Saint of the Month: St Padre Pio
Feast Day: 23rd of September
St. Padre Pio experienced temptation and evil at a very young age, having visions of angels, demons, and even Satan at the age of 4 or 5. He wanted to give his life to Christ and become a priest, and entered the monastery at age 15.
It was in 1918 that Padre Pio received the stigmata: a physical ailment that causes one to develop the 5 wounds of Christ crucified (two on the hands, two on the feet, and one on the side). He developed the side wound first, but tried to hide it in order to not call attention to himself. However, some of the other priests in the monastery noticed that he was bleeding, and it was confirmed that he had the stigmata—a condition of which only about 300 cases are known.
St Padre Pio, Pray for Us!