Padre Pio The Stigmatist Author:Charles Mortimer Carty Father Carty, the Street and Radio Preacher, is the editorial manager of Radio Replies Press which specializes on convert literature for Jews and Protestants. He is the author of this first English book on the biography of Padre Pio. — The Italian Capuchin of San Giovanni Rotondo had the stigmata invisibly in his hands, feet, and side from Septe... more »mber 20, 1915 to September to 1918. Since September 1918 he has had the visible stigmata in his hands, feet, and side which have bled every day for the past 35 years.
Padre Pio has gifts of astounding miraculous cures and conversions. One miraculous cure attributed to him is that of Gemma Di Giorgi who was born blind without pupils in her eyes. Today she sees well and she still has no pupils in her eyes. To see without pupils is a perpetual miracle.
Sometimes Padre Pio understands a language which he has never studied. He discloses sins of penitents often before they speak. he has appeared to the sick with the Blessed Virgin. Although he has been cloistered for years, he has been seen five times at the tomb of Blessed Pius X.
Through the gift of bilocation or ecstatic flights, he has been seen all over Italy, Austria, and in far distant Uruguay, South America. His body frequently gives off the perfume of roses, lilies, violets, incense, or fresh tobacco. His perfume has been witnessed to by many on trains, automobiles, and in far distant places.
This book, with 104 pictures on the life and ecstasies of Padre Pio, gives a summary of his important miracles, conversions, best spiritual maxims, and letters. This fifth edition contains the corrections made by those living near the monastery of San Giovanni.
The hospital project Casa Sollievo (Home for the Relief of Suffering) was started by Padre Pio and is now functioning after years of financial difficulties and constructional delays. This hospital is rapidly becoming the international shrine and attraction of all Italy. It has been built on the mountainside next to the Capuchin monastery where Padre Pio has lived since 1917.
Tourists have no difficulty in seeing Padre Pio. He says mass at the altar of St. Francis of Assisi in the Church of Our Lady of Grace at 5 a.m. His morning low mass lasts about two hours due to ecstatic meditations. Hundreds have been converted to Catholicism and to a more practical Catholic life by watching this stigmatized Capuchin celebrate mass with the drama of emotions depicted on his face.« less