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The Good Odor of Christ
We are unto God a sweet odor of Christ, to them that are saved. 2 Corinthians 2:15.
I received of Epaphroditus the things that were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. -- Philippians 4:18.
Then Mary took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. --John 12:3.
The blood around the stigmata of Padre Pio gave off at times a pleasant fragrance, "like a mixture of violets and roses." One doctor added, "One could consider that of all the parts of the human organism, blood is the quickest to decompose. In any case blood never gives off a pleasant odor." This miraculous pleasant frangrance was also smelled on things that belonged to Padre Pio and on some things that he touched. Some devotees of Padre Pio smelled a pleasant fragrance, roses, wild flowers or a cigar smoke scent. They believe this indicates his presence, a warning or a message of some kind.
Padre Pio and the Angels
Padre Pio lived in close contact with his guardian angel, who taught him to translate letters in French and Greek. The angel would keep Padre Pio up at night so that they could both chant God's praises. Padre Pio's angel would also ease the pain that he suffered from beatings that he received from demons.
Padre Pio had many titles of his guardian angel, including: little angel, friend, brother, companion, conductor, secretary, heavenly messenger, companion of my infancy, and others.
Padre Pio, Letter, April 20, 1915: "Often repeat the beautiful prayer: 'Angel of God, my guardian to whom the goodness of the heavenly Father entrusts me, enlighten, protect and guide me now and forever.'"
A lawyer named Attilio De Sanctis was completely amazed by the fact that he had driven his car for 27 miles while asleep without an accident. During a visit to see Padre Pio, he asked him what had happened that night that he had driven for miles while asleep. Padre Pio told De Sanctis: "You fell asleep and your guardian angel drove your car."
Padre Pio said about the angels: "The angels envy us for one thing only: they cannot suffer for God."
Padre Pio and the Blessed Virgin Mary
Padre Pio said many times: "I wish I had a voice loud enough to tell all the sinners of the world to love Mary. She is the ocean across which one must travel in order to reach Jesus."
Padre Pio instructed: "Recite the Rosary and recite it always and as much as you can."
Speaking of Our Lady, Padre Pio said: "Each grace passes through her hands."
Padre Pio instructed his spiritual children: "In all the free time you have, once you have finished your duties of state, you should kneel down and pray the Rosary. Pray the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament or before a crucifix."
Concerning the Rosary, Our Lady herself said to Padre Pio: "With this weapon you will win." Convinced of the power of the Rosary, Padre Pio always held the rosary in his hands. When his death was approaching, he recommended the Rosary to his spiritual children by saying: "Love Our Lady and make her loved. Always recite the Rosary."
Need of Victim Souls
Our Lord once spoke to Padre Pio about his sufferings in the following manner. "My son, I need victims in order to appease my Father's justifiable and divine anger: renew your sacrifice and make it without reservations."
Padre Pio: "If people would only understand the value of suffering, they would not seek pleasure, but only to suffer."
Guide for Souls of Reparation
The book Legion of Victim Souls serves as a guide for souls who want to help save other souls.
On Nov. 5, 1973, Our Lord said about this book: "Read this text (Legion of Victim Souls) with a simple and proper spirit, and I promise to give you the graces necessary to participate in the Work of Atonement. I, Christ, your Redeemer and Master, promise it to you. This is the last revelation that my Victim Heart makes to men. My peace be with all those who believe in my messages, given through your mediation. I am honored and served by those who believe me." (Nov. 5, 1973)
Padre Pio About Suffering
"I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body, which is the church." (Colossians 1:24)
One of the main reasons that the Devil hated Padre Pio so much, was that he was winning so many souls through his sufferings. He often remarked on the extent of these astounding sufferings.
Padre Pio: "The heavenly Father has not ceased to allow me to share in the sufferings of his Only-begotten Son, even physically. These pains are so acute as to be absolutely indescribable and inconceivable."
Padre Pio said that his sufferings could be compared "to that which the martyrs experienced when burned alive or brutally put to death when giving witness to their faith in Jesus Christ."
Padre Pio, Nov. 25, 1915: "My condition is becoming unbearable, and I remain alive only by a miracle."
Padre Pio said about suffering: "No suffering borne out of love for Christ, even pooly borne, will go unrewarded in eternal life. Trust and hope in the merits of Jesus and in this way even poor clay will become the finest gold which will shine in the palace of the King of Heaven."
Miracles of Bilocation
Padre Pio never left his monastery in San Giovanni Rotondo. Nevertheless, he was seen in various parts of the world, in Uruguay, in Wisconsin, in Hawaii, in England, and in 1925 he was seen in Rome. (For more details of the Roman apparition, see page "Legion of Victims.")
"Legion of Victim Souls" (Imprimatur, 1966) now available in PDF format
The booklet Legion of Victim Souls is available in a printed booklet, that will be sent free by ordinary mail, as long as we are able to do so. Please write to the editor to obtain a copy.