St. Padre Pio: “When I leave, she will be your consolation.”

The Incredible Story of Maria Esperanza

During these younger years Esperanza made the acquaintance of Padre  Pio, the most famous mystic since Francis of Assisi, who had told  people he expected to be visited by an extraordinary woman.

“There is  a young woman who is going to come from South America,” Pio  said. “When I leave, she will be your consolation.”

When finally they  met, Maria would hear his “call” even though she was far away near  Rome and she would head for his monastery at San Giovanni Rotundo on  the barren east side of Italy – where despite throngs waiting to see  him the aged priest called out, “Esperanza!”

On September 23, 1968, Maria had a vision of Padre Pio. “Esperanza,”  he said in the vision, “I have come to say good-bye. My time has  come. It is your turn.” As this was happening Geo watched with  amazement as his wife’s face transfigured into that of the Italian  priest. The next day they saw in the newspaper that Pio (whose  funeral would be attended by more than a million) had died.

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St. Padre Pio’s Incorrupt Body

St. Padre Pio’s Incorrupt Body

Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy , was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. The most dramatic was the stigmata. Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years!

Among his other gifts were perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.

More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world! Padre Pio is a powerful intercessor!!

To see him resting so peacefully it’s hard to believe that he died 40 years ago.

A Prayer to Padre Pio


Beloved Padre Pio, today I come to add my prayer to the thousands of prayers offered to you every day by those who love and venerate you in Jesus’ name. They ask for cures and healings, earthly and spiritual blessings, and peace for body and mind. And because of your friendship with the Lord, he heals those you ask to be healed, and forgives those you ask be forgiven in Jesus’ name.

Through your visible wounds of the Crucified Jesus, which you bore for 50 years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the crucified Jesus. Because the Cross has been replaced by other symbols, please help us bring back the veneration of the wounds of Jesus Christ, for we acknowledge His Precious Blood as true a sign of salvation, cleansing and purifcation.

As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet and side, like beloved Jesus Christ, we not only remember the blood He shed as you also shed in pain, along with your smile, and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that surrounded your presence, certainly the Scent of The Lord, symbolic as the perfume of sanctity.

Padre Pio, may the healings of the sick become the testimony that the Lord has invited you to join the holy company of Saints. In your kindness, please help me with my own special request: (mention here your petition, and make the sign of the Cross).

Bless me and my loved ones. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In Memoriam J.S.

The following quotes of Padre Pio tell how he looked after and loved his spiritual family:

‘I love my Spiritual Children as much as my own soul and even more.’

‘Once I take a soul on, I also take on their entire family as my spiritual children.’

‘To my Spiritual Children, my prayers for you will never be lacking.’

‘If one of my spiritual children ever goes astray, I shall leave my flock and seek him out.’


More about Padre Pio

A very nice photo essay on Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)


Submitted by Darling D.

St. Padre Pio exhumed, body is “well preserved”.

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ROME, Mar 3, 2008 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- In the most discrete manner possible, the body of St. Padre Pio was exhumed at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning by a group of medical experts, while Church representatives observed.

Padre Pio was buried September 27, 1968 at the San Giovanni Rotondo shrine, just four days after he died.

“The body is well preserved” said Bishop Domenico D’Ambrosio of San Giovanni Rotondo-Manfredonia-Vieste, who observed the removal of the saint’s remains.

For more details, including a 2 minute video on the life of this great saint, click here.