23rd September – Memorial of St Pio of Pietracelina

padre pioToday I mentioned how a seminary friend was in his earlier life dying from weil’s disease. His uncle secured a mitten of Padre Pio that had covered one of his hands with the stigmata. After my friend was blessed with this relic, he recovered contrary to all medical expectations. He also recovered his faith and a few years later entered the seminary and was ordained 2 years before me.

One of Padre Pio’s common counsels was “Pray, hope and don’t worry”. Prayer establishes a parental/fraternal relationship with God which communicates to us the Divine Presence in our life. This gives rise to hope and confidence in the future.

On a similar note, the reading from today’s Midday Prayer (Jer 17:7-8) stated: A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord, with the Lord for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it feels no alarm, its foliage stays green; it has no worries in a year of drought, and never ceases to bear fruit.