Archive for November 2nd, 2008

John Paul II on Blessed Pio Campidelli

2 November, 2008

At his Beatification on 17th November 1985, Pope John Paul II spoke of the young Passionist, Pio Campidelli –

In the International Year of Youth, Pio Campidelli, Brother Pio of Saint Aloysius, is raised to the glory of the altars. This young man, like savoury salt, gave his life for his land, for his people. He offered his life for the Church, the Pope, the conversion of sinners and his Romangna.

Brother Pio found the fundamental value in his religious life in the very gift of himself. This essential trait of his interior physiognomy was especially evident to others at the moment of his death when “fully aware of his imminent consummation, he continued daily to offer to fulfil his sacrifice perfectly in order to conform himself to the will of God; he offered it for the Church … and in particular for the good of his beloved Romagna (Canonical Process). Only at that moment did the particular note of his virtue express itself, which revealed the style of his entire spiritual experience.

From childhood on, Pio Campidelli, had felt an attraction to prayer, liturgy and religious instruction and, sustained by the good example of his family, he maintained it enthusiastically, showing it with expressions typical of innocent childhood, such as devotion to Our Lady, the Blessed Sacrament, and the Crucified.

Having entered the Passionists, he found there a favourable climate for the development of his predominant desire to live in union with God in his very internal intimacy, and to prepare himself to involve others in this passionate experience through the exercise of priestly ministry. He was not able, however, to attain the priesthood because God called him to himself at the age of twenty one. In the special vow of the Passionists to continue the memory of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, Pio learned how totally to involve his own life, thereby realizing his mission of the specific vocation of his religious family. He came from a poor family, his health was always frail, his intelligence average; yet he never considered his poverty and limitations a misfortune, nor was he frustrated by them. He nevertheless fulfulled his greatest potential because he “sought wisdom in prayer .. from his youth he followed her steps … and found there much instruction” (cf. Sir 51:13-16).

Thus Brother Pio was true “salt for the earth” for those who knew him while he was alive and continues to be “salt” for those who draw near to the luminous testimony of his example”.

[Source: L’Osservatore Romano, 25th November 1985, p. 3]

Responding with grace and generosity ….

2 November, 2008

Another photo of the Passionist Sign belonging to Blessed Pio Campidelli and in front of the Sign, the belt worn with his habit.  These relics are in the care of Father Giovanni Zubiani, C.P., Postulator General of the Passionists.

FROM JOHN PAUL II’S BOOK OF SAINTS (1998)

Passionist Victim of Love

Age is not a factor in the science of the saints. Almighty God demonstrates again and again that the very young can respond to grace with generosity and with an ardor that astonishes the world. Blessed Pio Campidelli was one of the young holy ones, destined to shine forever for the glory of God and as a shimmering jewel of the Passionist Congregation.

He was born in Trebbio, near Rimini, on 29th April 1868, and was baptized Luigi on the same day. The fourth of six children, he was the son of Joseph and Filomena Campidelli, farmers of the region. Pius’s father died of typhoid fever in 1874 and an uncle came to the farm to help with the heavier work. Pius laboured on the farm, a tract of land that demanded the time and energies of the entire family. He managed to attend school and served as an altar boy.  

Pius and his family attended a Passionist mission. He applied for admission to the Congregation and was accepted in 1882, taking the religious name Brother Pius of St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

Pius took his first vows on 30th April 1884 and began studying for the priesthood. In 1871, he received the tonsure and minor orders.

It was then discovered that Pius was in the last stages of tuberculosis, doomed to an early death by the ravages of the disease. Pius accepted the medical prognosis with serenity, declaring that he was a willing victim of love for the Church. Surrounded by the Passionists, whom he thanked for their concern and care, he died in Casale on 2nd November 1889.

Pope John Paul II beatified Pius on 17th November 1985. The Holy Father honoured Pius, declaring: “It is fitting that this year should see him honoured and put before all young people as a model and an inspiration.”

Links for Blessed Pio Campidelli

2 November, 2008

Passionist Sign worn by Blessed Pio Campidelli in the Passionist General Archives, Sts. John and Paul Monastery, Rome.

Visit to Santuary of Blessed Pio Campidelli  here

Wikipedia has information on Blessed Pio Campidelli  here

Answers.com has information on Blessed Pio Campidelli  here

PRAYER

O God, in the lessons of the Passion of Your Son, you taught Blessed Pio Campidelli to live the Gospel with joy and to grow in goodness. Through his intercession grant us, and especially all young people, new graces of holiness and hope. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

3rd November Feast of Blessed Pio Campidelli

2 November, 2008

        

A young seminarian and member of the Passionist Congregation who died on the way to the priesthood, Blessed Pio Campidelli was Beatified by Pope John Paul II on 17th November 1985.

On 29th April 1868, Luigi Campidelli was born in Trebbio, the fourth of six sons to Giuseppe and Folimena (nee Belpani) Campidelli, and on the same day he was baptized in the parish church of Poggio Berni (Diocese of Rimini) with the names Luigi (Aloysius), Nazareno and Francesco.

Luigi was a sickly child. He received his First Communion on 9th June 1878. His yearning to become a priest and religious took concrete form during the parish mission preached in Poggio Berni by the Passionists in October 1880.

Luigi was admitted to the Passionists at the Monastery of Santa Maria di Casale on 27th May 1882. He was clothed with the Passionist habit on 27th May 1882 receiving the name Brother Pio of Saint Aloysius.

During his Novitiate, Pio had as his Novice Master, Father Michael of the Mother of God, who, during his own novitiate and years of formation, had had Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows as a classmate.

On 20th January 1883 the Passionist Novitiate was transferred to Sant’Eutizio, near Soriano (Viterbo). Here the new Novice Master, Father Vitale, eventually wrote the following about Pio: “May it please God that all novices follow in the footsteps of their good classmate Brother Pio; then the Novice Master would sleep peacefully.”

On 24th July 1883, Pio returned to Santa Maria di Casale, where on 30th April 1884 he made his temporary profession as a Passionist. From then on he devoted himself to studies in theology, until he fell seriously ill. He strove in every respect to make progress, both in his studies and in his spiritual life, and especially to be faithful to the Passionist Rule.

On 7th December 1887 Pio received the four minor orders in Rimini. While preparation for ordination to the subdiaconate in July 1889, Pio became gravely ill. On 2nd November 1889 Pio died.