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Posted September 28, 2001
Mary Pyle was an American. She was from a wealthy family. She worked for the creator of the Montessori system of education, as an interpreter. Mary Pyle spoke five languages. At the age of 35 she visited San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. There she met the saintly friar, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who set his stigmatised hands upon her head and gently said, 'Stay here'. She did, and built a humble (pink !) home there near the monastery, (which would host many pilgrims in years to come !), and thus began her life of charity at San Giovanni Rotondo. She spent the rest of her life, in the habit of the Third Order Franciscans, hosting pilgrims who came to San Giovanni Rotondo for Padre Pio's Mass or confession. Movie stars, royalty, and regular working folk stayed in her 'little pink house'. Humbly she fed and housed them and told them of Padre Pio's goodness and sanctity. She taught children in their catechism and was constantly a source of charity and goodness to all who met her. This book is inspiring; she totally changed her life in order to serve others and help Padre Pio (she helped greatly with correspondence between himself and his spiritual children). Whether you are interested in reading about Padre Pio or Mary Pyle or simply an inspiring tale of goodness, this is a wonderful and edifying book to read. It also includes several photographs of Mary Pyle in her Third Order Franciscan habit, and photographs of Blessed Padre Pio too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.