St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina Day

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Anyone exposed to the corporate media today might have been forgiven for thinking that today is Diageo Booze Day. But, in fact, it is the feast day of St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina - ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.

At the age of 15, Francesco joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917 he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, 75 miles from the city of Bari on the Adriatic.

On September 20, 1918, as he was making his thanksgiving after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.

Life became more complicated after that. Medical doctors, Church authorities and curiosity seekers came to see Padre Pio. In 1924 and again in 1931, the authenticity of the stigmata was questioned; Padre Pio was not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to hear confessions. He did not complain of these decisions, which were soon reversed. However, he wrote no letters after 1924. His only other writing, a pamphlet on the agony of Jesus, was done before 1924.

Padre Pio rarely left the friary after he received the stigmata, but busloads of people soon began coming to see him. Each morning after a 5 a.m. Mass in a crowded church, he heard confessions until noon. He took a mid-morning break to bless the sick and all who came to see him. Every afternoon he also heard confessions. In time his confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day; penitents had to take a number so that the situation could be handled. Many of them have said that Padre Pio knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned.

Padre Pio saw Jesus in all the sick and suffering. At his urging, a fine hospital was built on nearby Mount Gargano. The idea arose in 1940; a committee began to collect money. Ground was broken in 1946. Building the hospital was a technical wonder because of the difficulty of getting water there and of hauling up the building supplies. This "House for the Alleviation of Suffering" has 350 beds.
 


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On September 20, 1918, as he was making his thanksgiving after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.
You'd have visions too if you stubbed out cigarettes in your hands...
 

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Inspiring film of Saint Padre Pio saying mass:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjZjnerviDo&feature=related]YouTube - PADRE PIO ULTIMA MESSA VIDEO INTEGRALE[/ame]
 

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Ah give over. There have been plenty of rumors about Padre Pio for years
 

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Cael - you cannot seriously accept that stigmata nonsense ?
There are more things in heaven and hell...

I dont know if its true or not, but I'd certainly prefer Padre Pio to a drinks corporation.
 

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Oh I agree about the big corporation - but there are limits.
I find it sick that a corporation can just use its ill gotten gains to buy itself a day - and worse, that the Irish cretins will go along with it.
 

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Anyone exposed to the corporate media today might have been forgiven for thinking that today is Diageo Booze Day. But, in fact, it is the feast day of St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina - ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.
At the age of 15, Francesco joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio.(!) He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After....
slaughtering all before him he (like Iggi Loyola) was made a saint and the guillable Irish were derlighted to pray before yet another Mediterranean faker..
 

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I find it sick that a corporation can just use its ill gotten gains to buy itself a day - and worse, that the Irish cretins will go along with it.
You have a good point there, Cael.

Why should any big corporation, be it Big Alcohol or the Roman Catholic Church, be able to exercise propriatorial rights over the calendar or the days of the year.

It's a really insidious way of brainwashing people.
 

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You have a good point there, Cael.

Why should any big corporation, be it Big Alcohol or the Roman Catholic Church, be able to exercise propriatorial rights over the calendar or the days of the year.

It's a really insidious way of brainwashing people.
Humans have always held special feast days for dieties. I'd be all for a festival of Dionysus - but not of Diageo.
 

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There are more things in heaven and hell...

I dont know if its true or not, but I'd certainly prefer Padre Pio to a drinks corporation.
+1

Makes me cringe everytime i catch that ad in the distance. What is there to celebrate about an alcoholic drink? It fills my mind with images of drunks raising their glasses and saying in a bizarre accent 'To Arthur'.

Now the drinks industry has hired Irish people for generations, fair enough (although initially no Taigs allowed in Guinness), but there are limits to the appreciation that should be expected of the Proles or the state for this service.
 

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I also believe those "wounds" were self-afflicted.
The poor man must have had serious psyciatric problems.
Self inflicted wounds are still wounds - maybe even more painful than those inflicted by external forces.
 

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Anyone exposed to the corporate media today might have been forgiven for thinking that today is Diageo Booze Day. But, in fact, it is the feast day of St. Padre Pio da Pietrelcina - ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Born Francesco Forgione, Padre Pio grew up in a family of farmers in southern Italy. Twice (1898-1903 and 1910-17) his father worked in Jamaica, New York, to provide the family income.

At the age of 15, Francesco joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917 he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, 75 miles from the city of Bari on the Adriatic.

On September 20, 1918, as he was making his thanksgiving after Mass, Padre Pio had a vision of Jesus. When the vision ended, he had the stigmata in his hands, feet and side.

Life became more complicated after that. Medical doctors, Church authorities and curiosity seekers came to see Padre Pio. In 1924 and again in 1931, the authenticity of the stigmata was questioned; Padre Pio was not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or to hear confessions. He did not complain of these decisions, which were soon reversed. However, he wrote no letters after 1924. His only other writing, a pamphlet on the agony of Jesus, was done before 1924.

Padre Pio rarely left the friary after he received the stigmata, but busloads of people soon began coming to see him. Each morning after a 5 a.m. Mass in a crowded church, he heard confessions until noon. He took a mid-morning break to bless the sick and all who came to see him. Every afternoon he also heard confessions. In time his confessional ministry would take 10 hours a day; penitents had to take a number so that the situation could be handled. Many of them have said that Padre Pio knew details of their lives that they had never mentioned.

Padre Pio saw Jesus in all the sick and suffering. At his urging, a fine hospital was built on nearby Mount Gargano. The idea arose in 1940; a committee began to collect money. Ground was broken in 1946. Building the hospital was a technical wonder because of the difficulty of getting water there and of hauling up the building supplies. This "House for the Alleviation of Suffering" has 350 beds.
[FONT=&quot]You should read Colm Keanes book about Padre Pio, the Irish connection.
The book contains fascinating accounts of many ordinary Irish people's experiences of Padre Pio.
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Padre Pio: The Irish Connection: Amazon.co.uk: Colm Keane: Books
 


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