ST. PADRE PIO

Be­liev­ing in its mir­a­cle of heal­ing, thou­sands trooped to San Pe­dro Cathe­dral in Davao City to see the relic of St. Padre Pio

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY RANDIE J. COMI­LANG / Re­porter MACKY LIM, MARK PERAN­DOS Pho­tog­ra­phers

Last Oc­to­ber 14, 2018, thou­sands of Catholic devo­tees from the dif­fer­ent parts of Min­danao came to Davao City to wit­ness the in­cor­rupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio of Pi­etrel­cina. Davao City was the fourth des­ti­na­tion for the relic.

De­spite the rainy weather in the evening, it did not stop the Dabawenyos to fall in line to see the re­li­gious relic.

Know­ing about Padre Pio's gift of heal­ing, a lot were ea­ger to visit the relic.

“Nakadun­gog lang pud sa uban ba nga muabot ang santo nga in­gon sa mga tao maka ayo ug sakit (I heard that the saint, who can heal peo­ple, will ar­rive in Davao City),” Mercedita Vil­laflor, a res­i­dent from Ecoland, said.

She also said there were a lot of peo­ple who came from dif­fer­ent places in Min­danao to see the saint's body at the San Pe­dro Cathe­dral just to wit­ness the relic which is be­lieved to bring mir­a­cles of heal­ing.

“Daghan daw siyag mir­a­cle ta's naa man gud koy sakit gud mao nang nan­gadto mi dinhi,(He has a lot of Mir­a­cles and I'm sick that's why we came here),” Michelle Mo­jana, a res­i­dent from Ki­da­pawan City who came all the way to Davao to wit­ness the relic.

Saint Padre Pio, whose name was Francesco For­gion, was born in the small town of Pi­etrel­cina on Italy on May 25, 1887.

Mar­tin Lopez Jr., For­mer co­or­di­na­tor of the Padre Pio Shrine of Malag­amot, St. Padre Pio, who was a Ca­puchin priest, served the church since he was a lit­tle boy. He has de­voted his life to Je­sus Christ and Mother Mary.

"Gi­naampo niya ang mga sinners nga malan­git gyud sila, (He al­ways pray for the sinners that they will go to heaven)," Lopez said.

Be­cause of his love for Je­sus Christ, Mother Mary, and to the peo­ple, he asked the Lord to sac­ri­fice him­self for the sal­va­tion of hu­man kind.

"Tun­god kay iyang gi­hangyo nga muam­bit siya sa sac­ri­fice ni Christ, ni ap­pear sa iya ang stig­mata, (Be­cause he asked to also be the sac­ri­fice like Christ, stig­mata ap­peared on him)”.

A stig­mata is a con­di­tion where wounds ap­pear the same as cru­ci­fix­ion wounds of Je­sus Christ. It usu­ally man­i­fests on the hands, wrists, and feet of per­sons with stig­mata.

Padre Pio was also said to re­ceive the gift of bilo­ca­tion which means he has the mirac­u­lous abil­ity to ap­pear in two places at a same time.

It was also recorded that he had the gift of read­ing hearts, which is the abil­ity that could see the souls of the other peo­ple and know­ing their sins with­out hear­ing a word from the re­pen­tant.

Lopez added that many peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries to con­fess their sins to St. Padre Pio.

Padre Pio is also known for his gift of heal­ing wherein he can cure the peo­ple who have ill­nesses.

He also had the gift of tongue, which al­lows him to speak in dif­fer­ent lan­guages. He also has the abil­ity of lev­i­ta­tion.

What made him mirac­u­lous to the peo­ple to­day, since his death in Septem­ber 1968, the body still re­mained as in­tact and even his heart comes out of his chest mirac­u­lously with­out be­ing touched by other peo­ple.

Lopez added that even his heart was di­vided in to two due to transver­ber­a­tion. Transver­ber­a­tion is de­scribed as "the burn­ing ar­row of the Holy Spirit which has pierced his heart."

"Dili na sya makita pero mafeel nga sakit gyud na siya (It can­not be seen but he can feel the pain)," Lopez added.

Lopez also said Padre Pio's blood was said to smell like a rose.

As a de­vout Catholic, see­ing the relic would amaze them but at the same time it will also give Catholics a re­al­iza­tion that one must not for­get God in their daily lives.

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