Many thanks for leading my thoughts back to the wonder of San Pio's Rotondo of San Giovanni (I'm struggling to remember the date-- ). It was truly awesome, and I pray your post will encourage readers to the great joy of pilgrimage where-ever they can afford--local retreat houses, monasteries, convents, their Diocese Cathedral, nearby parishes named for their patron or other "special" saints, and so many other wonderful options.
I'm imaging San Pio, weakened in his last days, asking someone to hand him his "weapon," the Rosary, which I think was never very far from him. I wonder if, when he was healthier, did he challenged visitors or people coming to him for confession to "draw their weapon?" Has anyone heard such a story?
I just revisited this site and was inspired anew. Sadly it isn't very clear whether the facility hosts retreats and other pilgrimage-type overnight and longer visits. I wish the Church would focus more on teaching its religious to interact more with the public in devotional activity, and to greatly expand activity in human services, especially retreats, Saint's Feast celebrations, concerts, speakers, counselling, housing support, etc.
Here's a bit more on Spiritual Children of Saint Pio: https://www.ewtn.com/padrepio...
I have loved Padre Pio ever since I started looking into Catholicism a little over two years ago. When I was going through RCIA, I was having a lot of trouble because I was not good at or into theology. I missed the class a lot to do less important things. One night, I had a dream about Padre Pio where he told me to stop skipping RCIA. I stopped and finished the program. A view months ago, I left the church for eastern Orthodoxy. I tried to forget about padre Pio, but I couldn't stop thinking about him and my Catholic faith, which he so faithfully represented. After four months of being away, I am coming back now and am going to go to confession on Sunday.
We also hold you in our prayers, especially that you consider seeking the wonderful harmony of a close spiritual director. I admit the search can seem almost as hard work as job hunting--but consider that it can lead you to interesting new people with fascinating ideas and experience.
We were blessed to visit the cell of Padre Pio and the miraculous hospital campus and monastery he helped to creat at San Giovanni Rotundo.