Padre Pio says God is “obliged” to answer this type of prayer

With these, he will grant us his graces and help in everything.

When we are physically near someone we love, we naturally speak with them. Not all the time, of course, as people who love each other can also be in silence together. But it would be strange if we spent a whole day or even several hours saying nothing to a loved one sitting beside us.

The saints apply that same principle to God. He is near us, speaking to our hearts, and we should speak back. Our words can be as simple as any greeting we’d make to a parent, child, spouse, or sibling in the same room as us.

“Jesus, I trust in you,” is one example. Or “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you. Save souls.”

These short prayers will spring naturally to our hearts if we live in the awareness that we are constantly, unfailingly in the presence of God. While it is not possible to have that awareness at the forefront of our minds all the time, with practice, we can become aware of God’s closeness many, many times throughout the day.

In the long tradition of the Church, various names have been given to these short prayers — our little hellos — that we speak to Our Lord throughout the day. They are called aspirations, or ejaculatory prayers (from the Latin for bursting forth), or as well, “arrow” prayers.

This last title was used by Padre Pio when he described these short, spontaneous prayers. He said they are like “arrows that wound God’s heart.”

What’s more, the beloved Italian saint said that arrow prayers have a special power in bringing down God’s grace upon us.

Writing in December of 1914, he said that it was not exaggerated to affirm that God is obliged to answer these prayers. He wrote:

… this word is not at all exaggerated in this case …

I urge you continually to renew the right intention you had at the beginning and to recite ejaculatory prayers from time to time. Those prayers are like arrows that wound God’s heart and oblige him — and this word is not at all exaggerated in this case — oblige him, I tell you, to grant you his graces and his help in everything.

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Many thanks! How wonderful!

I found a wonderful website with many quotes from and stories about Padre Pio, all footnoted.

Here is one wonderful story:

One day Padre told his doctor: "I'm praying for the good death of my great-great grandfather." “But he died more than one hundred years ago!" replied the doctor. Padre Pio: "Remember that for God there is no past and no future, and everything is present. So God made use at that time of the prayers I'm saying now."

How about that!

Here's another one, even more remarkable. It's from Tales of Padre Pio: The Friar of San Giovanni written by John McCafferty, considered very credible, according to this website. Here is a photo of him with Padre Pio:

And here is the quote:

"I believe that not a great number of souls go to hell. God loves us so much. He formed us at his image. God loves us beyond understanding. And it is my belief that when we have passed from the consciousness of the world, when we appear to be dead, God, before He judges us, will give us a chance to see and understand what sin really is. And if we understand it properly, how could we fail to repent?"

Other saints have said that the large majority of souls go to hell. Who is right? St. Vincent Ferrer recognized an antipope as pope during the Great Schism, but was still a saint. Neither infallibility nor inerrancy is a charism of saintliness. So maybe Padre Pio is right and saints who have said the opposite were wrong. I do find it hard to believe that God, who is all love, would, with perfect foreknowledge, create the human race while knowing that he was going to end up torturing the vast majority of them for eternity.

Awesome thank you David.

You're welcome!

When I think of the Fatima prayer, which includes "...lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy," and realize that this is something Our Lady is asking us to pray for, and therefore must be obtainable, well, it seems to reinforce what Padre Pio apparently said. (NOT to be confused with the Newchurch heresy of universal salvation!)

David the quote above, is that from Padre Pio as quoted from the man sitting there with him or is it from the man sitting there with him?

The quote is supposed to be from Padre Pio, and related by the man sitting with him.


For the love of Jesus and Mary for the relief of the Souls in purgatory, my Jesus, mercy! 

Jesus, Son of David,  have mercy on me,  a sinner! 

“Jesus, I trust in you!”

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me, a sinner!

For the love of Jesus and Mary, and for the relief of the souls in purgatory, my Jesus, mercy!  

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you. Save souls!”

“Jesus, I trust in you!”

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me, a sinner!

For the love of Jesus and Mary, and for the relief of the souls in purgatory, my Jesus, mercy!  

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you. Save souls!”

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