Anyone who met Padre Pio believed that he had a direct connection with the afterlife. When asked about a dead relative or friend, it was fascinating the good Padre always had an answer.
Padre Pio said of Heaven: “Heaven is total joy, continuous joy. We will be constantly thanking God. It is useless to try to figure out exactly what heaven is like, because we can’t understand it. But when the veil of this life is taken off, we will understand things in a different way.”
” . . . at night when I close my eyes the veil is lifted and I see paradise open up before me: and gladdened by this vision I sleep with a smile of sweet beatitude on my lips and a perfectly tranquil countenance . . . “
“More souls of the dead from Purgatory than of the living climb this mountain to attend my Masses and seek my prayers.”
“The souls in Purgatory pray for us, and their prayers are even more effective than ours, because they are accompanied by their suffering. So, let’s pray for them, and let’s pray them to pray for us.”
“You will be surprised to find in Paradise souls you never expected to be there.”
“Most of the saved pass through Purgatory before arriving at the fullness of beatitude.”
Gerardo De Caro had long conversations with Padre Pio in 1943. In his written notes, he testifies: “Padre Pio had an exact knowledge of the state of a soul after death, including the duration of the pain until it reached total purification.”
Pope Pius XII died in Castelgandolfo on October 9, 1958. On that day, Padre Pio told a friar: “Pius XII is in heaven. I saw him during Mass.”
One night Padre Pio was sitting alone absorbed in prayer in a room at the convent when an old man entered and sat next to him: “I looked at him but never thought of how he managed to get in the friary at that hour. I asked him, ‘Who are you? What do you want?’ The man answered, ‘Padre Pio, I am Pietro di Mauro, nicknamed Precoco. I died in this friary [in a fire] on September 18, 1908, in room number 4. I am still in Purgatory, and I need a Mass to free my soul from it. God has given me permission to come to you and ask for your prayers.’ After I had listened to his story, I said, ‘You can rest assured that I will celebrate Mass tomorrow for your liberation.'” Padre Pio reported: “I was agitated. I told the superior Father Paolino da Casacalenda what had happened and asked to celebrate the Mass for Pietro.” Father Paolino gave the permission and later went to consult the registry at City Hall. In that date, a fire had killed a man with that name.
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Below are two fascinating videos that give a rare glimpse into the life of this particularly devoted and holy follower of Christ, St Padre Pio:
1) At his monastery
This first video was filmed at Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary, located in Italy’s Gargano mountains, where St. Padre Pio lived from 1916 until his death in 1968. The whole video is worth watching, but here are a few particularly noteworthy moments:
– From 0:55 to 1:43 you can see the monks dealing with the huge volume of mail for St. Padre Pio.
– At 4:23, you can see St. Padre Pio celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass.
– At 8:01, he playfully hits the cameraman with his cincture as he’s walking by!
2) The last Mass he celebrated
This second video is of him celebrating his final Mass on September 22, 1968 – the day before his death. You’ll notice that he walks only with help, and that he celebrates much of the Mass sitting down.
Most interestingly, though, is that starting at 3:22, with the camera zoomed in on him for the Eucharistic prayers, you can see that he’s wearing fingerless gloves. He did this to cover the miraculous wounds of his stigmata, which he had for 50 years.
(Adapted from HERE)