Saint Pio & His Vision of 'Three Days Of Darkness'
Padre Pio, born Francesco Forgione, May 27, 1887 Pietrelcina, Italy, died September 23, 1968 Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
“Do not be saddened by the sad spectacle of human injustice; even this has its value in the economy of things. It is over this that you will one day see arise the inevitable triumph of the justice of God!” – Padre Pio
Admittedly I am not well versed in the litany of men and women who have been beatified over the centuries, but there is one individual who captured my imagination many years ago; Saint Pio
I am drawn to his life of devotion, to the stigmata he displayed for most of his life as a 'padre' or minister of Christ, and to the gifts of healing and vision which he displayed
As an example of his gift of vision, in 1947, a Father Karol Wojtyla visited Padre Pio who, during the course of their discussion, told Father Wojtyla that he would rise to the highest post in the Catholic Church. Thirty one years later in 1978, Father Wojtyla became Pope John Paul 2nd
There are many, fascinating visions related by Saint Pio through his life and quite often they resulted in the emotional, spiritual and physical healing of people. For me, his most interesting vision revealed an urgent warning to humanity about an event in our near future, and how best to prepare for its tribulations. This warning becomes doubly interesting when one considers that this same vision of three days of darkness has been recounted by a host of people, many venerated in the Roman Catholic Church, but not all (LINK),
As Padre, Francesco wrote to his superior of his visions and here are two letters carefully copied from documents I read almost two decades ago:
"To, The Commission of Herolds Bach
From, Padre Pio
The Three Days Of Darkness
January 28, 1950
Keep your windows well covered. Do Not look out. Light a Blessed Candle which will suffice for many days. Pray the Rosary. Read Spiritual books.
Make acts of spiritual communion, also acts of Love, which are so pleasing to us. Pray with outstretched arms or prostrate on the ground in order that many souls be saved.
Do Not go outside the house. Provide yourself with sufficient food. The powers of Nature shall be moved and a rain of fire shall make people tremble with fear. Have courage! I am in the midst of you.
February 07, 1950
Take care of the animals during these days. I am the creator and preserver of all animals as well as man. I shall give you a few signs before hand, at which time you should place more food before them. I will preserve the property of the Elect, including animals, for they shall be in need of sustenance as well. Let no one go across the yard, even to feed the animals. He who steps outside shall perish.
Cover your windows carefully. My Elect shall not see My Wrath. Have confidence in me and I will be your protection. Your confidence obliges me to come to your aid.
The Hour of My Coming is near! But I will show Mercy. A most dreadful punishment will bear witness to the times. My Angels, who are to be the executioners of this work, are ready with their pointed sword. They will take special care to annihilate all those who mocked Me and would not believe in My revelations.
Hurricanes of fire will pour forth from the clouds and spread over the entire Earth. Storms, bad weather, thunder bolts and earthquakes will cover the Earth for two days. An uninterrupted rain of fire will take place. It will begin during a very cold night.
All this is to prove God is the Master of Creation. Those who believe in Me and believe in my words have nothing to fear because I will not forsake them, nor those who spread my message. No harm will come to those who are in a state of Grace and seek My Mother's protection.
That you may be prepared for the these visitations, I will give you the following signs and instructions;
The night will be very cold
The wind will roar
After a time, thunder bolts will be heard
Lock all the doors and windows, talk to no one outside. Kneel down before a crucifix, be sorry for your sins and beg My Mother's protection. Do not look during the earthquake because the anger of God is holy. Jesus (PBUH) does not want us to behold the anger of God, because God's anger must be contemplated with fear and trembling. Those who disregard this advice will be killed instantly.
The wind will carry with it poisonous gases which will be diffused over the entire Earth. Those who suffer and die innocently will be Martyrs and they will be with Me in My Kingdom.
Satan will triumph! But after three nights the earthquakes and fire will cease. On the following day the sun will shine again. Angels will descend from Heaven and will spread the Spirit of Peace over the Earth. A feeling of immeasurable gratitude will take possession of those who survive this terrible ordeal – the impending punishment – with which God has visited the Earth since Creation.
I have chosen souls in other countries too, such as Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, who have received these revelations so that other countries may be prepared. Pray much during this holy year of 1950. Pray the Rosary but pray it well so that your prayers may reach Heaven. Soon a more terrible catastrophe will come upon the entire world, such as never before has been witnessed, a terrible chastisement never before experienced!
The war of 1950 shall be the introduction to these things. How unconcerned men are regarding these things! Which shall soon come upon them, contrary to all expectations. How indifferent they are in preparing themselves for these unheard of events, through which they will have to pass so shortly! The weight of the Divine balance has reached the Earth! The wrath of my Father shall be poured out over the entire world.
I am again warning the world through your instrumentality as I have so often done heretofore. The sins of men have multiplied beyond measure;
Irreverence in Church
Sinful pride committed in sham religious activities
Lack of true, brotherly love
Indecency in dress, especially at summer season
The world is filled with iniquity.
This catastrophe shall come upon the Earth like a flash of lightening at which point the light of the morning Sun will be replaced by darkness! No one shall leave the house or look out a window from that moment on. I Myself shall come amidst the thunder and lightening. The wicked shall behold my Divine Heart. There shall be great confusion because of this utter darkness in which the entire Earth shall be enveloped, and many, many shall die from fear and despair.
Those who fight for my cause shall receive Grace from My Divine Heart; and the cry, “Who is like unto God?” shall serve as a means of protection for many. However many shall burn in the open fields like withered grass. The godless shall be annihilated, so that afterwards the just shall be able to stand afresh.
On the day, as soon as complete darkness has set in, no one shall leave the house or look out the window. The darkness shall last a day and a night, followed by another day and a night, and another day – but on the night following, the stars will shine again, and on the next morning the sun shall rise again, and it will be spring time!
In the days of darkness, My Elect shall not sleep, as did the disciples in the Garden of Olives. They shall pray incessantly, and they shall not be disappointed in Me. I shall gather My Elect.
Hell will believe itself to be in possession of the entire Earth, but I shall reclaim it. Do you, perhaps, think that I would permit My Father to have such terrible chastisements come upon the world if the world would turn from iniquity to justice? But because of My great Love, these afflictions shall be permitted to come upon man. Although many shall curse Me, yet thousands of souls shall be saved through them. No human understanding can fathom the depth of My Love.
Pray! Pray! I desire your prayers. My Dear Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Conrad, Saint Michael. Saint Peter, the Little Therese, your holy angels shall be your intercessors. Implore Their aid! Be courageous soldiers of Christ! At the return of light, let everyone give thanks to the Holy Trinity for their protection! The devastation shall be very great! But I, your God, will have purified the Earth. I am with you. Have Confidence.