LUISA PICCARRETA collection of memories of the Servant of GodBERNARDINO GIUSEPPE BUCCI, O.F.M.
Blessed Padre Pio, Luisa Piccarreta and Rosaria Bucci
Luisa Piccarreta and Blessed Padre Pio of Pietrelcina knew one another for some time without ever having met, for Luisa was always confined to the bed where she sat, while Padre Pio was enclosed in the friary of the Capuchin Fathers of San Giovanni Rotondo.5
One question naturally arises, how did they come to know one another?
This is difficult to discover, yet one thing is certain, that the two did know and esteem one another.
My aunt recounts how Luisa would speak with respect and veneration of the blessed father, describing him as a "true man of God", who still had great suffering to face for the good of souls.
In about 1930, a well-known figure arrived at Luisas house, sent personally by Padre Pio. He was Federico Abresch, a convert of Padre Pio. Federico spoke at length with Luisa. What they said we are not given to know; but one thing is certain. Federico Abresch became an apostle of the Divine Will and regularly visited Luisa, with whom he always had long conversations.
When his little son received his first communion from Padre Pios hands, he was also immediately taken to see Luisa who, according to the story, foretold that he would become a priest.
The small boy of that time is now a priest and works at the Congregation for Bishops in Rome; he is known by the name of Mgr. Pio Abresch.
When Luisa was condemned by the Holy Office and her works put on the Index, Padre Pio sent her this message though Federico Abresch: "Dear Luisa, saints serve for the good of souls, but their suffering knows no bounds". At that time Padre Pio was also in very great difficulties.
Blessed Padre Pio sent many people to Luisa Piccarreta and would say to the people of Corato who went to San Giovanni Rotondo: "What have you come here for? You have Luisa, go to her".
Padre Pio recommended to certain of his faithful (including Federico Abresch) that they open a spirituality center at San Giovanni Rotondo, inspired by the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta.
Miss Adriana Pallotti (a spiritual daughter of Padre Pio) is currently an heir to Padre Pios wishes. She has opened a House of the Divine Will at San Giovanni Rotondo, keeping alive the torch lit by Padre Pio with Federico Abresch. Miss Adriana Pallotti says that it was Blessed Padre Pio who encouraged her to spread Luisa Piccarretas spirituality in San Giovanni Rotondo and to help disseminate the Divine Will throughout the world, as Padre Pio desired.
Aunt Rosaria went regularly to San Giovanni Rotondo, especially after Luisas death. Padre Pio knew her very well, and when Luisa was still alive he would ask Aunt Rosaria when he saw her: "Rosa, how is Luisa?".
Aunt Rosaria would answer him: "She is well!".
After Luisas death, Aunt Rosaria increased her visits to San Giovanni Rotondo, in order to receive enlightenment and advice from Padre Pio.
Aunt Rosaria was the one lamp that stayed alight to resolve Luisa Piccarretas case regarding the sentence of the Holy Office, visiting various ecclesiastical figures and, in addition, confronting the Congregation of the Holy Office. Once she managed it is not known how to enter the office of the Cardinal Prefect, Ottaviani, who heard her kindly and promised to take up the case.
Indeed, a few days later, Aunt Rosaria was summoned by Archbishop Addazi of Trani, who said to her: "Miss Rosaria, I do not know whether to reprimand you or to admire you for your courage. You have faced the guard dog of the Church, the great defender of the faith, without being bitten".
The conclusion was that permission was obtained to move Luisas body from the cemetery to the Church of Santa Maria Greca.
Luisa said to my aunt: "You will be my witness" and one day Padre Pio told her point-blank in his Benevento dialect: "Rosa, va nanz, va nanz ca Luisa ič gran e u munn sarā chin di Luisa" (Rosaria, go ahead, go ahead for Luisa is great and the world will be full of Luisa). My aunt often recounted this episode, but things were not going well: everything indicated that Luisa would soon be forgotten.
After the venerated Padre Pios death, my aunt said one day: "Padre Pio prophesied that Luisa would be known throughout the world". And she repeated the phrase Padre Pio had said in his dialect.
I answered that there would be no easy solution to the case of Luisa Piccarreta Indeed nothing further was said of it in Corato either, and Padre Pios words could have been considered merely a comforting remark. But Aunt Rosaria retorted: "No! During my confession Padre Pio told me that Luisa is not a human factor, she is a work of God and he himself will make her emerge. The world will be astounded at her greatness; not many years will pass before this happens. The new millennium will see Luisas light".
I was silent at this assertion and my aunt asked me: "But do you believe in Luisa?".
I answered her that I did.
Then she said to me: "Come to my house in a few days time, because I have something very important to tell you".
It was during the 70s and Padre Pio had been dead for a several years.
The Marian Movement of Priests has released the official
translation of a meditation talk by Fr. Stefano Gobbi given on June
24, 1996. It is entitled "The Triumph, the Second Coming, and the
Eucharistic Reign". (Fr. Gobbi's locutions from the Blessed Virgin
Mary are contained in the well-known book "To The Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons").
In his talk, Fr. Gobbi distinguishes the coming Triumph as being
distinct from the final coming of Christ in judgement at the end of
the world. Instead, this new period of triumph will have four
characteristics: Triumph of the Divine Will, a Second Pentecost,
triumph of Divine Mercy, and the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus.
Below are excerpts from Fr. Gobbi's comments on the triumph of the Divine Will:
"At last, the prayer of the 'Our Father' which Jesus taught us will
be fulfilled; it will have its perfect completion. The Divine Will
will be fulfilled in a perfect way by all creatures, thus bringing
forth the Kingdom of the Divine Will upon this earth.
....There is a mystic, Luisa Piccarreta, whose cause for
beatification is in progress, who wrote great books about the Divine
Will. When I was in Mexico, I was given some of these writings which
relate to numerous aspects described in our book. I was impressed by
them - I should read the exact text to you, but I don't have it with
me today. It says that every two thousand years there has been a
great renewal. Two thousand years after creation there was the
deluge of water. Two thousand years after the deluge of water, there
was the deluge of blood: the redemption. After two thousand there
will be the deluge of fire - a spiritual fire, I think - and
finally, the Kingdom of the Divine Will will come upon earth, because
every creature will fulfill the Divine Will in a perfect way."
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Pio and America,
St. Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims,
The Greatest Catholic President: Garcia Moreno of Ecuador
Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarreta - Journeys in the Divine Will vols. 1 and 2
Life of the Mystic Luisa Piccarreta - volume 3 in preparation
The Truth about Padre Pio's Stigmata and Other Wonders of the Saint
Vatican II, Evolution, and Medjugorje: Hubris, Heresy, and Mystery
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