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They bore the marks of Jesus in their flesh!


Below is a video (You Tube) of one Christian, who has the stigmata. Stigmata, "From the Greek, meaning 'marks,' this refers in Church use to the wounds, scars, or skin abrasions that appear on the flesh of individuals. They correspond to the wounds suffered by Christ in the crucifixion. Stigmata are accompanied by pain" (The Catholic Encyclopedia). 

There are Biblical references that have to do with this phenomenon. It has been my experience that these references are often ignored by non-Catholics. If they are brought up at all, it is not to explain these verses, but to explain them away. The Apostle Paul said that he must complete the sufferings of Christ;

"Now I REJOICE IN MY SUFFERINGS FOR YOUR SAKE, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church" (Col 2:24). 

Some traditions say there is no reason for suffering because, Jesus did it all and we do nothing. And yet Paul claims that he is rejoicing in his suffering for the sake of others. Paul also said,

"From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body" (Gal 6:17). Therefore, that I might not become too elated, A THORN IN THE FLESH WAS GIVEN TO ME, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor 12:7-9).  

There are those who, in following their tradition, will say that the thorn is in Paul’s spirit, not his flesh; however, the Apostle Paul references “A thorn in the flesh.” 

In order to take up our cross and follow the Lord daily, we must accept our sufferings in whatever way that they come. Next to suffering is joy and resurrection and so there is a time when our cross ends.  Jesus said to the criminal on the cross on His right; "This day you will be with me in paradise." When the criminal died on the cross, he was not in any way taking away from Jesus’ cross, but taking up his own cross.   

Easy Christianity says Jesus did it once and for all; therefore there is nothing for us to do.  We have no cross. However, Biblical Christianity says Jesus did it once and for all and now it’s our turn. We have a cross to take up as well.

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23).   

Yes, Jesus completed His once and for all sacrifice when He said, "It is finished."   And now it is our turn.  

There are some traditions that refuse to believe that anyone can have the wounds of Christ, and other miracles because they believe that this is God’s arena alone. They believe that “The time of miracles are over.”  However, it was Jesus who said, “I tell you most solemnly; whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works because I am going to the Father” (Jn 14:12).  Please note that Jesus has gone to the Father and His works are still happening and we are very much a part of them. 

"A THORN IN THE FLESH WAS GIVEN TO ME, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated."

Click on the address below to see actual video footage (You Tube) of one Christian, alive today, who has the stigmata. Click on the address below: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0XH7vPGDBI&feature=share

The most famous saint in the history of the Church who had the stigmata.
Padre Pio, Pray, Hope and don't Worry:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUPIa9FW8kk

Padre Pio, More Than the Saint of Stigmas:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaQ8_N0O5jk&feature=share

Also, True Miracles of Padre Pio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izu5uR9FQTQ&feature=share