At the peak of the ruins of an ancient baronial castle, one finds the small “Tower Room of Padre Pio” (la Torretta) – It’s a little room that’s built upon rock, and the only way to get to it is by way of a steep climb. This tiny space is where Padre Pio spent time, during the difficult years between 1909 and 1912, when his illness kept him away from the convent.
According to the rules of the Order of the Capuchin Friars, if a friar had to live outside of the convent for a long period of time, they were not allowed – for any reason – to stay with their family. This is why Padre Pio’s parents rented this small space in the tower.
During this time period, Padre Pio began to write many letters to his spiritual directors, Padre Benedetto Nardella and Padre Agostino Daniele. By reading his letters, one finds that in that place, far from friends and family, Padre Pio was consoled by the presence of Mary, Jesus, his Guardian Angel, and Saint Francis
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