Go Ahead and Kiss It 

Another woman named Teresa Venezia gives her statement:

“After confession I waited in the cloister corridor to be able to kiss his hand as he passed by. (The faithful always desired to kiss the stigmatized hands of P. Pio, as they considered this a great privilege and blessing –editor). When Padre Pio arrived he did not stop near her, so she was unable to kiss his stigmata. She immediately felt very saddened and deeply lamented about this in her heart. Suddenly, the Saint turned back, walked up to her, held out his hand, and like a father with a light smile he gruffly said: “Go ahead then and kiss it, before I give you a little smack.”

 (Testimony of Teresa Venezia, Tolve, Italy, October 19,1986)

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