Padre Pio, also known as Franceso Forgione, was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. He was born into a poor and humble family. In order to secure a decent education for his son, his father traveled to Brazil and United States to earn enough money. Although he was not a good student, he learned enough to move ahead.
As a young child, Father Pio suffered from poor health. His physical affliction continued to plague him most of his life.
From a very young age, Father Pio devoted himself to a life of poverty and prayer. His dream was to become a Capuchin- a religious order that follows the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi.
In 1910, he was ordained a priest. His name was changed to Pio.
Early on, in his religious vocation, Father Pio displayed signs of having extraordinary spiritual gifts. In addition to communicating with Jesus, angels and saints, he possessed the ability to be in two places at the same time- bilocation.
Additionally, Father Pio possessed the gift of stigmata- the sacred wounds that Jesus had on the cross. The wounds would appear suddenly, and slowly fade away. This gift lasted fifty years.
Father Pio was known to be a spiritual advisor and healer. He had the ability to see and feel the suffering of others without attaining direct information from the person. Many of Father Pio’s followers believe that he received the information directly from God.
One of many stories revealing his divine healing power occurred in 1949. A man had lost his right eye during an explosion. A few days later, Father Pio went to visit him in the hospital. When the doctors removed his bandages, they were astonished to discover that his eye had grown back.
In September 23, 1968, Father Pio stepped out of his body and entered the Kingdom of God.
Pope John Paul II declared him a Saint in June 2002.
According to Rev. Jude Winkler, Father Pio greatest wish was to, “suffer for his sins and the sins of others so that they might turn to God.”
Spiritual Guidance from Spiritual Father Pio
Seeking spiritual guidance, a person approached Padre Pio and asked him, “Father, how can you distinguish what comes from the heart and is inspired by Our Lord, and that which instead is inspired by the devil? Padre Pio replied the following:
“You will distinguish it, always by this: The spirit of God is a spirit of peace, and also in the case of grave sin, it makes us feel tranquil, humble, confident, and this is due precisely to His mercy. The spirit of the demon, on the contrary, excites, exasperates, makes us in our sorrow feel something like anger against ourselves, whereas our first charity must be to ourselves, and so if certain thoughts agitate you, this agitation never comes from God, who gives tranquility, being the Spirit of Peace. Such agitation comes from the devil.”
Sayings of Father Pio
"Remember: the evil-doer who is loathed to do wrong is nearer to God than the upright man who hesitates to do good."
"You cannot expect God to work wonders where there is no faith."
"Fear is a far greater evil than evil itself."
O my Jesus who has said, "In truth I tell you, ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you" here am I knocking and asking for your grace...
The above information comes from a book called Counsels Exhortations Of Padre Pio Of Pietrelcina and Padre Pio by Rev. Jude Winkler
Saintly Father Pio - to be continued.
Saintly Father Pio, pray for us.
"Pray, hope and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer." Father Pio