“Do you think that the stigmata are merely decorations?”
–St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, stigmatist
Images of Padre Pio’s body after his body has been exhumed. He is in his full habit in a glass case so the faithful can come and visit his place of rest.
Brief on Padre Pio:
Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. The most dramatic was the stigmata. Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years!
Among his other gifts were perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.
More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world! Padre Pio is a powerful intercessor!!
Every one whether Catholic or not should check this guy out. You name the spiritual gift and he likely has received it. Stigmata, bilocation, inner locution, the ability to perfectly predict the Texas A&M’s stunning entrance into the SEC … we’ll maybe not sports… but his blessings are amazing to say the least. But be sure to check the sources of information that you read on him. Look for an Imprimatur if you are reading a book. It basically means what your reading is not contrary to what the Church teaches on matters of faith and morals. It’s not an endorsement in the positive sense, it is a more of a double negative “we don’t think this is bad to read.” If your reading something about him online you need not worry about the imprimatur because everything online is 100% true. It has to be or that last sentence is a lie. And I’m not a liar. It’s online and link-able!
(please disregard that i linked something about truth and non-heresy to a definition on wikipedia)