My very dear Father,
On Friday morning while I was still in bed, Jesus appeared to me. He was in a sorry state and quite disfigured. He showed me a great multitude of priests, regular and secular, among whom were several high ecclesiastical dignitaries. Some were celebrating Mass, while others were vesting or taking off the sacred vestments.
The sight of Jesus in distress was very painful to me, so I asked Him why He was suffering so much. There was no reply, but His gaze turned on those priests. Shortly afterwards, as if terrified and weary of looking at them, He withdrew His gaze. Then He raised His eyes and looked at me and to my great horror I observed two tears coursing down His cheeks. He drew back from that crowd of priests with an expression of great disgust on His Face and cried out: “BUTCHERS!” Then turning to me He said: “My son, do not think that My agony lasted three hours. No, on account of the souls who have received most from me, I shall be in agony until the end of the world. During my agony, my son, nobody should sleep. My soul goes in search of a drop of human compassion but alas, I am left alone beneath the weight of indifference. The ingratitude and the sleep of my ministers makes my agony all the more grievous.
“Alias, how little they correspond to my love! What afflicts me most is that they add contempt and unbelief to their indifference. Many times I have been on the point of annihilating them, had I not been held back by the Angels and by souls who are filled with love for me. Write to your (spiritual) father and tell him what you have seen and heard from me this morning. Tell him to show your letter to Father Provincial…”
These words were taken from the book entitled: “Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Letters 1” , letter number 124.