PIO OF PIETRELCINA, OFM PADRE (1887-1968)
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Friar, priest, stigmatist and mystic now venerated as a saint.
Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius (Pio in Italian) when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He was celebrated for exhibiting stigmata most of his life, thereby generating much interest and controversy. He was attributed with the gifts of bilocation and clairvoyance. He was beatified in 1999 and canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 2002.
ALS – Two pages dated 27 December 1922. Moving letter to a young mother who had a child out of wedlock and was abandoned by the father. In part reads: My dearest child, the Child Jesus always reigns over your love you always transform him more in him and does not make him have other pulpits if not for him alone! These were holy moments for you these days and these will also be later in front of the cradle of the Celestial Child. (…) Do not worry about your spirit, Jesus is with you and loves you. (…) Padre Pio he struggles to write because of the strong pains he feels at the back of his neck, the result of the travails against the enemies of God and that will accompany him throughout his life: (…) I quit, because I feel my head being shattered by an acute migraine that has been tormenting me for several days (…). The Friar concludes the writing blessing the young mother and the little daughter: (…) By recommending to Divine piety in a special way in these days of divine tenderness I bless you with paternal and duplicate affection together with little Julia. And I say very devoted to Jesus. (…)
In over 45 years of business, this is the first such excellent-content letter we have ever been privileged to offer of Padre Pio. It is of the utmost rarity.