St. Padre Pio: stigmatist, levitator, soul reader, bilocator, miracle worker and incorruptible. What does that all mean?
A stigmatist is someone who has the Stigmata: the five wounds of Christ that He kept even after the Resurrection. Padre Pio received it in 1918, and for the next 50 years of his life, they bled constantly (never totally coagulating) and never got infected.
Numerous scientists tried to debunk it, but all failed because you can’t argue with a wound that doesn’t go away for 50 years and is literally a hole punched through someone’s hand – you could see through to the other side.
Padre Pio was known to levitate – literally fly.
He could read your soul – so if you missed a sin in Confession he would remind you or he would know things about you that he couldn’t possibly know. These miracles are really well documented – @stpadrepio is a great Instagram account to learn more of the stories.
He could bilocate – meaning be in two places at once. Usually it was while he was hearing Confessions, but at any time. Most famously he bilocated into WWII pilot’s planes and told them not to drop bombs.
Most of he miracles he worked were healings and there are 1000 well miracle that happened because of his intercession while still on earth – the number is much higher since his death. Well documented means that doctors have confirmed that there is no scientific explanation for the cures.
And lastly, when they exhumed his body, they found him to be perfectly preserved and the smell of roses and violets emanated from his body without a whiff of formaldehyde or decomposition.
But most importantly St. Padre Pio’s heart shines through his Prayer After Communion. His monumental humility is completely inspiring.
This prayer was composed by one of the greatest saints of our modern times (he died in 1968). If you haven’t read the miracles he did on my other post with the timelapse of this painting, go do that first.
The prayer is as follows:
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You.
You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me Lord, because I am weak, and I need Your strength, so that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.
Stay with me Lord, for you are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.
Stay with me Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.
Stay with me Lord, if you wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love. Amen.
The greatest miracle worker of our times wrote that.
God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.