Saturday Saints- #123

Today we feature the letter “P.” So our saint for the day is Padre Pio:

Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Italian: Pio da Pietrelcina), O.F.M. Cap. (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968), was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic,now venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

Padre Pio became famous for exhibiting stigmata for most of his life, thereby generating much interest and controversy. He was both beatified (1999) and canonized (2002) by Pope John Paul II.

There is a great deal more to his life, no surprise given he was a figure of much controversy. More can be learned about him at his wiki, located here.

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3 responses to “Saturday Saints- #123

  1. St Padre Pio is one of my favorite saints. Definitely an interesting and intriguing man.

    The reason he’s wearing those fingerless gloves is to cover up his stigmata.

    He experienced the Passion for himself every time he said mass.

    He had the gift of reading souls, aiding him when hearing confessions. He also wouldn’t hear a person’s confession unless they were dressed modestly and properly: long skirts/dresses that were several inches below the knee / no pants for women, and men had to be dressed nicely also.

    He was visited (and startled) regularly by the poor souls in purgatory requesting that he pray for them and say masses for them.

  2. Tigersault

    A true giant. When speaking with Karol Wojtyla he told him he would ascend to the highest post in the Church. It was only years later that St. John Paul the Second understood what he meant.

  3. MK

    Cassie, He was visited (and startled) regularly by the poor souls in purgatory requesting that he pray for them and say masses for them.

    I didn’t know this. Makes the Communion of Saints a really big deal, to me. Wow.

    The Stigmata makes serious Christians realize how Jesus, suffering, and joy are inextricable. Makes a mockery of whining about how “hard” or “unfair” life is. I think the average American Christian would be truly repulsed by Jesus having a real relationship with Him for a while. The very opposite of the thumbs-up, therapeutic, and individualistic Christianity.

    …men had to be dressed nicely also.

    Uh oh! I absolutely never treated confession that way. Fascinating.

    Thanks for those comments Cassie. They really have me cogitating…

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