Yesterday, September 23, was the feast day of one of the twentieth century’s greatest mystics, St. Padre Pio. St. Padre Pio was an Italian Capuchin friar who was known for his great piety and the extraordinary spiritual gifts that God gave him, including the stigmata and the ability to bilocate.
But what exactly is a mystic? Do all mystics receive these amazing gifts?
If you were a Catholic school student decades ago, then chances are, you were taught by religious sisters. Your image of a typical religious sister, then, might be of a woman in a long habit and a veil. However, not all sisters wear a habit like this, or even any habit at all. Sisters simply dress based on the rule of their particular order.
The Polish word Lolek means “free man." Have you ever asked yourself what it really means to be a free man?
This question is becoming almost impossible to answer when we look at the kinds of men our culture glorifies. Good male role models are becoming few and far between. Bad male role models are becoming numerous.