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Padre Pio's Secret: His Shoulder Wound
Half the Kingdom blog ^ | April 8, 2009

Posted on 04/09/2009 7:40:29 AM PDT by NYer

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Shortly after World War II was over, a young Polish priest who was studying in Rome, Fr. Karol Wojtyla, visited Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. This encounter took place around 1947 or 1948. At that time in post-war Italy, it was possible to have access to Padre Pio, since travel was difficult and great crowds were not besieging the Friary. The young priest spent almost a week in San Giovanni Rotondo during his visit, and was able to attend Padre Pio’s Mass and make his confession to the saint.
Apparently, this was not just a casual encounter, and the two spoke together at length during Fr. Wojtyla’s stay. Their conversations gave rise to rumors in later years, after the Polish prelate had been elevated to the Papacy, that Padre Pio had told him he would become Pope. The story persists to the present day, even though on two or three occasions “Papa Wojtyla” denied it.
Recently, new information about this visit has come to light, according to a new book in Italian published by Padre Pio’s Friary, Il Papa e Il Frate, written by Stefano Campanella (1).  As reported in this book, the future Pope and future Saint had a very interesting conversation.  During this exchange, Fr. Wojtyla asked Padre Pio which of his wounds caused the greatest . From this kind of personal question, we can see that they must have already talked together for some time and had become at ease with each other. 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.” This is extremely significant, not only because it reveals that Padre Pio bore this wound, but because, as far as is known, the future pope is the only one to whom Padre Pio ever revealed existence of this secret wound.
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 , and that the cross tore into his flesh right up to the shoulder bone.
At one time, Padre had confided to his paisano from Pietrelcina, Brother Modestino Fucci, that his greatest pains occurred when he changed his undershirt. (Brother Modestino is currently the doorkeeper at Padre Pio’s friary in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.) Modestino, like Fr. Wojtyla, thought Padre Pio was referring to pains from the chest wound. Then, on February 4, 1971 Modestino was assigned the task of taking an inventory of all the items in the deceased Padre’s cell in the friary, and also his belongings in the archives. That day he discovered that one of Padre Pio’s undershirts bore a circle of bloodstains in the area of the right shoulder.
This reminded Brother Modestino that he had once read about a devotion to the shoulder wound of , caused by his bearing of the heavy cross beam, the patibulum, to Calvary. The beam could weigh up to 100 pounds. Part of this devotion to the shoulder wound of Christ is to pray daily three Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s, to honor the severe pains and lacerations Our Lord suffered from the weight of the patibulum.
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. He asked Padre to give him a sign if he truly bore Christ’s shoulder wound. Then he went to sleep, awakening 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 “Cosi ho sofferto io!” – “This is what I had to suffer!” Modestino remarked that he had a strange sensation after the pain subsided: that being deprived of this pain was also a . His body had suffered from it, but his soul had desired it. He said, “It was painful and sweet at the same time.”
What is the mystical and spiritual significance of the shoulder wound of St. Padre Pio? The book by journalist Saverio Gaeta, Sulla Soglia del Paradiso (2), reports that Padre Pio said this of his spiritual children: “When the Lord entrusts a soul to me, I place it on my shoulder and never let it go.” From this statement, it can reasonably be inferred that the saint offered up the and the extreme pain of his shoulder wound for his spiritual children.
Cleonice Morcaldi once said in the presence of Gaeta, “On the shoulders of Padre Pio rests the whole world and the Church.” This expression seemed an exaggeration to the writer. But on the very same day that Gaeta had heard this, he later joined Padre Pio and some others in conversation. Padre Pio was telling the story of St. Christopher, and how he had carried the child on his shoulders across a river. Then, turning his gaze to look directly at Saverio Gaeta, Padre Pio pointedly said to the writer, “On my shoulders is the whole world.”
1.  Campanella, Stefano, Il Papa e Il Frate, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, Edizioni Padre Pio da Pietrelcina, 2005.
2.  Gaeta, Saverio, Sulla Soglia del Paradiso, Edizione speciale per Famiglia Christiana, San Paolo Edizioni, 2002.
Based on the author’s earlier article in the December 2007 Newsletter of the Padre Pio Foundation, Cromwell, CT., USA

TOPICS: Catholic; History; Prayer
KEYWORDS: catholic; johnpaulii; jpii; padrepio; pope

1 posted on 04/09/2009 7:40:29 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...

Shoulder Wound of Christ

O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.

Imprimatur: Thomas D. Beven, Bishop of Springfield

It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering, and Our Lord answered: "I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins."

2 posted on 04/09/2009 7:41:59 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Padre Pio - mystic bleeder?

3 posted on 04/09/2009 7:48:06 AM PDT by flowerplough (52% of us with incomes over $200k voted for Obama and 60% of those earning under $30K did, too.)
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To: NYer
Gives new and deeper meaning to the Good Shepherd bearing the lost sheep home on his shoulder.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love he sought me
And on his shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing brought me.

4 posted on 04/09/2009 7:54:24 AM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: flowerplough

Padre Pio was a Franciscan friar. He bore the wounds of Christ in his hands, feet, chest, (and shoulder).

There are well-documented cases of bilocation and other miracles. He was capable of “reading souls”—i.e., telling people their sins in confession. He was seen in the sky by Allied pilots during WWII.

Well worth reading about.

5 posted on 04/09/2009 8:02:25 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

wounds of Christ, bilocation, “reading souls”, visions in the sky ...

As with Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali’s blurting that he “sure am glad my great-great-grandaddy was put on that boat,” stuff like this makes me so proud of Luther for standing up, turning around, and walking back down those Staircase steps in Rome.

6 posted on 04/09/2009 8:22:45 AM PDT by flowerplough (52% of us with incomes over $200k voted for Obama and 60% of those earning under $30K did, too.)
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To: NYer

bumpus ad summum

7 posted on 04/09/2009 10:42:04 AM PDT by Dajjal (Obama is an Ericksonian NLP hypnotist.)
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To: flowerplough
It's called stigmata. Read about it!

Padre Pio's Secret: His Shoulder Wound
What is the Stigmata? [Ecumenical]
Details of first investigation into Padre Pio’s stigmata revealed [Catholic Caucus]
The Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi -- The Wounds of Christ
Message, holiness of saint with stigmata more relevant now than ever, 'Padre Pio' author says
Update on Little Marie Rose Ferron(1936) stigmata of the Catholic Faith
Saint Gemma Galgani
The Miracle Of Damascus[Our Lady Of Soufanieh]- APPROVED By Catholic And Orthodox Bishops

8 posted on 04/09/2009 11:45:00 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: flowerplough

Oh. I thought maybe you were interested in facts. I didn’t realize you were just a bigot.

9 posted on 04/09/2009 3:38:57 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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