(For the Greater Glory of God)
PADRE PIO'S BELIEF IN GARABANDAL :
Joey Lomangino’s recall of the time he talked to Padre Pio:
“We made arrangements to come back again that same day and greeted Padre Pio in
the cloister. When we knelt down, we said to him, “Padre Pio, is it true
that the Virgin is appearing to the four girls of Garabandal?” And he said,
“Yes.” We said, “Padre Pio, should we go there? He said, “Yes, why not?”
And that’s how it happened. Because I received the assurance from Padre Pio
that the Virgin was appearing and that he permitted me to go, then I wasn’t afraid,
and I went. “
Saint (Padre) Pio affirms Garabandal to a PH.D in
“While he was living, the same Padre Pio guaranteed the
authenticity of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin. He met Conchita at San
Giovanni Rotondo. Even during the last days of his life he talked about this to
his brothers in religious life and left a personal message for the principle
personage of the apparitions. “Fr. Pelletier - “Our Lady comes to Garabandal”
From the book “The Final Hour“ page 141
”How many times must she appear there to be believed ? “
From the book “Thunder of Justice“ page 163 : An
incident which confirms Padre Pio’s belief in Garabandal occurred early in 1966.
Conchita, who was only 16 years old, was visiting Rome with her mother and Fr.
Luna. She had been invited by Cardinal Ottaviani, Prefect of the Sacred
Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. During the visit, Conchita met
privately with Padre Pio. On this occasion, he took Conchita’s hand and her
crucifix that Our Lady had kissed in Garabandal and held them both in his own
two hands. The crucifix had passed through the hands of the child Jesus, during
the apparition of November 13,1965.
Upon Padre Pio’s death in 1968, his close friend Father Bernardino Cennamo, was instructed to give Conchita several of his personal items. The priest gave Conchita one of the three veils that covered Padre Pio's face during his wake, saying that the stigmatist had requested this before he died. Conchita also was given Padre Pio's rosary, and one of the gloves he wore, stained by his stigmata.
Small portion of Padre Pio's Veil
Conchita recounts: “I had the veil in front of me, as I was writing later that evening. When suddenly the whole room became filled with fragrance, the perfume so strong I started to cry.”
Padre Pio's Glove
Padre Pio's Bandage (front)
Padre Pio's Bandage (back)
The Emotion of Padre Pio about Conchita and his own
words : Poor Conchita as she has suffers ... Loving the Blessed Virgin Mary
with all her heart, belong to Her and working for Her, Our Lady of Garabandal,
She is the one who has set her foot on the Mountain ... She is the Star on the
Mountain (Father Laffineur has used Padre Pio words to call his own book “She
is the Star on the Mountain) ...Padre Pio also added, We must support the seers
March 3, 1962, Padre Pio wrote the girls a letter:
"My Dear Children,
"At nine o'clock this morning the Holy Virgin told me to say to you: 'O Blessed young girls of San Sebastian de Garabandal! I promise you that I will be with you until the end of the centuries, and you will be with Me during the end of the world and later, united with Me in the Glory of Paradise.'
Padre Pio continued:
I am sending you a a copy of the Holy Rosary of Fatima, which the Virgin told me to send you. The Rosary was composed by the Virgin and should be propagated for the salvation of sinners and preservation of humanity from the terrible punishments with which the good God is threatening it. I give you only one counsel: PRAY and get others to pray, because the world is at the beginning of perdition.
They do not believe in you or in your conversations
with the Lady in White. BUT THEY WILL BELIEVE YOU WHEN IT WILL BE TOO
Padre Pio's visit to Garabandal in bilocation!
Conchita had written to Padre Pio requesting his advice on various subjects that concerned her, and before the letter had time to reach San Giovanni Rotondo, a group of Padre Pio's spiritual children composed of five Italians, one Frenchman, one Canadian, one Filipino and a Belgian priest, visit her in Garabandal, announcing to her the visit of Padre Pio to respond directly to her questions.
Then, on October 10, 1967, through a phenomenon of bilocation (the capacity of one person to be present in two places at the same time), Padre Pio's visit to Conchita took place at her house, where he was about an hour. She can see his figure, unmistakable habit, hear his voice, kiss his hands and notice the penetrating and characteristic perfume that comes out of his wounds.
During his visit, he said among other things that he had
been in Garabandal four times and, as proof of the authenticity of his
presence, he writes in a letter in Aramaic the phrase "in union of
prayers" and signed P Pio.
Note: It must be reported that Padre Pio never left during his entire religious life, from the Convent in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. His visit to Garabandal only happened by the process of bilocation that only happen to some saints. 10-10-67
Retrieved from the book "Garabandal 67, spiritual chronicle of a year"