-Liber Al vel Legis
Chapter 2: verse 52 (via s-e-x-m-a-g-i-c-k
Saint Pio’s stigmata was permanent and he famously bled for 50 years from wounds in his hands.
The bloody wounds of stigmata are considered a sign of faith and connection to Jesus, and this is possibly why God has never made the wounds appear on a Protestant or atheist. Some Protestants are however able to speak in tongues, as was Padre Pio. He also had several other powers, including levitation, bilocation, prophecy, miracles, healing, and his wounds reportedly smelt like aftershave. Padre Pio could subsist for long periods with no nourishment other than a Communion wafer.
Transverberation is when God pierces the heart to indicate a union of love with Jesus. Padre Pio had a vision in which Christ appeared and pierced his heart and as a result he received a physical wound in his side. A large bloodstained square of linen from “the wound of the transverberation” is permanently displayed at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago.
The founder of Milan’s Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, friar, physician and psychologist Agostino Gemelli, concluded Padre Pio was “an ignorant and self-mutilating psychopath who exploited people’s credulity.” Gemelli also speculated that Padre Pio kept his wounds open with carbolic acid.