THE GRACE OF A LITTLE BROTHER FORETOLD IN A VISION TO A LITTLE GIRL
“My wife Andrea and I underwent fertility treatment for four years. (…) Finally, in 2004, our daughter María Delfina Lujan was born. Three years later, after hoping for the arrival of the second, Andrea miscarried. It was a terrible blow. (…)
“We went to Salta, in Tres Cerritos, where more than 60,000 people were gather to pray the Rosary in honor of the Mother of the Divine Eucharistic Heart of Jesus (…) I saw my sister María, who worked as a housekeeper at the center, take a holy card of St. Padre Pio from her pocket and give it to Andrea to pray with. On the way home, Delfina, who was just three-and-a-half years old at the time, told us in the car that she had seen a friar behind the tree where her mother had been sitting. We didn’t give it much importance, thinking it was a typical fantasy of a little girl of her age. But later on, when I told my sister María about the episode, she explained to us that many people had seen Padre Pio next to the very same tree. (…)
“Our prayers to the saint of Pietrelcina were quickly answered. The following month we heard that Andrea was pregnant again. Her probable due date was September 23, the same day Padre Pio died. We decided that if it was a boy, we would name him Pio; and if it was a little girl, Pia. (…) Pío Santiago was born on August 1, and so we decided to have him baptized on September 23, in the Church of St. Pio, near La Plata. We later sent a copy of the ceremony to San Giovanni Rotondo, as a sign of thanksgiving.”
As we read in the introduction to Padre Pio: The unknown miracles of the saint with the stigmata, the real miracle Padre Pio performs every time he intercedes for someone who is suffering, restoring physical or mental health, is another: “As the testimonies collected in the book clearly show, after the Lord intervenes, the one who has received a grace through intercession of Padre Pio is invariably and radically transformed. I myself can guarantee that, to this day, I have not encountered a single case in which the “gift” granted by God through the intercession of St. Padre Pio was not accompanied by a radical change of life … a much closer, more demanding and joyful relationship with Christ.”
Translated from the Italian by Diane Montagna.