20160829 St. Pio bilocated

Padre Pio had the gift of bilocation and  the “odor of sanctity”. In 1917, Father Alberto saw Padre Pio standing in front of the window, looking at the mountain. Father Alberto approached Padre Pio in order to kiss his hand, but Padre Pio did not notice and his hand was rigid. At that time, Father Alberto heard that Padre Pio was clearly giving absolution to someone. After a while, Padre Pio shook like awakening from a nap. He looked at Father Alberto and said, “You are here. I did not realize it!” After some days, a telegram from Turin was delivered. Someone was thanking the superior of the friary for having sent Padre Pio to Turin to assist a dying person. Father Alberto realized that the man was dying in the same moment Padre Pio was giving absolution in San Giovanni Rotondo. 

During World War II, an American Commanding Officer wanted to destroy a depot of German war material that had been located in San Giovanni Rotondo. The General said that when the airplanes were near the target, they saw in the sky a monk with the uplifted hands. The bombs had dropped away by themselves and fell into the woods. The airplanes had reversed course without being maneuvered by the pilots or by the other officers. All wondered who that monk was which the airplanes had obeyed. Someone told the General, “At San Giovanni Rotondo was a monk who worked miracles.” After the war, the General went to San Giovanni Rotondo with some pilots to find out if the miracles working monk there was the same monk they had seen in the sky. After entering the sacristy, the General immediately recognized the monk that had stopped his airplanes: he was Padre Pio. Padre Pio approached the General and  said, “Are you the one who wanted to kill all of us?” The General knelt in front of him, and Padre Pio spoke to him in dialect, but the General was convinced that the monk had spoken in English. The two became friends and the General, who was Protestant, became Catholic.

A married couple in England were experiencing problems and were at a point of despair. Someone spoke to them about Padre Pio. They wrote to Padre Pio but did not receive any answer.  They, then decided to go to San Giovanni Rotondo to meet the Padre and to seek his counsel. It was a difficult and long journey during winter time. The couple spent their first night in Bern in a lowly hotel and they had doubts. They wondered what they would do if Padre Pio did not receive them. Should they continue with their journey or turn back? As they were debating on their options, the room was filled with a sweet, intoxicating perfume,  that had a very relaxing effect on them. The couple couldn’t find the source of the perfume and took it as a sign to continue with their journey to San Giovanni Rotondo. When they got there, the husband said to Padre Pio:  “We wrote to you, Father, but since you have not answered us…” “What?” Padre Pio interrupted saying: “Why do you tell me I did not answer you? Did you not smell anything that evening in the Swiss hotel?” With just a few words of counselling, Padre Pio helped them to resolve their problems.

One day Mr. Peter was driving very fast. Suddenly he felt a wave of perfume and remembered Padre Pio told him: “My child, when you feel the perfume, be careful”. In that instant he slowed down. Even though he could not avoid to have a crash with the car, but he was not injured.

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