Garabandal, Padre Pio and the Servant of God

01 December 2015

Luigina-Sinapi-Verano

A Trip to Lourdes

Conchita received a telegram from Lourdes on October 15, 1968. She was urged to be there on October 17. Providentially, Father Alfred Combe of France just arrived in Garabandal with Bernard L’Huillier. Conchita asked him if he would drive her and her mother,Aniceta, to Lourdes. Father Combe agreed and here is his account of what transpired once they got there.

On October 17, 1968, we arrived at the Hotel Cluny, Lourdes. This was the rendez-vous stated in the telegram to Conchita. We arrived there about 1:00 p.m. Several Capuchin Fathers and Mr. Bevelacqua from Naples, Italy, welcomed us with joy. But first we wanted to get settled and one of the Capuchins promptly took care of it.

Our hosts and a group of important pilgrims from Naples were lodging at this hotel. A Miss Luigina of Rome had come to Lourdes with the pilgrimage. She carried a personal message that Padre Pio of San Giovanni had written for Conchita before his death. But no sooner had she arrived at Lourdes when she had to be hospitalized, gravely ill. A telegram had been sent to Garabandal requesting Conchita to come immediately to Lourdes. I confirmed what Conchita had told me during the trip. Miss Luigina was a friend of Conchita’s who had received her into her home during Conchita’s famous visit to Rome at the beginning of 1966. Very kindly our hosts asked us to dine with them before going to the hospital, and we accepted. But this was not a simple matter. The news of the arrival of Conchita and her mother was passed from mouth to ear with the speed of light and despite all the orders of absolute secrecy that I had given to all; we had to introduce Conchita and her mother in a room at the restaurant. A double row of people, in profound silence and admiration, hemmed us in. Afterwards, Conchita confided to me that she had been embarrassed to death.

Padre Pio’s Message   photo_pa_letter

After dinner our Italian friends hurried to lead us to the hospital. Conchita prudently suggested that she not be left alone but that some one stay with her at all times. I promised to be a vigilant observer. Then we proceeded to the hospital.

Two Capuchin Fathers and a religious let us to the sick room. They entered first followed by Conchita and her mother and then me. My friend Bernard, decided to stay with the others on the landing in the passageway.

These are the places we occupied in the hospital room.

Conchita on the patient’s left, Aniceta, Conchita’s mother, at the foot of the bed a little toward the side, and I myself at the foot of the bed. Behind us were the Capuchin Fathers and the religious.

From my point of observation, which was excellent, this is what I saw and heard.

Luigina, the Patient, although in a great deal of pain (an enormous ballooning of the stomach whick made me think of peritonitis), showed great joy upon seeing Conchita. She embraced her affectionately. There followed an exchange of greetings and a few words about the state of her health. But it was brief. Luigina (Gina) explained that through Professor (Enrico) Medi at San Giovanni, she had been given a message for Conchita from Padre Pio. This message, full of peace and comfort, had been dictated to Father Pellegrino by Padre Pio at San Giovanni Rotondo before his death. She directed the religious to look in her purse and from the bag I saw her take out two envelopes. On the first was written « Through Father Pellegrino to Professor Medi », on the second envelope it said « To be sent to Conchita Through Gina ».

From the second envelope she took out a sheet on which was handwritten a short message of five or six lines that she handed publicly to Conchita who held in her hands for a moment. Not understanding Italian, the language in which this message was written, it was impossible to certifiy exactly the contents of those few lines. That which I did understand without question is that Padre Pio assured Conchita of his prayers and the offering of his suffering and he sent her his most paternal blessing.

After a moment, I saw a Capuchin priest approach Gina. She gave him a sheet of paper. He went to the window, carrying the sheet by the corner. I saw him photograph the text of the message.

Evidently it would be relatively easy for the Sacred Congregation to have the exact of the message through Father Pellegrino of San Giovanni Rotondo.

I couldn’t help but notice Conchita’s joy and emotion upon receiving the message from Padre Pio. As for Aniceta, like myself, she had missed nothing. She observed carefully the whole time.

To authenticate her mission, Luigina asked the religious to locate another, bigger briefcase. She took from this several « relics » of Padre Pio : The corporal from his last Mass, a handkerchief which was used to dry his eyes, a dressing from his wounds and the Veil (a piece of netting about 20 X 27 inches) which covered the face of Padre Pio after his death.

This last one the ill woman gave to Conchita to guard as a precious memento. She accepted it with piety and veneration.

Then Luigina asked that she be allowed to speak to Conchita alone for a few minutes. We were then brought back into the room and said our good-byes.

The ill woman appeared perfectly rational to me with complete confidence in the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She assured Conchita of her prayers and the offering of her cross.

It was already 3.40 p.m. We had to let our dear Italian friends know that we were pressed for time. In fact, Conchita and Aniceta wanted to take part in the Procession of the Blessed Sacrement on the basilica esplanade which started at 4.30 p.m. We had just enough time for Mass.

Garabandal Journal (July/September 1997) Page 12 and 13.

My Comment : Exceptional Testimony from Father Alfred Combe, already known on this Blog, we had learned from Father Combe that Sister Lucia herself had advised Bishop Venancio, the former Bishop of Fatima (Bishop Venancio is also known being the one who confirmed that the Fatima 3rd Secret was not more than 25 lines..etc..), to Visit Conchita in New York, more details below :

https://garabandalnews.org/2015/08/29/a-fatima-garabandal-visit/

In this new testimony, we are learning that Father Combe accompanied Conchita in Lourdes in October 1968 as Conchita received an important telegram and was urged to be there on October 17, just few days after the « death » of Padre Pio (Sept 23, 1968), indeed, a certain Miss Luigina of Rome had come to Lourdes and carried a personnal message that Padre Pio had written for Conchita but not sooner had Miss Luigina arrived in Lourdes when she had to be hospitalized, gravely ill, which explains why Conchita was urged to be there as soon as possible, surely Miss Luigina wanted herself to give this message from Padre Pio to Conchita directly but falling seriously ill, her relatives decided to send an urgent telegram to Conchita, in case, as we never know, if Luigina were to die, explaining probably the urgency telegram.

Facts :

  1. Miss Luigina and Conchita knew each other as Luigina had received her into her home during Conchita’s famous visit to Rome in 1966 when she was called by the Sacred Congregation headed at that time by Cardinal Ottaviani for an interview, it’s also during this trip that Conchita met Padre Pio and Pope Paul VI according to the seer herself.

2.  When she met Conchita, Miss Luigina was in hospital because she fell seriously ill, Father Combe himself participated at their meeting, his testimony tells exactly point by point this meeting as from his point of observation, which was excellent according to him, this was what he saw and heard in the patient’s room, 2 Capuchin Fathers and a Religious were also present as Aniceta, Conchita’s mother, so 6 Persons in total + Luigina, it would be infounded to question the testimony of this Great Priest, even if Father Combe was himself a promoter of Garabandal, why the Priest would have to lie, this has never been the way to do even from a Promoter of Garabandal, let alone a devoted Priest as was Father Combe all his life, the details of this meeting are also very accurate.

3. Luigina explained that through Professor Enrico Medi at San Giovanni, she had been given a message for Conchita from Padre Pio. For our information, we must remember that Professor Medi was also known to be very close to Padre Pio and considered as one of his spiritual sons, Professor Enrico Medi had been elected to Parliament and a prosperous and successful career in politics lay ahead for him. However, in the political world, Medi felt that it was impossible to always tell the truth. Occasionally, one had to tell a lie. He expressed his opinion but Padre Pio saw no room for compromise and strongly disagreed with Enrico. “Well then, if it is wrong to tell even small lies, I must resign from my position as a member of Parliament,” Professor Medi said. Padre Pio was very happy about his decision, so they were very close each other for years.

This message in question had been dictated to Father Pellegrino by Padre Pio at San Giovanni Rotondo before his death according to Father Combe, Father Pellegrino was one who personnaly watched over Padre Pio, he was also in Padre Pio’s room during the night in which he « died » so as Professor Medi, Father Pellegrino was very close to the futur Saint.

4. According to Father Combe, there were 2 envelopes, on the 1st was written « through Father Pellegrino to Professor Medi » and inside a 2nd envelope « to be sent to Conchita through Gina » (Luigina short name), from this second envelope Luigina took out a sheet on which was handwritten a message in italian of 5 or 6 lines that she handed publicly to Conchita, this message has been photographed by one of the Capuchin Priest who was present as well.

5. This photograped message (attached) is our 1st Proof and as Father Combe said, it would be relatively easy for the Sacred Congregation to have the exact text of the message.

6.The message (already known by Garabandalists) is dated August 22, 1968, 1 month before the death of Padre Pio on Sept 23, 1968, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1944 to be celebrated on 22 August coinciding with the traditional octave day of the Assumption.

7. The translation of the message from Italian to English :

For Conchita

I pray the most Blessed Virgin to comfort her and to guide her towards sanctity, I Bless her with all my Heart.

Fr. Pellegrino (signed by)

The header of the message indicates the address of the Convent :

 

Convent of the Capuchins

Maria delle Grazie

71013 San Giovanni Rotondo

After verification, the exact address of Padre’s Pio Convent, this is our 2nd Proof which authenticate the Sender (Convent of the Capuchins)

8. To authenticate her mission, Luigina asked the religious to locate another, bigger briefcase. She took from this, several « relics » of Padre Pio, so according to Father Combe, Luigina was on mission, the « relics » that she took from the briefcase are even named by the Priest and there are four :

  • The Corporal from Padre Pio’s last Mass, the Corporal is a square white linen cloth upon which the chalice and paten and also the ciborium are placed during the celebration of the Eucharist
  • A handkerchief which was used to dry his eyes
  • A dressing from his famous wounds
  • The Veil which covered the face of Padre Pio after his death, Father Combe giving even the measure of this Viel (approx. 20X27 inches)
  • These 4 relics of Padre Pio given to Conchita by Luigina are our 3rd proof because we do not give that kind of relics to anyone, knowing that at the time, Padre Pio was already regarded by many as a Saint.
  • The Priest can not invent the name of each relics since the details are very precise, it is also relics of a futur Saint, no one can believe that a Priest could invent such details so precise as the relics does not belong to anyone but to a futur Saint, let alone for those who knew Father Combe, a lie or whatever here are impossible.
  • 9.  At the end of the meeting, Luigina asked that she be allowed to speak to Conchita alone for  a few minutes, according to Father Combe, the ill woman appeared perfectly rational with complete confidence in the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 10. But why this confidence to the Virgin Mary and who is this Miss Luigina ? that was my question and the main goal of my investigation.

 

  • Who is Miss Luigina ?
  • She met Conchita in October 17, 1968, the main seer of a supposed Apparitions of our Lady in Garabandal Spain ? Apparitions still not approved by the Church to date and she would offer to this supposed seer some relics of a Futur Saint, Padre Pio himself ? so during my investigation, I said to myself if something is wrong, I will find what’s wrong, so I wanted to know who was really this Miss Luigina of Rome who came to Lourdes with a piligrims group from Naples and carried a personal message from a futur Saint, Padre Pio himself who would have written for Conchita before his death a message of few lines, below the result of my investigation with facts :

According to my information, Miss Luigina was only Luigina Sinapi, an Italian Mystic, declared Servant of God by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on March 26, 2004, known also to have had an intense friendship and spiritual with Pope Pius XII and Padre Pio, as we know Servant of God is the title given to a deceased person of the Catholic Church whose life and works are being investigated in consideration for official recognition by the Pope and the Catholic Church as a saint in Heaven, Receiving the title Servant of God is the first of the four steps in the Canonization Process, her life in brief below.

 

Servant of God Luigina Sinapi, Mystic (1916-1978)

Was born on the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was miraculously cured on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Early Life

Luigina Sinapi was born September 8, 1916 at Itri (Latina), Italy. She was the eldest of five children of Francis Paul Sinapi, a cabinet maker, and Filomena Catena, a licensed midwife. She was born together with a twin girl, who tragically died the same day. Her parents feared they might lose Luigina also, and therefore her birth was registered only two days later. She was baptized with the name of Luigia, but her family and friends always called her Luigina or simply just Gina.

“Beginning in her early childhood, Luigina felt a strong love for Jesus that manifested itself in a desire to live in intimate union with Him, to which she felt herself particularly attracted” writes Cardinal Vallini. Her mother was a pious Catholic, and on one occasion she went to San Giovanni Rotondo to recommend her husband and her daughter to Padre Pio. The good Padre said to her mother: “You have one child in Heaven [referring to Luigina’s twin sister who died at childbirth] and the Lord has great designs on the other who is here on earth”. This was confirmed by Fr. Tarcisio, OFM. Cap. (Zurlo) from Cervinara, the sacristan who was the assistant to Padre Pio.

In 1922 at age 6 she started elementary school, and at age eight she received Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion and also the Sacrament of Confirmation, as was the custom at that time. From that day she never neglected to receive the Eucharist, and if she was sometimes prevented to receive it for I serious reasons she cried, and to whomever derided her she said; “If I don’t receive Jesus in my heart, I don’t live.”

She was “lively and impulsive”, remembered one of her younger brothers, as she had the habit of reading to them a passage from the Gospel while their mother was out working, “she would even comment on it”, her brother stated. Concerning herself she said with a slight smile “I was always a terrible child.”, but others who knew her all recall her being a very good girl.

At 16 years old, Luigina was fascinated by the ideal of the Daughter of St Paul ‘to spread the Gospel by the most modern means of communications’, so overcoming the resistance of her parents she entered the institute the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul in Rome. Unfortunately she was obliged to leave the institute because of her delicate health. She was comforted by her spiritual director, Blessed Father Guiseppe Timoteo Giaccardo, who exhorted her to offer her life for souls, and to remain in the Pauline family as a laywoman.

Her miraculous cure on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15

Some particularly extraordinary events marked her life. When she was 17 her mother died suddenly, and she took over the care of her younger brothers. It was not long after that she began experiencing extreme pain in her stomach and she was soon diagnosed with a tumour on the bottom part of the right intestine. The physician could not operate as he believed she would not survive the operation. As the days passed she grew more and more ill and her pain and suffering became more and more acute.

On August 15, 1933, she and others believed that her last day had arrived. Luigina asked her grandmother to dress her and prepare her for the great passage from earth to heaven, and with much devotion she received the Sacrament of the Sick. She was already in what seemed to be her last agony when suddenly Jesus appeared close to her bed and smiled at her. In her simple childlike confidence and love which from her earliest years she had always addressed Jesus in her prayers Luigina looked at Jesus and said to Him in a loving reproach: “You have not shown Yourself to me for two long years and now that I am dying, you come?”

Then smiling Jesus replied to her: “I have come to give you a beautiful gift. Look!” and He looked towards the other side of the bed where to her great surprise Luigina saw a most beautiful woman sweetly smiling at her. Luigina, believing that it was her own mother who had come with Jesus to take her, exclaimed: “Oh! you have become so beautiful in Heaven, mother? So much so I don’t recognize you!”

But then Jesus said to her: “Look at little closer!”

Luigina then realized that the beautiful woman was the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus asked her: “We have come to make you a proposal. You are free to choose. Do you want to die and to ascend into paradise, or would you be willing to offer yourself as a victim for the Church and for Priests? “.

As in a very fast film, the Servant of God saw then the situation of the Church and so many priests and religious who were living in danger of losing their souls. She then decided to stay and offer her future life to Jesus, “accepting the hidden sacrifice of victim for the Church, and for priests.”

Jesus tells her that she is not to become a nun, but to remain as a lay person in the world. He tells her that she will often be misunderstood, and that she will suffer much, and that she will die alone. He told her she is to be like a violet, hidden but always perfumed. Jesus then presented His Mother to her, to be her special advocate, guide and comfort. “From this point on, the Madonna entered into the life of Luigina by special right”, commented Fr. Tarcisio. When Jesus finished speaking, her guardian Angel Samuel took her by the hand, and suddenly she found herself completely healed.

After her miraculous cure, the Blessed Virgin Mary would appear to her on First Saturdays and other special Feast days of the Church.

From that day, she was always faithful to the simple program which she had clearly felt inside herself: to be a simple lay person living her intense spiritual life mostly hidden from the eyes of the world; to suffer much, and be “a little mustard seed in a furrow in Rome”.

In 1934 the family home was lost and the family dismembered, her little brothers were taken by relatives or sent to boarding school while Luigina went to Rome to live with an aunt, working at home, then at the Post Office, and then in the Bureau of Statistics.

Luigina is linked to the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bruno Cornacchiola at Tre Fontane

On April 12, 1937, as President of the Daughters of Mary she had taken a pilgrimage to Tre Fontane, where St. Paul had suffered martyrdom. One woman who travelled with her (and later chose to enter religious life and became Sister Lidia) remembers:  “You saw that she [Luigina] would pray fervently, but seemingly without much effort. I only now understand what was happening at that time: she was a person of an intense interior life, one who is continuously in relationship with God, very balanced, simple, and very amiable…these people often do not distinguish themselves in any thing, however they distinguish themselves in this.”

While she was walking in a grotto near a grove of eucalyptus trees, Luigina saw something that deeply aroused her piety: she found some small bones that would seem human, and she realized they were likely the gruesome remains of an abortion. Saying a prayer or mercy and forgiveness she dug a little and buried a Miraculous medal together with the little bones.

Suddenly in a great light before her she saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, Who said to her:

“I will return to this place of sin and I will convert and make use of a man who combats the Church, and who will desire to kill the Pope. Go to St. Peter’s Square and there you will find a lady dressed in black, who will take you to her brother who is a cardinal. To him you will transmit what I have just told you, and you are to tell him also that soon he will become Pope”.

Luigina did as told; she went to St Peters square and came upon the woman dressed in black—it was the Marquise Pacelli, who introduced her to Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli. Luigina confided to him the message that she had for him, who answered only: “If they are roses they will bloom “. Two years later he was elected Pope with the name of Pius XII.

In 1947, exactly ten years later and in the same place which The Virgin appeared to Luigina – where there is now the Sanctuary of “Blessed Mary of the Third Millennium at the Tre fontane” – the Virgin had then appeared to a certain Bruno Cornacchiola with his children to tell him: “Enough! Re-enter into the true sheepfold of Christ… my Body could not decay and it did not decay … “.  Bruno was a protestant tram driver, a former soldier in Spain, and deeply hostile to the Catholic Church. It was just in the days prior to the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing to him that he had decided to assassinate the Pope. But now he began a most extraordinary conversion which shocked and stunned many in the Catholic church in Rome.

For his part, Pope Pius XII didn’t hesitate at all and immediately believed in the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bruno Cornacchiola at Tre Fontane since he was already aware of it for years through the message of Luigina Sinapi. Six months later, October 5, 1947, in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Pius XII blessed the statue of the ‘Virgin of Revelation” of actual human height, brought to Tre Fontane in solemn procession. Bruno Cornacchiola himself was received subsequently in audience by the Pontiff so that he could consign to him the dagger with which he intended to kill him. When the Pope was asked about all this, Fr. Gabrio Lombardi stated that the Pope had simply replied: “I already knew”.

Padre Pio appears to Luigina in Bilocation

In 1950, Luigina was given the grace to see Padre Pio. She had been making visits to the Four Major Basilicas in Rome when she repeatedly saw in front of herself a Franciscan Capuchin, but always from the back. She sensed however that there was something special about him. At the end of the pilgrimage this Capuchin appeared again and suddenly he turned towards her and it was Padre Pio; but in: bilocation!

The strong spiritual bonds between Padre Pio and Luigina have come to be known from the testimony of Fr. Tarcisio in a written statement he gave on April 17, 1982. Once Luigina felt the need to ask counsel of the holy Capuchin regarding the appearances of the Madonna to her; he attentively listened to Luigina and then he encouraged her: “When the Madonna comes, kiss her feet for me”.

In 1953, Luigina was unjustly accused theft at the shop where she was employed and she lost her job and lodging. Under accusation, abandoned by everyone, and not knowing what to do she went to San Giovanni Rotondo to see Padre Pio.  Fr. Tarcisio perfectly remembers this occasion, that when he saw before himself this woman who he never saw before, he wondered to himself how it was that she was greeted as “an old friend” of Padre Pio, not realizing at that time the spiritual and mystical bond between the two. He (Padre Pio) gave her a banknote of five lire and also he gave her a closed envelope for a police officer friend who lived in her town: it contained the name of the guilty party. While afterwards she was recognized as being completely innocent, for Luigina it was a period of great sadness and mortifications.

For about twenty-five years she had to live on other people’s hospitality, in exchange for her company and her domestic help, and through this she had to bear a number of bitter crosses. A friend that welcomed her in Statute Street, Maddalena Tizian, was witness to some of Luigina supernatural manifestations, to which she personally didn’t want to easily accept as being authentic: “I was really the first one to fight her, to not want to believe her, and this made her suffer greatly”, she said. And she once said to Luigina that for many people she (Luigina) “was a question mark”.

On May 13, 1953, while she was a guest in the house of a member of the Sistine Chapel Choir, Luigina met Fr. Raffaele Preite O.S.M., who recommended to her the maximum prudence in divulging her presumed supernatural experiences. He encouraged her rather to write them down. Thus began with that the understanding that he was to be for twenty five (25) years her spiritual director, to whom she referenced with these words: ”For so many years I have begged the Lord if He wished to grant me a true spiritual guide and finally he granted it to me, when by now I didn’t count on it anymore. After having obtained him I made a novena of thanksgiving. I compare myself to an unbridled horse in its gallop, untamed at the bridle. ). I place myself before the judgment of my spiritual father, who I feel to be very close to the Holy Spirit, that he know me well and reveal to me all of my faults. From now on I want to renounce my will in everything. Through him Jesus will trace the way”

A religious sister that served as her nurse, Sister Gerardina Sanita, remembered that Luigina, ” … asked permission for everything from her spiritual director, who she used to teasingly call “Bear”, because he was always seemingly severe with her”. Truly because she distrusted herself, she continually sought the advice and the guidance of the priest, to whom she always placed herself entirely. Many can testify that, whatever person came to her, Luigina always sent them first to her spiritual director or the priests whom she knew, and whatever decision she would make, she always passed it through their counsel in obedience to them. In the later years of her life, Luigina Sinapi was given the great privilege of having Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist present in the small Chapel inside her home on Urbino Street, where it was possible to celebrate daily and Sunday Mass. Her modest home became thus always more, the “center of fervid spirituality up until her death”, as afterwards stated Fr. Cammarota. The authorization to have the Blessed Sacrament in her home – which was always renewed by the Vicariate of Rome—was due to Monsignor Pietro Bianchi, who had a deep respect and admiration for the piety and devotion of Luigina. In 1970, after having lost her secretary job, Luigina continued her true work with even more fervor—she called it an “apostolate of consolation”. People came to her and she deeply interested herself in other people’s problems, giving and helping in every way she could, without ever asking anything in return. She had little, but her home was always open to all, without time limits she kept company with those who were suffering, and listed to their heartaches, and gave encouragement, and offering advice when necessary. Her holy death Concerning Luigina, Cardinal Vallini states (in part): “In her autobiographical slogan ‘A mustard seed in a furrow in Rome’, we see a clear image of the style of the life of the Servant of God: to suffer and to offer her life, in union with the sacrifice of Christ. In the spirit of the Gospel, she wanted to consider herself a small mustard seed left to fall in a furrow for the Church. Luigina, a daughter of the Church, was in service to the Church in so many ways and circumstances, with prayer, counsel, discernment, teaching, material and spiritual help, offering herself as a victim. Truly her spirituality can be synthesized in the expression “to suffer and to offer”. Luigina Sinapi died a holy death at Rome, April 17, 1978, a voluntary victim of the merciful love of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, in a holocaust for the Church and the world”. Her attending medical doctor, Dr. Mark Grassi testified that the last days were of great suffering for Luigina. Yet she was very peaceful, loving and happy. On one occasion, smiling she was overheard murmuring, “I am waiting!” At the moment she died she was completely alone, just as Jesus had foretold her many years earlier. She was found with her face toward the tabernacle. The funeral was celebrated in the Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem in Rome, and she is buried in the cemetery Verano in Rome. Servant of God Luigina Sinapi, pray for us!

http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2015/03/luigina-sinapi-italian-mystic.html

My Comment : So Luigina Sinapi was born September 8, 1916, Italy, baptized with the name of Luigia but her family and friends always call her Luigina or simply just Gina, this is our 4th Proof, it is the identity of the person who met Conchita in Lourdes on October 17, 1968 because many details correspond to her, as below :

 

    1. Her mother was a pious Catholic, and on one occasion she went to San Giovanni Rotondo to recommend her husband and her daughter to Padre Pio. The good Padre said to her mother: “You have one child in Heaven [referring to Luigina’s twin sister who died at childbirth] and the Lord has great designs on the other who is here on earth”                   note : 1st Contact with Padre Pio via her Mother 

2. At 16 years old, Luigina was fascinated by the ideal of the Daughter of St Paul ‘to spread the Gospel by the most modern means of communications’, so overcoming the resistance of her parents she entered the institute the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul in Rome. Unfortunately she was obliged to leave the institute because of her delicate health. She was comforted by her spiritual director, Blessed Father Guiseppe Timoteo Giaccardo, who exhorted her to offer her life for souls, and to remain in the Pauline family as a laywoman. note : Delicate health 

3. Some particularly extraordinary events marked her life. When she was 17 her mother died suddenly, and she took over the care of her younger brothers. It was not long after that she began experiencing extreme pain in her stomach and she was soon diagnosed with a tumour on the bottom part of the right intestine. The physician could not operate as he believed she would not survive the operation. As the days passed she grew more and more ill and her pain and suffering became more and more acute. note : Extreme pain in her stomach, Tumour of the right intestine

4. On August 15, 1933, she and others believed that her last day had arrived. Luigina asked her grandmother to dress her and prepare her for the great passage from earth to heaven, and with much devotion she received the Sacrament of the Sick. She was already in what seemed to be her last agony when suddenly Jesus appeared close to her bed and smiled at her. In her simple childlike confidence and love which from her earliest years she had always addressed Jesus in her prayers Luigina looked at Jesus and said to Him in a loving reproach: “You have not shown Yourself to me for two long years and now that I am dying, you come? Then smiling Jesus replied to her: “I have come to give you a beautiful gift. Look!” and He looked towards the other side of the bed where to her great surprise Luigina saw a most beautiful woman sweetly smiling at her. Luigina, believing that it was her own mother who had come with Jesus to take her, exclaimed: “Oh! you have become so beautiful in Heaven, mother? So much so I don’t recognize you!”  note : 1st Vision of Jesus

5. Luigina then realized that the beautiful woman was the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus asked her: “We have come to make you a proposal. You are free to choose. Do you want to die and to ascend into paradise, or would you be willing to offer yourself as a victim for the Church and for Priests? »  note : 1st Vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary

6. After her miraculous cure, the Blessed Virgin Mary would appear to her on First Saturdays and other special Feast days of the Church.  note : Miraculous Cure on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15

7. In 1934 the family home was lost and the family dismembered, her little brothers were taken by relatives or sent to boarding school while Luigina went to Rome to live with an aunt, working at home, then at the Post Office, and then in the Bureau of Statistics . 

note : Departure for Rome

 

Luigina is linked to the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bruno Cornacchiola at Tre Fontane

On April 12, 1937, as President of the Daughters of Mary she had taken a pilgrimage to Tre Fontane, where St. Paul had suffered martyrdom. One woman who travelled with her (and later chose to enter religious life and became Sister Lidia) remembers:  “You saw that she [Luigina] would pray fervently, but seemingly without much effort. I only now understand what was happening at that time: she was a person of an intense interior life, one who is continuously in relationship with God, very balanced, simple, and very amiable…these people often do not distinguish themselves in any thing, however they distinguish themselves in this.”

While she was walking in a grotto near a grove of eucalyptus trees, Luigina saw something that deeply aroused her piety: she found some small bones that would seem human, and she realized they were likely the gruesome remains of an abortion. Saying a prayer or mercy and forgiveness she dug a little and buried a Miraculous medal together with the little bones.

Suddenly in a great light before her she saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, Who said to her:

“I will return to this place of sin and I will convert and make use of a man who combats the Church, and who will desire to kill the Pope. Go to St. Peter’s Square and there you will find a lady dressed in black, who will take you to her brother who is a cardinal. To him you will transmit what I have just told you, and you are to tell him also that soon he will become Pope”.

Luigina did as told; she went to St Peters square and came upon the woman dressed in black—it was the Marquise Pacelli, who introduced her to Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli. Luigina confided to him the message that she had for him, who answered only: “If they are roses they will bloom “. Two years later he was elected Pope with the name of Pius XII.

note : 1st Contact with Eugenio Pacelli, futur Pope Pius XII

8. In 1947, exactly ten years later and in the same place which The Virgin appeared to Luigina – where there is now the Sanctuary of “Blessed Mary of the Third Millennium at the Tre fontane” – the Virgin had then appeared to a certain Bruno Cornacchiola with his children to tell him: “Enough! Re-enter into the true sheepfold of Christ… my Body could not decay and it did not decay … “.   See more : https://garabandalnews.org/2015/10/31/i-am-the-virgin-of-the-revelation/ 

note : 10 years later to the day (12 April 1937 – 12 April 1947), the Prophecy of our Lady to Luigina is fulfilled, this is our 5th Proof confirming that Luigina had actually seen the Virgin Mary and can be regarded also as a Seer herself

9. For his part, Pope Pius XII didn’t hesitate at all and immediately believed in the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bruno Cornacchiola at Tre Fontane since he was already aware of it for years through the message of Luigina Sinapi. Six months later, October 5, 1947, in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Pius XII blessed the statue of the ‘Virgin of Revelation” of actual human height, brought to Tre Fontane in solemn procession.  

note : Pope Pius XII beleived in the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Tre Fontane as he was already aware of it through Luigina, confirming the close relationship between the Pope and Luigina

10. Padre Pio appears to Luigina in Bilocation In 1950, Luigina was given the grace to see Padre Pio. She had been making visits to the Four Major Basilicas in Rome when she repeatedly saw in front of herself a Franciscan Capuchin, but always from the back. She sensed however that there was something special about him. At the end of the pilgrimage this Capuchin appeared again and suddenly he turned towards her and it was Padre Pio; but in: bilocation!

note : 1950 : First Contact with Padre Pio but in bilocation only

11. The strong spiritual bonds between Padre Pio and Luigina have come to be known from the testimony of Fr. Tarcisio in a written statement he gave on April 17, 1982. Once Luigina felt the need to ask counsel of the holy Capuchin regarding the appearances of the Madonna to her; he attentively listened to Luigina and then he encouraged her: “When the Madonna comes, kiss her feet for me”.  

note : Strong spiritual bonds between Padre Pio and Luigina, Padre Pio beleived in Luigina’s visions of the Virgin Mary

12. In 1953, Luigina was unjustly accused theft at the shop where she was employed and she lost her job and lodging. Under accusation, abandoned by everyone, and not knowing what to do she went to San Giovanni Rotondo to see Padre Pio.  Fr. Tarcisio perfectly remembers this occasion, that when he saw before himself this woman who he never saw before, he wondered to himself how it was that she was greeted as “an old friend” of Padre Pio, not realizing at that time the spiritual and mystical bond between the two. He (Padre Pio) gave her a banknote of five lire and also he gave her a closed envelope for a police officer friend who lived in her town: it contained the name of the guilty party. While afterwards she was recognized as being completely innocent, for Luigina it was a period of great sadness and mortifications.

Note : 1953 : Greeted as « an old friend » by Padre Pio

13. Her holy death : Concerning Luigina, Cardinal Vallini states (in part): “In her autobiographical slogan ‘A mustard seed in a furrow in Rome’, we see a clear image of the style of the life of the Servant of God: to suffer and to offer her life, in union with the sacrifice of Christ. In the spirit of the Gospel, she wanted to consider herself a small mustard seed left to fall in a furrow for the Church. Luigina, a daughter of the Church, was in service to the Church in so many ways and circumstances, with prayer, counsel, discernment, teaching, material and spiritual help, offering herself as a victim. Truly her spirituality can be synthesized in the expression “to suffer and to offer”. Luigina Sinapi died a holy death at Rome, April 17, 1978, a voluntary victim of the merciful love of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, in a holocaust for the Church and the world”. Her attending medical doctor, Dr. Mark Grassi testified that the last days were of great suffering for Luigina. Yet she was very peaceful, loving and happy. On one occasion, smiling she was overheard murmuring, “I am waiting!” At the moment she died she was completely alone, just as Jesus had foretold her many years earlier. She was found with her face toward the tabernacle. The funeral was celebrated in the Basilica of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem in Rome, and she is buried in the cemetery Verano in Rome (attached picture).

note : At the moment she died, Luigina was completely alone just as Jesus had foretold her and was found with her face toward the Tabernacle

14. More about the relations between Luigina Sinapi, Pope Pius XII and Saint Pio below :

http://servidimaria.net/sitoosm/en/spiritualita/agiografia/servi_di_dio/sinapi/index.htm

15. Attached a document confirming also her name as the person sent to Lourdes with a message from Padre Pio for Conchita, this is our 6th and last Proof. 

Garabandal and Luigina Sinapi

Conclusion : So it was therefore Luigina Sinapi (attached the picture of her grave), a futur Servant of God, considered by many as one of the main spiritual daughter of Saint Pio and close to Pope Pius XII which via Professor Medi, was chosen by the futur Saint himself to hand deliver a personnal message with few relics (nothing else) to the main seer of an unapproved Marian Apparition but 6 undeniable Proofs for a village called San Sebastian de Garabandal are in my opinion nothing, as you know I was converted there myself but today I lay at the feet of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this article from a poor sinner, to thank her again. A several-months investigation to finally know who was Miss Luigina, sent to Lourdes in October 1968 by Providence and having with her a written message from one of the greatest Saint of the Catholic Church of the last century, this investigation will of course never replace the Church’s authority regarding Garabandal but no one of good will, will be able to question the Relations between Saint Pio and Garabandal anymore, I of course said no one of good will only, so thank you again Luigina.

I dedicate this article to Father Combe.

 

Luigina Sinapi 16-06-13 cmentarz (2)

 

Servant of God, Luigina Sinapi, Pray for us.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Garabandal, Padre Pio and the Servant of God

  1. Hi my old friend. Can you tell us more about Bruno. I understand he had further prophesy, but I cannot find it in English. Can you help?

  2. Pingback: Garabandal, Padre Pio and the Servant of God Luigina Sinapi, Mystic (1916-1978) | WHAT IS GARABANDAL?

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