Monday, June 22, 2009

The People's Pio

While driving down a Boston city street, I noticed the van in front of me had a bumper sticker for Padre Pio. I had heard of Pio before in my travels in Italy but was not aware of the popularity of this monk.

He is reported to have experienced a wide variety of supernatural abilities and miraculous events including: the reading of souls; prophecy; bilocation (being in two places at once); the odor of sanctity; discernment of spirits; living on very little sleep; miraculous healings; personal visits from Jesus and Mary; and daily communication with his guardian angel. (Wikipedia)

Padre Pio's most famous spiritual gift is the stigmata, which he received in 1918 while praying before a crucifix. He is said to have bled from the five wounds of Christ for the rest of his life, which caused him great suffering and embarrassment.

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