Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina was spotted to be in town yesterday (Sacred Heart Parish, Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines). It was a glove that Padre Pio wore everyday to cover his stigmata.
“Stigmata (singular stigma) are bodily marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, such as the hands and feet. In some cases, rope marks on the wrists have accompanied the wounds on the hands.” (Source: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigmata)
“Stigmata are primarily associated with the Roman Catholic faith. Many reported stigmatics are members of Catholic religious orders. St. Francis of Assisi was the first recorded stigmatic in Christian history. For over fifty years Padre Pio of Pietrelcina of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin reported stigmata which were studied by several 20th century physicians, whose independence from the Church is not known. The observations were reportedly unexplainable and the wounds never became infected.” (Source: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigmata)
It was a very rare opportunity to have a glimpse of this, and it was indeed a blessing for me to have witnessed this up, close and personal. The queue was quite long, we waited in line for an hour before we were able to touch it (the glove covered by glass frame). It was worth the wait. St. Pio has special place in me as I have a personal devotion to him for quite a while now (admittedly inconsistent at times, but I make sure not to). A man to be admired of – for his unparalleled devotion to God, untiring faith, compassion and service to humanity.
Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/640, ISO 1600, Panasonic G3, Olympus 45mm 1.8
Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/80, ISO 1600, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 20mm 1.7
Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/160, ISO 1600, Panasonic G3, Olympus 45mm 1.8
Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/125, ISO 1600, Panasonic G3, Olympus 45mm 1.8
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