To a spiritual daughter, who marvelled at seeing him standing for over two hours at the altar, with his wounded and swollen feet, Padre Pio said: "I cannot get tired, because when I celebrate holy Mass I am not standing, but hanging on the cross together with Jesus, and I suffer inadequately all that Jesus suffered on the cross, as much as is possible for a human creature. The Lord has deigned to associate me with the great work of human redemption, and this despite my every demerit, and only because of His supreme goodness."

Holy Mass was Calvary for Padre Pio, but it was also his Paradise. He saw the heavens open, the splendour of God, and the glory of the angels and the saints.

Padre Pio Of Pietrelcina
Padre Alberto D'Apolito