by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Italy
“I hate sin! Fortunate our country, if it, mother of law, wanted to perfect its laws and customs in this sense in the light of honesty and Christian principles”
Saint Pio from Pietrelcina
These words were certainly pronounced by Italian Friar Pio before 1959, the date of the publication of the volume which contains its pearls of Christian and Catholic wisdom, but above all human and social, so current as to appear prophetic. I read them today, for certainly divine inspiration, in the diary “Good Day … A thought for every day of the year” from the special edition for the beatification of 1999 by the Apulian Franciscan then canonized by John Paul II in 2002.
Francesco Forgione (Pietrelcina, Benevento, 25 May 1887 – San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia, 23 September 1968), appears suited to the Minor Order founded by the St. Franciscus from Assisi since his baptism by virtue of the name, which in order to adhere to the monastic life changed Pio (Pius), keeping faith with the meaning of this denomination with his works of spiritual and material mercy and with his religious devotion beyond all ecclesiastical persecution.
The friar of the Stigmata of the Passion of Christ, painful and bleeding for fifty years, was a Capuchin Franciscan much loved and equally disputed, not so much for the ways at times a little rough with the sinners from vacillating repentance or the “Gospel- do-it-yourself ”, as much as for his love for the truth expressed with clear sincerity and luminous simplicity.