BASIC R.C. BELIEF
From a speaker at the Rosary for Peace Rally, Dayton, Ohio, October 1986.
Padre Pio is the only man known to have possessed all seven spiritual
gifts. These were:
2. Prophecy - Padre Pio prophesied that when there were as many Blue
Army members as Communist party members, Russia would be converted
3. Discerning of spirits - he could tell if you were lying to him in
7. Heavenly Fragrance - he smelled good without applying perfume
In PADRE PIO THE STIGMATIST by Rev. Charles Carty (the same priest who
teamed with Rev. Rumble to write RADIO REPLIES), we read of many miraculous
claims that occurred in Padre Pio's life. He fortold the exact moment of
the death of the King of England; when bombers were sent to bomb his city,
he levitated to the height of the airplanes to deter them, and thousands of
healings were attributed to him, including many to which he bi-located.
Incidents of his invisibility were numerous, and he very often read the
minds of unsuspecting people. The stigmata (wounds of Christ) poured forth
large quantities of blood - the wound in his side is said to have bled a
cupfull every day, and yet, despite Padre Pio's only eating one sparse meal
a day, he never lost any weight or energy. If you are interested in reading
the book, it is published by TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS, Rockford, IL 61105
and can be obtained at almost any Roman Catholic bookstore.
From READ ME OR RUE IT by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan. Imp. Joanner Timotheus,
Archiepiscopus, Cincinnatenesis, 8/22/25. Re-printed 11/2/74 by National
Centre for Padre Pio, 11 N. Whitehall Rd., Norristown, PA 19403.
"On one occasion, while in conversation with some friars who were
questionning him on the importantce of his prayers for (Holy Souls), Padre
Pio said, `More souls of the dead from Purgatory than of the living, climb
this mountain to attend my Masses and seek my prayers."
"One day as Padre Pio and his brother friars were eating in the rectory,
suddenly and unusually, he got up and went to the entrance door of the
Friary where he started a lively conversation with some people who,
however, remained invisible to the other friars who followed them. As they
watched Padre Pio talking to what appeared to them to be no one, the friars
remarked to one another,` He has gone crazy.' However, they asked him to
whom he was talking and Padre Pio smilingly replied, `Oh, don't worry, I
was talking to some souls who, while on their way from Purgatory to Heaven,
stopped here to thank me because I remembered them at my Mass this
morning,' and with this, he returned to the refectory as though nothing out
of the ordinary had happened."
Padre Pio said, "For some time now, I have felt the need to offer myself
to the Lord as a victim for poor sinners and for the souls in Purgatory."
From THE SIGN, April 1959. "Q: I read that there was a time when the
faithful were forbidden to visit or otherwise communicate with Padre Pio,
the Capuchin stigmatist. Has the ban been lifted?
"A: Years ago, there were several admonitions issued by the Holy See,
which typify the cautious prudence of the Church in appraising
extraordinary phenomena such as alleged visions, stigmata and the like. The
number of fraudulent cases on record is a bit shocking and is matched only
by the gullibility of people at large. The alleged apparitions a few years
ago, at Necedah, Wisconsin, are a typical example. Before he became a
stigmatic, Padre Pio was severely obsessed by evil spirits. Later on, dire
warnings to the world at large were falsely attributed to the Capuchin
priest. By now, the `dust has settled,' and Padre Pio is no longer under a
"The correctness of the observation of Pope Benedict XV is becoming more
and more evident: `Padre Pio is truly the man of God - not appreciated by
all as he merits.'"
From LEAVES, Mar/Apr 1979. "Padre Pio - who died on Seopt. 22, 1968, at the
age of 81 - was one of the most `puzzling' people of modern times. He bore
the stigmata - the wounds of the crucified Christ - and though he wore
cotton gloves, the bleeding on his hands was plainly visible when he
offered Mass. No amount of medical analysis could explain the phenomenon -
nor the endless miracles wrought by the cheerful and humble Capuchin
"He was born May 25, 1887, in the farming region of Pietrelcina, Italy.
His father had to emigrate to New York City to support his wife and five
living children. His mother fasted several times a week in honor of Our
Lady of Mt. Carmel (and it might be said that spiritual writers have always
discerned a seemingly `special' role in mysticism where Carmelites are
"When Padre Pio died, an astonishing thing happened. The long-opened
sores - the wounds of his stigmata - were instantly healed.
"A soldier . . . had a wounded leg which he dragged along with the aid
of two sticks. Because of the handicap - and the crowds - he had to wait to
the next day to go to Confession to the stigmatized priest (to whom
penitents flocked from all over the world). His confession over, he asked
Padre Pio if his wound might be healed.
"`You may go' was Padre Pio's rejoiner.
"The soldier reached for the familiar sticks, but Padre Pio stopped him.
"`Leave them. They are no longer of any use to you. Stand up.'
"The soldier very cautiously tried to get to his feet. There was no
pain. He stood up. Still no pain! He tore off the bandages and rushed out
like a madman, says the account. The wound had disappeared, leaving just a
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