Two of the greatest mystics of the past century have been St. Pio of Pietrelcina, and Luisa Piccarreta. The four books of Padre Pio's letters astonish readers for their spiritual wisdom and depth, as well as practical advice. The thirty-six books of Luisa Piccarreta's revelations, and her other works, continue to be mined by both clergy and laity alike who wish a deeper understanding of the Divine Will of God.
Although Luisa and Padre Pio knew about and esteemed one another, it is not certain just how or when they became aware of each other, since there is no record that they ever met in person, at least not by natural means. They were contemporaries, and spent their lives in the same province of Puglia, or Apulia, in the southeast of Italy along the Adriatic Coast. They lived most of their lives only about 50 miles apart, with Luisa confined to her bed in Corato, and Padre Pio to his monastery in San Giovanni Rotondo. As word of the sanctity of each spread among the pious Catholics of the Italian South, it seems inevitable that they would have been told about each other from among the many visitors that besieged them.
I have researched as thoroughly as possible all the available facts, stories and information that I have been able to find regarding the relationship between these two amazing mystics, Padre Pio and Luisa Piccarreta. I would like to use the word "saints" for both, and I join with many in praying that this new year will see the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta declared Venerable by the Church, if not Beatified.
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