From Catholic 365:
“Without obedience there is no virtue”- St. Padre Pio.
It was obedience which anchored the life of Padre Pio and led to his extraordinary legacy. Although receiving the stigmata is what he is often known for, it was certainly not the greatest legacy he left behind. His mission in life was fulfilled through obedience. His legacy was being obedient and teaching others to be obedient. His obedience was grounded in patience and a trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He first obeyed God, but did not waiver in being obedient to Church authorities. Padre Pio understood it was not man one served but God. He also understood that it was through obedience to the order and leadership of man which God had put in place that he obeyed God. Pio often taught those around him to be patient when they did not want to be and to obey when they wanted to fight. The life of St. Padre Pio, particularly regarding obedience, reminds me of what another saint wrote about the same expectation. St. Faustina wrote that Jesus Christ told her “the devil can imitate humility, but he cannot imitate obedience.”