It should be noted that in several warnings from the Holy Office, it is forbidden to write books about Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. However, his own writings are not forbidden by the Holy Office. 1
What follows below is compiled from two resources. The first was circulated widely in the very early 1970’s. The balance appears on the internet. These do overlap, but give a good summary of the Three Days of Darkness.
The Three Days of Darkness
Predictions by Padre Pio
These are the words of Our Lord spoken to a Capuchin priest, Father Pio, who has borne the stigmata for over fifty years. 2
How unconcerned men are concerning these things which shall come upon them, contrary to all expectations. How indifferent they are in preparing themselves for these unheard of events through which they will soon have to pass. Prayers, prayers and again prayers I desire of you. When the Angel of Death with the avenging sword of justice shall begin to mow down, and Hell in uproar and rage shall cast itself upon the just to destroy you with their frightening terrors, then it is your faith and confidence in Me must be firm as a rock. I will protect you. I will give you a warning which will indicate the beginning of My threatening judgment.
One cold winter night this catastrophe shall come upon the earth like a flash of lightning — at which moment the light of the morning sun shall be replaced by black darkness. No one shall leave the house or look out of a window. From that moment I Myself shall appear midst thunder and lightning…The wicked shall behold My Divine Heart. There shall be great confusion because of this utter darkness in which the entire world shall be enveloped and many, many shall die from fear and despair. Those who shall fight for My cause shall receive grace from My Divine Heart. The cry, ‘Who is like unto God’ shall serve as a means of protection to many. Many, however, shall burn in the open fields like grass. The godless shall be annihilated so that afterwards the just shall be able to start afresh. On that day, as soon as complete darkness has set in, no one shall leave the house or look out the window. Talk to no one outside the house. Those who disregard this advice will be killed instantly. The darkness shall last a day and a night, followed by another day and night and yet another day, but on the following night the stars shall shine again, and on the next morning the sun shall rise again.
Then shall My elect not sleep as did the disciples in the Garden of Olives. They shall pray incessantly, and they shall not be disappointed in Me. I shall gather My elect…Hell will believe itself in possession of the entire earth, but I shall reclaim it. Do you perhaps think that I would permit My Father to have such terrible chastisement come upon the world if it would turn from iniquity to justice? But because of My love, these, afflictions shall be permitted to come upon men, and although many shall curse, yet thousands of souls shall be saved through them. No human understanding can fathom the depth of My love. Pray, pray, I desire prayers.
My love for men is very great, especially for those who give themselves entirely to Me. Pray and make reparation to Me. Admonish others to do the same, because they have not heeded My graces. Persevere so that your adversary shall have no dominion over you. Tell them to be prepared at all times, for My judgment shall come upon them suddenly, and when least expected, and no one shall escape My hands. I shall find them all. I shall protect the just. Watch the sun and the stars of the heavens; when they appear to be unduly disturbed and restless, know that the day is not far off. Stay united in prayer and watching until the Angel of destruction has passed your doors. Pray that these days will be shortened. Wickedness has reached its climax and the punishment can no longer be delayed. Tell all men that the time has come in which these things shall be fulfilled.
Pray, make reparation, be fervent, practice mortification. Great things are at stake…I or your adversary, the devil. The measure of sin is filled…The day of revenge with its terrifying happenings is near, nearer that you imagine. As the world is sleeping in false security, the Divine judgment shall strike them like a thunderbolt. The godless and wicked people shall be destroyed without mercy. Keep your windows covered. Do not look out. Light a blessed candle, one of which will suffice for the day. Pray the rosary, read spiritual books and make acts of spiritual communion. Also acts of love which are so pleasing to Me. Pray with outstretched arms or prostrate on the floor, in order that many souls will be saved. Do not go outside the house. Provide yourself with sufficient food. The powers of nature shall be moved and a rain of fire shall make people tremble for fear. Have courage, I am In the midst of you. Take care of the animals during these days. I shall give you a few signs beforehand at which time place some food before them. I will preserve the property of the elect, which includes the animals. For the just shall be in need of sustenance afterwards as well. Let no one go across the yard to feed the animals. He who steps outside shall perish. Cover your windows carefully. My elect shall not see My wrath. Have confidence in Me…I will protect you. Your confidence honors Me and obliges Me to come to your aid. My dear Mother Mary, St. Elizabeth, St. Conrad, St. Peter, the Little Flower, St. Therese, and your Holy angels shall be your intercessors…implore their aid. Be courageous soldiers of Christ.
Over 70 seers of great sanctity and veracity have foretold this Divine punishment, which is often called the three days darkness. According to their predictions, this punishment will come suddenly, be universal and wipe out three quarters of mankind. During it electric lights will not burn, hence the faithful should light a blessed candle and pray the ROSARY for protection. 3
January 28, 1950
Keep your windows well covered. Do not look out. Light a blessed candle, which will suffice for many days. Pray the rosary. Read spiritual books. Make acts of Spiritual Communion, also acts of love, which are so pleasing to Us. Pray with outstretched arms, or prostrate on the ground, in order that many souls may be saved. Do not go outside the house. Provide yourself with sufficient food. The powers of nature shall be moved and a rain of fire shall make people tremble with fear. Have courage! I am in the midst of you.
February 7, 1950
Take care of the animals during these days. I am the Creator and Preserver of all animals as well as man. I shall give you a few signs beforehand, at which time you should place more food before them. I will preserve the property of the elect, including the animals, for they shall be in need of sustenance afterwards as well. Let no one go across the yard, even to feed the animals–he who steps outside will perish! Cover your windows carefully. My elect shall not see My wrath. Have confidence in Me, and I will be your protection. Your confidence obliges Me to come to your aid.
The hour of My coming is near! But I will show mercy. A most dreadful punishment will bear witness to the times. My angels, who are to be the executioners of this work, are ready with their pointed swords! They will take special care to annihilate all those who mocked Me and would not believe in My revelations.
Hurricanes of fire will pour forth from the clouds and spread over the entire earth! Storms, bad weather, thunderbolts and earthquakes will cover the earth for two days. An uninterrupted rain of fire will take place! It will begin during a very cold night. All this is to prove that God is the Master of Creation. Those who hope in Me, and believe in my words, have nothing to fear because I will not forsake them, nor those who spread My message. No harm will come to those who are in the state of grace and who seek My mother’s protection.
That you may be prepared for these visitations, I will give you the following signs and instructions: The night will be very cold. The wind will roar. After a time, thunderbolts will be heard. Lock all the doors and windows. Talk to no one outside the house. Kneel down before a crucifix, be sorry for your sins, and beg My Mother’s protection. Do not look during the earthquake, because the anger of God is holy! Jesus does not want us to behold the anger of God, because God’s anger must be contemplated with fear and trembling.
Those who disregard this advice will be killed instantly. The wind will carry with it poisonous gases which will be diffused over the entire earth. Those who suffer and die innocently will be martyrs and they will be with Me in My Kingdom.
Satan will triumph! But after three nights, the earthquake and fire will cease. On the following day the sun will shine again. angels will descend from Heaven and will spread the spirit of peace over the earth. A feeling of immeasurable gratitude will take possession of those who survive this terrible ordeal-the impending punishment-with which God has visited the earth since creation.
I have chosen souls in other countries too, such as Belgium, Switzerland. Spain, who have received these revelations so that other countries also may be prepared. Pray much during this Holy Year of 1950. Pray the Rosary, but pray it well, so that your prayers may reach Heaven. Soon a more terrible catastrophe shall come upon the entire world, such as never before has been witnessed, a terrible chastisement never before experienced! The war of 1950 shall be the introduction to these things.
How unconcerned men are regarding these things! which shall so soon come upon them, contrary to all expectations. How indifferent they are in preparing themselves for these unheard of events, through which they will have to pass so shortly!
The weight of the Divine balance has reached the earth! The wrath of My Father shall be poured out over the entire world! I am again warning the world through your instrumentality, as I have so often done heretofore.
The sins of men have multiplied beyond measure: Irreverence in Church, sinful pride committed in sham religious activities, lack of true brotherly love, indecency in dress, especially at summer seasons…The world is filled with iniquity.
This catastrophe shall come upon the earth like a flash of lightning at which moment the light of the morning sun shall be replaced by black darkness! No one shall leave the house or look out of a window from that moment on. I Myself shall come amidst thunder and lightning. The wicked shall behold My Divine Heart. There shall be great confusion because of this utter darkness in which the entire earth shall be enveloped, and many, many shall die from fear and despair.
Those who shall fight for My cause shall receive grace from My Divine Heart; and the cry: ‘WHO IS LIKE UNTO GOD!’ shall serve as a means of protection to many. However, many shall burn in the open fields like withered grass! The godless shall be annihilated, so that afterwards the just shall be able to stand afresh.
On the day, as soon as complete darkness has set in, no one shall leave the house or look from out of the window. The darkness shall last a day and a night, followed by another day and a night, and another day–but on the night following, the stars will shine again, and on the next morning the sun shall rise again, and it will be SPRINGTIME!!
In the days of darkness, My elect shall not sleep, as did the disciples in the garden of olives. They, shall pray incessantly, and they shall not be disappointed in Me. I shall gather My elect. Hell will believe itself to be in possession of the entire earth, but I shall reclaim it!
Do you, perhaps, think that I would permit My Father to have such terrible chastisements come upon the world, if the world would turn from iniquity to justice? But because of My great love, these afflictions shall be permitted to come upon man. Although many shall curse Me, yet thousands of souls shall be saved through them. No human understanding can fathom the depth of My love!
Pray! Pray! I desire your prayers. My Dear Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Conrad, Saint Michael. Saint Peter, the Little Therese, Your Holy Angels, shall be your intercessors. Implore their aid! Be courageous soldiers of Christ! At the return of light, let everyone give thanks to the Holy Trinity for Their protection! The devastation shall be very great! But I, Your God, will have purified the earth. I am with you. Have confidence! (Here ends Padre Pio’s Message)
1 AAS 150356, May 31, 1923; AAS 16-368, July 24, 1924; AAS 18-186, April 23, 1926; AAS 23-233; May 22, 1931. These have never been removed by the One Holy Catholic Church.
2 This document is undated, but circulated in the very early 1970’s.
3 This appears on the original circulated in 1970 and is included here.