The Church celebrates today the feast of St. Padre Pio, an Italian Capuchin friar (one of the branches of the Franciscan order), who died in 1968, at the age of 81, after nearly 50 years as a spiritual guide, confessor and intercessor. A mystic, with the stigmata (the wounds of Christ on his body), Pio was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II. May we follow the advice of Padre Pio: "Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer."
teach me how to pray, hope and not worry,
especially when things get tough for me.
Ps 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163