“I know that Your heart suffers much these days on account of the happenings in the Church: for peace in the world, for the great needs of its peoples; but above all, for the lack of obedience of some, even Catholics, to the lofty teachings which You, assisted by the Holy Spirit and in the name of God, have given us. I offer Your Holiness my daily prayers and sufferings, the insignificant but sincere offering of the least of your sons, asking the Lord to comfort you with His grace to continue along the direct yet often burdensome way—in defense of those eternal truths which can never change with the times. In the name of my spiritual sons and of the "Praying Groups" I thank Your Holiness for the clear and decisive words You have spoken in the recent encyclical, Humanae Vitae, and I reaffirm my own faith and my unconditional obedience to Your inspired directives.”During his lifetime, Padre Pio manifested many spiritual gifts, including the gifts of healing, the stigmata, levitation, prophecy, bilocation, and miracles. This very holy priest referred to Paul VI’s affirmation of Church teaching against contraception as “defense of those eternal truths which can never change with the times.” Despite the failings of humans within the Catholic Church, we can have confidence in her consistent teaching. Blessed Paul VI, pray for us.
Copyright 2018 Patti Maguire Armstrong
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Patti Maguire Armstrong is the mother of 10, and has a B.A. in social work and M.A. in public administration. Her newest book is Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith & Get to Heaven. Others include Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families and the Amazing Grace Series. Follow her at @PattiArmstrong and read her blog at PattiMaguireArmstrong.com.