Friday, August 26, 2005

Magic of A Mystic

Just finished reading a biography of Padre Pio that doesn't turn up on Amazon. It's called Magic of a Mystic:Stories of Padre Pio, by the Duchess of St. Alban's. The author interviews a multinational sample of Saint Pio's spiritual children who speak about both his supernatural abilities and his humanity -- usually in the same breath. But while this biography is foremost that of a saint, it also functions as an introduction to San Giovanni Rotondo, the mountain village where Padre Pio lived. His little village is a place where miracles are expected, and where, as the author puts it, people gossip about the doings of their guardian angels the way people elsewhere talk about their neighbors.