Several years ago I visited the Padre Pio shrine in Barto, PA, and bought a little medal that has an image of the Sacred Heart (not the image of our Lord with His Heart --just the Heart Itself) on one side, and an image of a Host with the IHS inscription and rays extending from the Host (similar to what is found on the back of the Holy Face Medal).
It came with a this rather poor explanation:
BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE CHASTISEMENT MEDAL
Father Domenic Meyer, OFM, Cap., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a secretary for seven years at Padre Pio’s monastery.
Father Meyer showed us a tiny medal (the chastisement medal) and said that Padre Pio said we should wear it at all times because it would protect us both spiritually and physically. He recounted many incidents of accidents and drownings where the wearer of the medal was spared and those around him were either hurt or killed.
Mary Pyle, wore a large silver chastisement medal on her habit She told us stories of how It helped people who were wearing it. In May of 1954 I was cured by Padre Pio. In the summer of 1955 three other school teachers and I drove through Europe. Our main purpose was to go to San Giovanni Rotondo and visit Padre Rio. When we arrived in July, 1955, we met a Franciscan Capuchin, Father Meyer, who was a first cousin of the then Cardinal Meyer of Chicago. ln Father Carty’s book, PADRE PIO, THE STIGMATIST, he tells of how Padre Pio cured Father Meyer. Incidentally Father Meyer came from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was staying at the Friary a little while. I told him my story and we showed him the articles we bought, asking if he could get them blessed by Padre Pio.
Father Meyer then proceeded to show us the tiny medal (the chastisement medal) and said that Padre Rio said we should wear it at all times because It would protect us both spiritually and physically. He recounted many incidents of accidents and drownings where the wearer of the medal was spared and those around him were either hurt or killed. That is when I first bought the Chastisement medal.
(The meanings of the words on the medal: SIA BENEDETTO IL NOME DEL SIGNORE…May the Name of the Lord be Blessed. CUOR DI GESU SALVACI. PERIAMO…Heart of Jesus save us-we pray.)…
I guess its a dialect of Italian, but I think PERIAMO might be closer to “we perish” than “we pray”…
At any rate, does anyone know anything else about it? Did Padre Pio himself come up with the design? Any help would be greatly appreciated.