The Three Perfect Virtues – St. Padre Pio

 Full text in original Italian 


Quote from one of Padre Pio’s letters:  
“There are, moreover, three virtues which perfect the devout person with regard to control of his own senses. These are: modesty, continence and chastity. By the virtue of modesty the devout person governs all his exterior acts. With good reason, then, does St. Paul recommend this virtue to all and declare how necessary it is and as if this were not enough he considers that this virtue should be obvious to all. By continence the soul exercises restraint over all the senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. By chastity, a virtue which ennobles our nature and makes it similar to that of the Angels, we suppress our sensuality and detach it from forbidden pleasures.
This is the magnificent picture of Christian perfection. Happy the one who possesses all these fine virtues, all of them fruits of the Holy Spirit who dwells within him. Such a soul has nothing to fear and will shine in the world as the sun in the heavens.”
From: Padre Pio                Volume II – Letters
Correspondence with Raffaelina Cerase, Noblewoman (1914-1915)
Edited by Melchiorre of Pobladura and Allessandro of Ripabottoni.
English Version edited by Father Gerardo Di Flumeri, O.F.M. Cap.
Editions: “Padre Pio da Pietrelcina”, 1987
Our Lady of Grace Friary
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