Padre Pio, the Stigmata, and Scripted in Heaven

St. Padre Pio is one of the most recognized priests in the world today. He was an Italian priest born in Pietrelcina, Italy. Known for his dedication and service to the people and his heart for charity, and most of all the gift of the stigmata.

At the young age of 5, Padre Pio already decided that he would dedicate his life to God.

His parents were a big factor and help to further his Spiritual cause and willingness to serve the Lord. Padre Pio’s hope and dreams of serving the Lord as a priest was fulfilled. His family attends church regularly, and as a young man, he served as an altar boy in their local parish.

At a young age, he already could see his Guardian Angels, and he spoke with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. Because Higher Beings were speaking to him regularly, he assumed that most people can do this too. He thought that this was something natural for everyone. As he was growing up, Padre Pio or Francisco as his family would call him tended a small flock of sheep which was owned by his family, they were poor so they could not afford to send him to school regularly and because of this, he was not able to catch up with other kids. He was also very sickly as a child and had frequent bouts of gastroenteritis at age six, and when he was ten he suffered from Typhoid fever.

In the year 1897, after three years of attending school. He told his parents that he was serious about becoming a friar. Because of this, his parents traveled to a nearby community of monks and asked if their son can join them in serving the Lord. He was then evaluated by the monks and was told that he required further education before he can join. His parents wanted Francisco to fulfill his goal, so they hired a private tutor, to be able to afford this his father had to travel to America and find work, so he can send money back home.

Finally, at the age of 15, hew as able to complete his studies, and entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars at Morcone. He was then given the name “Pio” in honor of Pope Pius I.

However, at the age of 17, he became seriously ill and could only digest cheese and milk. Because of this, he was sent to the mountains so he can breathe fresh air, he was sent back to his family. But despite this setback, he remained faithful and continued studying for the priesthood. The devotion of Padre Pio to the Lord Jesus Christ was so strong, that one occasion while fervently praying, a fellow monk reported that he saw Padre Pio levitate during an episode of ecstasy. In 1910, he officially became a priest but was allowed to remain at home because of his illness.

For a time, he also got sent to serve in the military front lines during the war however because he frequently got sick, he had to be sent back home. On September 20, Padre Pio was hearing confessions when he felt a sudden sharp pain in his hands and feet.

He was astonished to see wounds appearing on his hands and feet. The very same location where the wounds of Christ were inflicted. It was very painful and it bled constantly, but the wounds smelled of roses, and although they continued to bleed, it never got infected. Doctors who checked on Padre Pio were so astonished because the stigmata on his hands and feet were perfectly round. The wounds of the stigmata did not close, and by 1919 the word got around and many people from far away places decided to visit and examine the wounds. Many visitors and people in their area expressed that they saw him levitate and perform miracles.

He became so famous, it began to bother the Vatican Church, and because of this they began to restrict his ministry and reduce his public interaction. He began to get uncomfortable with his newfound fame because of the stigmata. Some Church leaders came to investigate and deemed his condition as fake, however by 1934, the Vatican changed its mind and he was then allowed to perform his duties as a priest in public. He was not officially licensed as an ordained priest, however, Pope Pius XI himself encourages people to give him a visit.

In 1947, Fr. Karol Wojtyla visited Padre Pio who prophetically told him he would rise to the highest post in the Church.” Fr. Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II in 1978.

With his newfound fame and supporters, he was able to open a hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo in 1956. Padre Pio’s fame continued to grow on an international scale, due to the quality of his preaching. He is quoted for his famous words, “ Pray, hope and doesn’t worry”.

Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968, and his funeral was widely attended, over 100,000 devotees came to pay their respects. On June 16, 2002, Pope John Paul II finally deemed Padre Pio as a saint and his official feast day is September 23.

After his death, Padre Pio remains controversial. The San Giovanni Rotondo is still one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world for Christians after the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. The place attracts 7 million people each year. This led the Church to display the corpse of Padre Pio on live television in Italy and many other channels including that of Al Jazeera. While he was living, Padre Pio was known for never turning down a request, and many devotees believe that the powers given to him by God haven’t diminished even in his death.

Padre Pio is regarded as a true miracle worker and thousands of lives are still being inspired by the story of Padre Pio and the Stigma, including the best selling author, actress, award-winning film producer, humanitarian, and stem cell therapy advocate Lourdes Duque Baron.

Scripted in Heaven

Scripted In Heaven is the award-winning book authored by Lourdes Duque Baron. It follows the journey of Dr. Robinson V. Baron and his physical and metaphysical healing.

A stubborn surgeon, he ignored the warning of an old lady about an incoming complication with his health. The book narrates the struggles that follow that will take their family into a journey of spiritual renewal- it leads him to rediscover his faith and his true love.

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During the toughest times of his illness, he seeks for the divine guidance and inspiration from the life and works of Padre Pio da Pietrelcina. As the months passed by, his devotion grew to cause him to embark on an intense pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy.

Scripted in Heaven,  was recognized as the Outstanding Inspirational / Biographical winner of the EOTM Awards in West Hollywood, California.

Scripted in Heaven, was recognized as the Outstanding Inspirational/ Biographical Winner of the EOTM Awards in West Hollywood, California 

The book speaks of mystical metamorphosis, a story that speaks about courage, sacrifice, and triumph. It will inspire readers who are searching for answers. A real-life story of finding purpose and truth in life.

Scripted in Heaven by Lourdes Duque Baron as reviewed by Romuald Dzemo of Reader’s Favorite is a powerful testament to the inscrutable power and existence of God’s grace.

The book was written to bring light and inspiration especially to married couples who are experiencing bumpy situations in their life.

Dr. Robinson V. Baron is a highly respected surgeon who thought that he was in control of his life, but was humbled by the Lord with a series of challenges with his physical health that finally prompted him to seek for a spiritual connection with the Lord.  The life and works of St. Pio of Pietrelcina is a turning point for their family, it gave them a meaningful healing conversion.

The narrative begins with a dramatic event. A lady called Marie hurries towards Dr. Baron through the halls and tells him as a matter of urgency: “Dr. Baron, Padre Pio told me to pray for you because he said you have a kidney problem.” The doctor does not believe her, but then the things that follow will change him forever. It is a powerful invitation to readers to open their hearts to the transforming grace of Jesus Christ.

During the toughest times of his illness, he seeks for the divine guidance and inspiration from the life and works of Padre Pio da Pietrelcina. As the months passed by, his devotion grew to cause him to embark on an intense pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy.

The book speaks of mystical metamorphosis, a story that speaks about courage, sacrifice, and triumph. It will inspire readers who are searching for answers. A real-life story of finding purpose and truth in life.

Scripted in Heaven Movie Now in The Works

Lou Baron is on the process of finalizing the details of the cast and crew and shooting dates for Scripted in Heaven. In an interview, she stated that ” I want to Ignite Spiritual Renaissance in the world”. This is why she is eager and looking forward to prioritizing producing and shooting Scripted In Heaven Movie!

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/scripted-in-heaven

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