One reviewer wrote:
This is a very factual, down-to-earth, well-researched and enjoyable biography of our new Saint, Padre Pio. The author goes to great lengths to examine and sort out all the claims made about Padre Pio in a fair-minded, nonjudgmental manner. And the most wonderful thing about Padre Pio turns out to be not just the miracles and the wonders that he performed, but his great love and devotion for Christ. Not to mention his great (and underrated) sense of humor! A terrific book which I've already read twice!
The author, C. Bernard Ruffin, is Lutheran.
As for the stigmata, the saint never sought the visible wounds and even asked our Lord to take them away, or make them invisible. As for why these wounds are centered in the palms and not the wrist is not something that can be explained. How God chooses to whom, why and how these marks are given is inexplicable.
Thanks for the info! I have a couple books about him, but have not read this one.
I appreciate the book recommendation. Oddly enough, I don’t have any books about Padre Pio! I used to have a film (VHS), but I loaned it out and didn’t get it back before we moved from Tulsa.