Padre Pio

May 29th, 2007

Healers learn from spirits
A young girl, about 8 or 10 years old, was seriously ill.

Lying in her bed, she dreamt that a Capuchin monk appeared to her and touched her forehead. Next morning, she was completely healed.

When the child told her parents and other people that a good monk, who appeared in her dream, healed her, they did not believe her. Then they saw a tiny drop of red blood on the child's white blanket.

The blood was found to be of a different type from the child's. When Padre Pio's picture was shown to her, she identified him as the one she saw in her dream.

Padre Pio, as we know, suffered from stigmata or spontaneous bleeding in both hands and feet in imitation of the passion of Jesus Christ.

This is an example of healing done by the spirit, although at that time, Padre Pio was still alive. His astral body must have flown to the sick bed of the child and healed her while his physical body was in his monastery.

He was known to do that during his time, and now that he is dead, he continues to heal people while in the spirit world.



On June 16, when the Pope canonizes Padre Pio -- the famous Italian priest -- it will be the most momentous canonization since Therese the Little Flower.
Not since St. Francis of Assisi has there been such a miracle-worker, and elevation of this great mystic to sainthood is bound to unleash a torrent of
heavenly power. This is a man who healed literally thousands -- while he was still alive; who could read souls -- knowing in case after case exactly what a
person in Confession had done; who was seen in dozens of cases in bilocation (appearing far from where he actually was). This is a man who suffered
legitimate stigmata -- deep wounds that bled until they miraculously healed upon his death. This is a priest who could predict the future and could see into
heaven and led many to the faith. To understand the potency of Padre Pio, one has only to know that during World War Two, pilots seeking to bomb the
vicinity of San Giovanni Rotundo, where he lived, time and again recounted how they had been unable to bomb the area after spotting the apparition of a
monk -- at times a towering apparition -- in the clouds.  see:

As documented in a solidly researched book, Padre Pio: The True Story (by an initially skeptical Protestant minister), there were accounts that defy the
belief of even the most ardent believer: a sighting of him at the Vatican even though he never left the San Giovanni monastery; the transfiguration of his
face into that of Jesus' during consecration; a worker named Giovanni Savino who lost an eye that later materialized under the bandages after Pio visited
him in bilocation.

"Reports of bilocation came from all over the world, from Hawaii to St. Peter's, where Padre Pio allegedly put in an appearance at the canonization of St.Therese of Lisieux in 1925," writes the minister, Bernard Ruffin. "Within the Mass, however, Padre Pio admitted to an intense mystical involvement with the
unseen world. He apparently saw, as in a vision, the entire Passion, and actually felt, physically, the wounds of Jesus. During the offering of the bread and
wine, Padre Pio often remained motionless for moments on end, as if 'nailed by a mysterious force,' gazing with moistened eyes upon the crucifix. At these
moments, he said, his soul was 'separated from all that is profane.' At the Commemorations of the Living and the Dead, he maintained that he saw all his
spiritual children at the altar, 'as if in a mirror.'"

It's impossible to do justice to the entire array of miracles. They are endless, and they have transcended his death. Many are those who claim he has
interceded in hopeless cases -- especially with children -- or have seen him in apparition: in one memorable case he materialized on the altar to give
Communion to a startled woman at San Giovanni Rotundo!

One day, recounts Ruffin, a priest named Padre Constantino "entered Pio's room and was struck by what he saw. 'His countenance was shining with a rosy
flame of light such as I had never seen before and shall, I think, never see again. It was but for an instant, but I shall never forget it.' This phenomenon was
observed in Moses when he came down from Sinai with the two tables of the Law in his hands."

As for the sky phenomenon: "There are many stories concerning Allied pilots who attempted to bomb San Giovanni but were stopped by an apparition of a
'monk' standing in the air with his arms outstretched," says Ruffin. "There are fliers who swore that they had sighted a figure in the sky, sometimes normal
size, sometimes gigantic, usually in the form of a monk or priest. The sightings were too frequent and the reports came from too many sources to be totally
discounted. Several people from Foggia, where thousands were killed in the air raids, said that a bomb, falling into a room where they had huddled,
landed near a photograph of Padre Pio. They claimed that when it exploded, it 'burst like a soap bubble.' Others reported that while bombs were raining
down upon the city, they cried, 'Padre Pio, you have to save us!' While they were speaking, a bomb fell into their midst but did not explode."

If in the 1990s a million a year were already visiting his tomb, we can only imagine what the figures are today -- and what they will be following
canonization. His canonization may break records for attendance. His beatification did -- attracting 300,000. Virtually every charism reported with Francis of
Assisi was also recorded with Pio -- around whom a large pilgrim center has been built, similar to the development of Assisi. Hundreds of thousands flocked
to see him when he was alive and hundreds of thousands will be pouring into St. Peter's Square on June 16. Watch for an explosion of devotion to him.
This will not be a normal canonization. This is not typical sanctity. When Pio is canonized, it will be into the pantheon of the Church's greatest saints.

To review a scientific study showing Padre Pio's stigmata was supernatural and matched the Shroud of Turin click HERE
For an article on Padre Pio's bilocation click here

To read about Padre Pio's confirmation of Garabandal click here
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