Bill introduced the pilot to Padre Pio. Padre Pio then said that on a certain date, shortly after midnight, he had flown his plane directly over the monastery. The pilot had no distinct recollection of that particular date and gave Bill a puzzled look. However, Padre Pio had made quite an impression on him.
When they got back to the base, the pilot immediately went to his log book and looked up the date that Padre Pio had spoken of.
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Indeed, he realized to his amazement, that he would have been flying over the monastery at the very time that Padre Pio had mentioned. My mother looked out the window and there was Bill walking up the street toward our house. We had no idea that he was coming home and we were overjoyed at his safe return. On that very night, he told us the story of meeting Padre Pio, a story I have never forgotten. I was down and out and homeless. I was a heroin addict. I had no money nor medical insurance. The city hospital had a long waiting list and no other help for me was available.
My aunt and her friends started praying to Padre Pio for me. I was admitted into a hospital for detoxification and then I was sent to an excellent rehabilitation program for drug addicts.
I am now working and off drugs and trying to rebuild my life. I had a terrible problem with a young man harassing me and calling me names. Eventually it got so bad that even his family started to threaten me and my husband. I prayed to Padre Pio to help me.
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I am happy to say I have all faith in his intercession. The man phoned to apologize after I had prayed to Padre Pio just once. My daddy died on December 8, However, on December 7th, at St. We knew that there was someone very holy and very powerful there and that also there was more than one person near him. I recognized it as the language my daddy was speaking. It was either that language or something very close to it.
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We just knew that there were some very holy people escorting him into eternal life. I have never seen my daddy become so humbled as he was that day.
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He died the next morning. I knew we were in the company of holiness, of saintliness and we were not hung out to dry. They were powerful and they knew God. Thank you, Amen. I had a wonderful and devoted father. I loved him very much. He was a very good man, well known for his generosity. Nothing would stop him from helping anyone in need or in trouble. However, he was completely indifferent to all religions, especially the Catholic Church, though he professed to have a vague sort of belief in God.
On top of that, he had serious drinking problem. He used to drink heavily almost day and my mother joined him in his drinking. All my persuasions and remonstrations did not seem to have any effect and I was in deep despair over it. It was at this time, , that an uncle told me about Padre Pio and his work.
I wrote to Padre Pio and asked him to pray for my parents so that they would be converted and give up drinking. Unexpectedly, after some time I got a letter assuring me that Padre Pio was praying for my parents. In my parents became interested in the Catholic faith, took instructions, and were baptized. However, it took my father another six years to give up drinking, which he finally did in He never touched alcohol again after that. About 20 years ago I attended a seminar given by a priest who had returned from a trip to San Giovanni Rotondo.
His testimony about Padre Pio was very inspiring and since that time I have developed a very close relationship with Padre Pio. I keep a small Padre Pio prayer card in the left pocket of my shirt at all times.
Every night I place it on my night table before I go to bed. My wife and I have been active parishioners at St. I also teach Bible classes on Tuesdays. In , I was diagnosed with severe aorta stenosis. My aorta valve should have had an opening of 3 cms. To confirm the findings, my cardiologist, Dr.
Hugo Garcia ordered a transesophageal echo test. The test showed the same results. My doctor explained to me that I was going to have to have open heart surgery. I met the doctor who was going to perform the surgery, Dr. Nirberto Moreno, at Baptist Hospital of Miami. The procedure would take a close look at my arteries in order to determine the entry point for the open heart surgery. It my arteries were in good shape, the surgeon would go through the side of my chest. If the coronary arteries were obstructed, the center of my chest would have to be opened for the surgery.
The heart catheterization procedure was performed at South Miami Hospital on April 12, As I was coming out of the sedation, my cardiologist, Dr. Contreras, what have you done? You do not need heart surgery. Well, Padre Pio went all the way for me! During my childhood I was afflicted with an illness from the age of 8 years old. I could not attend school very much but I was able to take piano lessons. Every week I had a private lesson in my home. Doctors told me I would have the illness all my life.
He said he would talk to Padre Pio about me when he returned to San Giovanni. Padre Pio advised that I have pupils and teach them piano. He told me I would have to suffer for 3 years and then I would be cured.
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I am now completely cured and have my own school where I teach piano in my home and have 40 pupils. I am getting on well thanks to Padre Pio. I would like to give thanks to Padre Pio who has interceded for me throughout my life. At that time, I lived in a rented room above a bookshop and was far away from home, as I am from Scotland.