Padre Pio: Baby Jesus 'is satisfied with humble and poor adorers'

Refused lodging among men, he seeks refuge and comfort among mere animals, choosing their habitation as the place of his birth, allowing their breath to give warmth to his tender body. He permits simple and rustic shepherds to be the first to pay their respects to him, after he himself informed them, by means of his angels, of the wonderful mystery.
Oh wisdom and power of God, we are constrained to exclaim – enraptured along with your Apostle – how incomprehensible are your judgments and unsearchable your ways! Poverty, humility, abjection, contempt, all surround the Word made flesh. But we, out of the darkness that envelops the incarnate Word, understand one thing, hear one voice, perceive one sublime truth: you have done everything out of love, you invite us to nothing else but love, speak of nothing except love, give us naught except proofs of love.
The heavenly babe suffers and cries in the crib so that for us suffering would be sweet, meritorious and accepted. He deprives himself of everything, in order that we may learn from him the renunciation of worldly goods and comforts. He is satisfied with humble and poor adorers, to encourage us to love poverty, and to prefer the company of the little and simple rather than the great ones of the world.

From the excellent translation by Frank Rega.

This statue of Baby Jesus was carried by Padre Pio every year in the procession before Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.


  1. On the subject of poor and simple adorers. Attended the candlelight procession on the Feast of The Immaculate Conception. It started of the usual way- a very small bunch of us stragglers following the elevated Fatima statue behind the car trying to stop our candles blowing out while holding the rosary beads in the other hand. People getting a few things before the shops close-stopping to look at us-many looking amazed that anyone would turn out on such a cold night to walk in the procession. The lady who always gives out the Immaculate Medal was there walking alongside the procession on the path offering Medals and accompanying prayer leaflet to those who take one ( i am sure she is a Saint among us). One of the men i recognised from the grotto near me asked me if i would help to carry the statue- i agreed- i got the front left which kind of leans into the gutter at times- meaning all the weight at times fell there- it is very heavy- although nothing comparable-i briefly understood more about Our Lord's shoulder pain in carrying the cross. Beautiful article Mary and so true.

  2. may the sweetness and love of the baby Jesus permeate in my heart and the heart's of my family this Christmas and Always. Sweet Jesus help me overcome my faults. please help my grandchild and daughter come back to their faith. I love


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