“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up.” Karol Cardinal Wotyla (Sept. 1976)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Secret Wound of Padre Pio

In honor of St. Pio's feast day today, here is a story written by Frank Rega about the most painful wound Padre Pio had and never discussed:

"[A young Karol] Wojtyla asked Padre Pio which of his wounds caused the greatest suffering. ...The priest expected Padre Pio to say it was his chest wound, but instead the Padre replied, "It is my shoulder wound, which no one knows about and has never been cured or treated."

...Centuries earlier, Our Lord himself had revealed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux in a vision, that his shoulder wound from carrying the heavy wooden cross caused him his greatest suffering, and that the cross tore into his flesh right up to the shoulder bone.

At one time, Padre had confided to ...Brother Modestino Fucci... that his greatest pains occurred when he changed his undershirt. ... [O]n February 4, 1971, [Brother] Modestino was assigned the task of taking an inventory of all the items in the deceased Padre’s cell in the friary... he discovered that one of Padre Pio’s undershirts bore a circle of bloodstains in the area of the right shoulder.

On that very evening of February 4, 1971, Brother Modestino asked Padre Pio in prayer to enlighten him about the meaning of the bloodstained undershirt. ... [Modestino awoke] at 1:00 AM with a terrible, excruciating pain in his shoulder, as if he had been sliced with a knife up to the shoulder bone. He felt that he would die from the pain if it continued, but it lasted only a short time. Then the room became filled with the aroma of a heavenly perfume of flowers – the sign of Padre Pio’s spiritual presence – and he heard a voice saying ..."This is what I had to suffer!"

There are always lessons to learn from the saints. St. Pio concealed his worse suffering from being acknowledge by others, offering the suffering up in silence.

Padre Pio, Pray for Us!


Anonymous said...

But Christ's shoulder wound was never mentioned in the gospels. Why would we learn of it now?

A Voice in the Crowd said...

Sola scriptura?

There are many things that are not mentioned in the gospels. St. Veronica wiping the face of Christ is not mentioned. It has been passed down in tradition through Christ's church.

The death of St. Joseph is no where mentioned in Scripture, but you can be certain he did die.

I am pretty confident that someone who carried his cross to his own crucifixion did have a wound caused by it on his shoulder(s).

I am not sure what you are getting at.Are you taking issue with the story, or the source of the story?

Anonymous said...

I'm not taking issue with either.

We know Jesus suffered far more wounds than the five wounds we're taught about, just knowing about the suffering endured by His scourging and crucifixion.

My question is sincere. Why, I wonder, did the Church teach of the five wounds, but not the sixth?