, in his very body and sometimes we can look at this and we can think, “That’s incredible but that’s not my life. Like, I can never do that.” Well, yes. Probably not because it’s all grace, right?
It’s all gift. But like that’s not in my life so what does that mean for me? Does it mean that I can’t be a saint? Does it mean that I’m not as great? I’d point this out, especially when it comes when it came to like someone like Padre Pio. Padre Pio was not great because of those miracles.
He wasn’t great necessarily because of the stigmata. There was one moment in Padre Pio’s life
as a Capuchin friar as a Franciscan, where these miraculous things were
happening to him and his superiors said that he would no longer be able to either say Mass in public or preach in public, that kind of a thing, and Padre Pio rather than saying, “Wait a second. I’ve got all these great amazing things happening to me. Don’t tell me what to do,” in humility and obedience,
he simply did what he was told to do. and I would say if there’s anything anything at all that marked the holiness of Padre Pio, it wasn’t the bilocation and it wasn’t the miracles and it wasn’t the healings and it wasn’t the stigmata. What marked the holiness of Padre Pio were those two simple things: obedience and humility. Now my guess is this: Whereas none of us can create and none of us can be committed to, you know, gifts of healing or the gift of bilocation or to gifts of any other thing like stigmata, all of us can be humble. And humility isn’t saying “I’m so bad. I’m so bad.” Humility is simply saying the truth. The truth of me is I’ve got certain gifts
and I’ve got certain weaknesses. My gifts come from God.
My weaknesses, I need to hand over to God. Simple. Super simple. And the virtue of obedience, to be able to say all of us, all of us have someone to whom we answer. Someone whom we serve.
Someone that gets to tell us what to do. And all of us can exercise those two virtues
of humility and obedience and that was, essentially, you could say the secret of
the holiness of Padre Pio and essentially is the secret of holiness
for every saint because to be holy, to be a saint, is to simply do the will of God at every moment. And all of us, no matter what your state in life, no matter where you’re at in life, whether you are a Capuchin friar or whether you’re a mom or a single-person husband and dad, a priest, whatever you’re doing, all of us can do the will of God, which means this: All of us, by God’s grace, can live like a saint today. From myself, Father Mike Schmitz,
and from Ascension Presents, God bless.

100 thoughts on “Padre Pio’s Secret to Holiness”

  1. You said in this video that all of us can become saints if we do the will of God. Do you have a specific set of things in mind? I'm wondering if there are specific things that your are referring to that you mean for us to do. I try to listen to what God wants me to do, both in my thoughts and in his words, but it always gets lost in the noise of my mind and I can't tell anymore if this is something that God wants me to do or not. Can you help me?

  2. Father pio received a photo of myself when I was about 8 years of age. Several months later I received the photo back with the phrase “bl by padre pio” all in beautiful penmanship. I have no idea who wrote this, but it is nice to think padre pio wrote it himself. I have this photo to this very day!

  3. Cover me with the most precious blood of your Son, our Lord
    Jesus Christ from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.
    Cast anything that should not be in me.
    Root out any unhealthy and abnormal cells.
    Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild and replenish
    any damaged areas.

    Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection by the
    power of Jesus’ precious blood. THE CROSS !!!
    Let the fire of your healing love pass through my entire body
    to heal and make new any diseased areas so that my body
    will function the way you created it to function.
    Touch also my mind and my emotion, even the deepest
    recesses of my heart.

    Saturate my entire being with your presence, love, joy, and
    peace and draw me ever closer to you every moment of my life.
    And ABBA Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to
    do your WILL & BE OBEDIENT !!! so that my life will bring glory and honour to
    your holy name. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


  5. When I think of miracles, to me, it means an event that is metaphysical, so when I hear about the healings of Padre Pio, I don’t believe them as to be literal healings of the physical body, to me that wouldn’t be a miracle, that would be medicine. I think they are more about the way he was able, with words, to transform people that for some reason (willful blindness?) were doing things in their lives that were hurting them. Does that make any sense?

  6. Father Mike is so inspirational. I try to start every day listening to one of his lessons. Be kind – be patient – be understanding

  7. padre pio was holy and sincere but he also became a fanaticin his judgments he had a kundalini energy burning him alive

  8. I know that you are a priest and rightly I call you Fr Mike. After listening to this, I would like to say:
    Thank you brother and God bless you.

  9. "To be a saint is to do the will of God at every moment! All of us can do God's will – all of us can live like a saint today!" Absolutely love this! #beasaint !!!

  10. Father Mike ,your so enlightening ,I'm so glad I found you here on u-tube,I loved what you shared about Padre Pio&being a saint.I would love to hear more about this Saint in your videos.Thanks for all you do to bring Catholicism to the u-tube generation,you Rock!👍🏼

  11. God wants us to do His will but He is never clear as to what that will is. He makes us guess. And if we guess wrong—zap!—-gotcha!

  12. Pray, Hope and Don't worry is NOT BIBLICAL, Pray and hope and not worries will not save you.
    You must believe in good news 1 Cor. 15 1-4, true born again Christians know it but this priest didn't. I don't care how many false sings he performed. By grace through faith one gets saved and inherits the kingdom of heaven. Priest didn't preach true gospel but his own words , that's right there against my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Pio was Antichrist by his own words. fyi only God can justify and sanctify believer no RC church. RC church has no authority to make anyone saint. Jesus Christ is the only corner stone of true Christianity, He is the rock of my salvation. Stop pedaling lies, repent of your ignorance and tradition before is too late.
    Found Sheep



  14. If you haven’t seen Padre Pio’s movie about his life you must. It will change your life.


  16. No one is Holy. Only God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. No one on earth should be prayed to and idolized. All miracles are perform by the grace and love of God. God will use humans to perform his miracles as the disciples have done. All glory to God for miracles and not to any human. God deserves all the glory. We are born with a sin nature and cannot be holy. We need to walk in the ways of Jesus because He is Holy and not mankind because they have a sin nature.

  17. Thank you Fr. for encouraging us to become Saints and highlighting the 2 main virtues of St. Padre Pio of Humility and Obedience that made him a Saint and highlighting the fact that we need to do God's will at all times. Sylvia Rodrigues,Mumbai

  18. I highly recommend to ask Saint Pio to pray with you, I was visiting someone sick and I asked him to help me pray and they did get well. I highly recommend reading about saints, Saint Bernard of Clairveaux is very nice and Saint Pio

  19. Humility is seeing yourself as God sees you. Obedience is easy to follow when your realize that each moment is the unfolding of God's Will made manifest before us.

  20. This insight was the most helpful: "Our gifts, we get from God; and our weaknesses, we need to give over to God." Where does this saying come from?

  21. We have to listen up , most important thing that we do .to serve god .With our mind our body our soul .That the name of it .To serve .God gave me the best job ever .! Make other people and my self happy .I am know as the garden lady .I live with 600 other people in apts .The children i teach .We go to the garden .and work .Its a lot more then work .Its playing .We sing we dance .We spend hours together .I have been doing this for 5 yrs .The children come a hr earlyer always .We just put one of our fences up .Looks awesome .Our God is a awesome God !

  22. Padre Pio brought me back to the true faith,l heard an interview with an author on the radio about his new book on Padre Pio on the 25th of September last year and since that interview l have bought every book and read every article about him that l can find and now am back in the church.l am going to be a Padre Pio Expert and l pray the rosary full 10 times a day in latin just as he would have,its incredible, Padre Pios Rosary record in a day is 34! so it will be a long time before l reach that level.

  23. he said he was glad he was going to die soon because the church was becoming corrupt, he never participated in a vatican 2 mass
    francis is a heretic, previous popes and saints have warned us
    read about St.Malachy's prophecy and the secrets of fatima

  24. It is interesting to note that Padre Pio had also been accused of sexual and financial inpropriety. He suffered suspicion and sanction in humble, loving silence and tears for years before being proven innocent. A Saint of our time.

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  26. Mary always did God's will.
    I find this hard and at times crucifying. Ironically, at times when you have done His will at the hardest time, you may be compelled to feel anything but humble..more like proud, unless God's grace gives you self realization to say like the angels who serve God: It was my duty.

  27. Yes. I tuely love St. Padre Pio. He is a very kind child but he is a very powerful voice in the world. Many people waited in line for him to hear their confession.

  28. Father Scmist,I do not know if you ever read my comments about my familky vs someone else. My Uncle Tony Mendola from Wilkes Barre is also St. Elizabeth, Marys cousins div ine spouse who died in her 30's. And she remained single her whole life after that prayed the rosary 5 or six times a day and her best friend was no one the C atholic Church has disacussed. Her best friend was my Aunt Maryanne CAtalogna Calabrese, who was Saint Salome at the crucifixtion and St. Salomes divine spouse WAS ALSO ONE OF THE GREAT POPES. Leo Calabrese wAs St. Leo the Great. Now, I am tired of heAring he aND THEM WOULKD TOLERATE YOUTH ALL OVER THE GLOBE JUMPING UP AND DOWN IN THEIR NAMES OR YEARS OF THE FAMILY WHICH ARE NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT.

  29. I do love Father Pio because he has been with me in two places at one time. But, he took my Aunt Betty Catalogna Mendola , St. Elizabeth herself, by the hand After her death to show the sanctity of Matrimony too . It is ashame that the nosybody Mexican media man on EWTN thought Father Caropi,who is St. Padre Pio himself in two places at one time,Father CAropi and Jimmy Pio from Northeast Philadelphia didnt teach me in an appropriate manner because the mulri-millionaire sloppy media man k nows nnothing right. St. PaDRE pIO HAD MNY COMPLAINTS GRowing up too with St. Rafael, St. Gabriel, St. Katherine Drexel,his mommy,and my Uncle Tony Mendola, St. Anthony of Padua as his daddyt,who worked at the A cme down the street from Mary's old home on Unruh Street in Philadelphia. What was the first thing Jimmy Pio said to me whgen he came to visit the angels . He sat down at the piano and started playing Santa Lucia and another well know Christian song sung all over thius country in all kinds of Christian churches. Then he said," Im from Peoltrecina, Italy. Which part do you come from? See. they are personable with me. I dont just get some dAily message from them.

  30. Hello! Father Mike.
    I'm Peter Kim, a Capuchin friar in S.Korea.
    As a Capuchin I really appreciate this video.
    Your message about Padre Pio is very simple and great.
    I really love it. So I want to share your video with Korean people.
    If you don't mind, could I subtitle your video in Korean and post Korean Capuchin youtube channel?
    Thank you. God bless you.
    * Korean Capuchin Youtube channel:

  31. Thank you for your willingness to submit to God's plan.. Leading others to Him! Praise God for His precious priests! 🙏

  32. Our obedience to YaHoVaH is the only way to please Him. Why follow Him if you are not going to do what He asks you to do?

  33. After learning about the lives of many saints, I found out that they all had a few common attributes- humility and obedience, profound love for God and submission to God’s will at all times. Blessed mother, Padre Pio , … the list goes on . Thanks Fr Mike for another great video.

  34. What about When someone asks you to do sth that is a sin ( as an act of obedience) ? For example telling a lie or hide ing the truth …( not to mention other things worse), or not going to sunday mass and work on sth else?

  35. PIo guy was of satan as levitation/s is NOT mention in the Bible. For those who don't want to remain in false religion here is what HOLY SPIRIT brings into life of a believer:
    1 Cor. 12
    12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

    2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

    3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

    4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

    5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

    6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

    7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

    8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

    9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

    10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

    11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
    blessings from BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN

  36. I recommend parade pio's letters to his spiritual children for your inner Life. (Volumes 1&2…& the book of letters to rafaleana ).His sufferings were constant as well as loving the people he received on a daily basis. Not many souls 'even now' in this day and age could endure this , he felt like he was dying all the time. I am one of his spiritual children. You can register at San Giovanni rotondo our lady of Grace monestrey. His graces are still beneficial to us through his gifting off Jesus. Test the spirit's. Holy kiss Fr. mike. Keep ploughing in straight furrows. x

  37. What's up with this ?

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  39. The gullibility of people to believe the huckster known as Padre Pio, is one of the reasons why I can never believe Catholicism.

  40. "Humility and obedience" ….two of the most difficult traits to hold. Thank you Father. I've loved St. Pio for many years, but now I understand what led to his greatness. God exalted him because of the depth of his humility and obedience.

  41. “Obedience” to superiors was a one of a primary sociological and psychological mechanisms at the core of the church abuse scandal that ensured the protection of evil and allowed it to flourish within its ranks. Obedience to Christ all day, taking the knee to men, I’ll leave that to the sheep.

  42. Fr. Mike, I love your attitude and your smile. You just exude this wonderful positive energy. Thank you!

  43. Very dirty to serve communion with blood contaminated blood hands . I cannot receive ever again . Sick sick sick !!!!

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