When Padre Pio was still young, his mother taught him how to “repair” the damage caused by blasphemy.
When he was still a child, Francesco Forgione – the future Padre Pio – associated with young people who were accustomed to using foul language, swearing and cursing. At first, little Francesco’s reaction was to run away so as not to hear such sentences which saddened him deeply. Indeed, from his childhood, he had great faith and a deep love for the Lord and at 5 years old, he already had a religious vocation and the desire to devote himself to God. In the book The True Story , C. Bernard Ruffin writes:
“Every time another boy swore or cursed, Franci would run away. His friend Luigi Orlando describes him as “a boy like any other” and remembers that once, while the two were wrestling, Luigi let “a strong expression” escape his lips, whereupon Franci, who had tackled him to the ground, jumped up and ran away.
“Blessed be God”