Spiritual Warfare Forum: stigmata

stigmata QUESTION from mary braun January 14, 2001 My 23 year old son recently watched the movie, Stigmata and wants me to watch it to give him my opinion of it. I am only vaguely aware of it but am afraid to watch it. I think the person in the movie who gets the stigmata acts like they are possessed, not blessed. Is this Hollywood version pure fabrication for entertainment or could the devil give the stigmata wounds to someone in mockery of the true wounds of Christ? Does satan have that power? I have mailed my son information about Padre Pio and some of the saints who had the stigmata and also recommended he read Matthew 7:15-16. Thank you for your reply.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, O.L.S.M. on March 12, 2001 Dear Mrs. Braun:
The movie Stigmata is a bunch of...., well, it is not of God.
Yes, it is possible for the devil to mimick alleged miracles. But they are tricks, not real miracles. Stigmata is actually rather easy to counterfeit. Any good illusionist (magician) can counterfeit this phenomena in a heartbeat.
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