"During the celebration of Holy Mass, I am hanging on the cross together with Jesus, and I suffer all that Jesus suffered on Calvary, as much as is possible for a human nature."

After the Consecration, with tears in his eyes and some sobbing, he slowly continued the Holy Mass.

The Memento for the Dead was also very long.

How many souls, deprived of the full possession of God, did he remember in the infinite mercy of God, offering his blood and his sufferings, united to the blood and sufferings of Christ, for their freedom from Purgatory! At the moment of Holy Communion, the face of Padre Pio became bright and radiant like Jesus transfigured on Tabor. The Communion for Padre Pio was life, a fusion of hearts, a fountain of joy and happiness.

Jesus was his Paradise.

After the Holy Mass he went to the choir, where he stayed until noon before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, for thanksgiving and meditation. As the Seraphic College was transferred from San Giovanni Rotondo in 1932, Padre Pio took part in all the community acts of religious life and had lunch in the refectory of the Community.

Padre Pio Of Pietrelcina
Padre Alberto D'Apolito