Written By: Lawrence Lam
Today being the Feast of St. Padre Pio, I thought I’d let you in on a little secret about New York City. In the heart of Manhattan, literally across the street from Madison Square Gardens, where many loud clouds of witnesses descend to cheer on their local Hockey or Basketball Team, or listen to their favourite band play; or also across from Penn Station, funnel for thousands of daily commuters from neighbouring cities and states, is a little sanctuary devoted to St. Pio.
If you ever find yourself in these parts, a stone’s throw away from the Empire State Building, a non-descript building with a humble sign indicating itself to be the Capuchin Monastery of St. John the Baptist, go on it and make a mini-pilgrimage to Pietrelcina.
Inside the cubic building is a hidden gothic space set aside in which you can wander and contemplate the life of this famous saint in the quiet, isolated from the hustle and bustle just outside its walls. There are relics on the glove and sock of the famous stigmatist, and the sacraments are celebrated regularly. You’ll learn about the life of this Holy Priest of the 20th century and be refreshed to head back outside to the secular chaos of Manhattan.
This shrine is one example of many holy respites within the cultural capital of secular America.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us!
For more information check out the Shrine’s site: http://www.padrepio.us/
Photos courtesy of Lawrence Lam flickr account https://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualawrence/
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