St. Pio of Pietrelcina
An Amazing Story
The first time I heard of Padre Pio was back in grade school (back when I was a still an altar boy). I remember the good Sisters telling us about him and the stigmata. Being good Catholic school kids, we call knew what the wounds of Christ were. Heck, there was a crucufix in the front of every classroom. As I kid, I just wondered how a guy got around with all that bleeding going on. Of course, I later learned the wounds, while visible, didn't bleed all the time.
One of the other amazing things the Sisters told us was the good Padre had the gift of bilocation. Of course, with our solid Catholic schooling, we knew this was one of the powers possesed by the angels: to be in two places at the same time. Wow. As a kid, you imagine how cool that must be. Even Superman with his super speed couldn't do that!
Anyway, fast forward to the future. At the back of our Latin Mass chapel inside the maseoleum at the local Catholic cemetery (our bishop, in my humble opinion, has a rather stingy idea of what "generous application" of the indult is, but that's another story) there is a table with religious material for the taking. Someone occasionally puts out the Padre Pio Newsletter.
Well, I grabbed one last week and read the story of a religious brother who got to stay with the Padre for three months, including assisting him at daily Mass (0500 every day!). He says during the Consecration, Padre Pio's feet wouldn't touch the ground, he'd actually be floating above the carpet!
I also learned recently that Padre Pio was a corpsman in the service during WWI.
Here's another interesting story. Padre Pio spent most of the day after Mass hearing confession. (The guy hardly ate anything and got by on three hours of sleep a night!) It didn't matter what language you spoke in. Even if it was a language he didn't know, he'd understand you in the confessional. He said it was his guardian angel's job to translate for him.
That's it. Nothing profound or funny in this post. Just thought I'd pass on some of the amazing things I learned about a truly holy man who was known and seen by many people still living today.