|Translation: "Don't make me holy, you won't like me when I'm holy".|
|Stigmata visible on the hand of Padre Pio (now a saint)|
What are Catholics supposed to believe when it concerns this phenomena?
The Church certainly does not discourage personal devotion to saints and their mystical unions. The Church also doesn't hold that we have to believe such things either. We may be foolish not to but we are not required. It won't be on the test.
Padre Pio's stigmata may be scary to some and the term "stigmata" be more associated with schlocky movies than saintliness.
|Stigmata the movie: Later she got married and became a Medium. So it's all good.|
|Hulk: Scary and Good. Abomination: Scary and Bad. Guess who wins? Ever hear of a comic called "The Incredible Abomination?" No. You haven't.|
|The "Jesus Toaster" makes a daily apparition on your daily bread!|