Padre Pio

Padre PioSt. Padre Pio

On May 25, 1887, in the small Italian town of Pietrelcina, a child named Francesco Forgione was born.  His parents had no idea that this seemingly ordinary day, a future saint who would be known as Padre Pio.  At a young age Francesco had always shown a great interest in spirituality, being able to talk to his guardian angel as well as Jesus and the Virgin Mary.  At 15, he was admitted to a monastery, and was described as humble, silent and who loved to pray.  He was ordained into the priesthood at 23 years old, and he was well known for his really long masses, sometimes lasting several days.

He loved to pray for the souls in purgatory and encouraged everyone to pray so that Purgatory would empty. Saving the souls in purgatory was his strongest passion.  At 31 years old, he was the first stigmatized priest in the history of the church, and carried these wounds for the next 50 years.

Other spiritual gifts were bi location, (often seen walking in a nearby village at the same time as saying mass in his parish), could see angels, could speak and understand many languages without having studied them, and he could go long periods of time without food, drink or sleep.

Padre Pio died in 1968 while saying the Rosary.  He was considered a man of great prayer and suffering, detached from worldly possessions and comforts.  He lived a life of chastity and was responsible from returning thousands of people back to their faith.

Some of his miracles included healing face burns, he miraculously delivered letters to prisoners of war, gave contact information to parents of lost soldier, resuscitated a woman whom all thought was dead, blessed the trees and fields of a village that was destroyed by caterpillars and they had the best harvest ever, commanded the birds in a garden to keep silent because they were annoying him, made all firing squad shotguns misfire 2x thereby saving the condemned man’s life, helped get person to an important meeting by making his motorcycle run on no gas, healed many sick people from various ailments including blindness.

Padre Pio became a saint May 2, 1999

 

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