Today is the fourty-seventh anniversary of the death, or rather natalis (the Latin word for birthday, often applied to the last day of a saint’s life on earth), of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcino. Padre Pio lived the life of a Capuchin monk at the town of San Giovanni Rotonda, Italy. He won renown during his life as the greatest miracle worker of the 20th century, and through his stigmata and charisms lead perhaps hundreds of thousands of people to Christ. Often, he would spend over fourteen hours in the confessional to shrive the multitudes of pilgrims from across the globe who sought to see him. For which reason, when the pope asked a priest what Padre Pio did at San Giovanni Rotunda, the priest responded: “He takes away the sins of the world.” Pio’s last words were “Jesus, Mary,” persons to whom St. Pio had dedicated his entire life.
At any rate, I hope that my Catholic readers celebrate this feast by asking Padre Pio’s intercession and even possibly going to mass. May my other readers be edified by reading about Padre Pio’s example or delighted to learn something new. A while back, I linked to this page on Padre Pio for some anecdotes. That link also has a ton of pictures of the saint. And I shall link other pages below for your pleasure.