There is one quote by St. Padre Pio that I especially love: “pray, hope and don’t worry.” Those five simple words are so easy to understand, and yet sometimes, so hard to follow. Today is St. Padre Pio’s feast day, and I believe he would want us to try to follow these wise words as best we can.
When I first read those words by Padre Pio, I was already hooked. That simple phrase moved me so much, that when I saw a t-shirt with that saying on it, I had to get it! One of the best parts of wearing the t-shirt was that on first glance, it looked just like any other shirt with a catchy slogan on it. When I would wear it, I would often get a few comments on where the saying came from – which I think shows just how much that message is needed by people today. One friend in particular was surprised to learn that a “rustic” saint from Italy said the words because the words were still so relevant today. Life is stressful, but Padre Pio had the way to deal with all of life’s troubles — pray, hope and don’t worry.
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was born in Italy in 1887. He was known for having the stigmata of Christ and for the many hours he spent listening to people in the confessional. In biographies of his life, it is noted that people would travel from all around to hear him say Mass or try to receive a blessing from him. He was made a saint in 2002.
Throughout the archdiocese, there are quite a few events happening to celebrate his feast day. Tonight, there will be a Mass at St. John the Baptist Church on 31st Street in Manhattan at 6:30 p.m. with guest homilist Msgr. David Cassato, NYPD chaplain. This weekend, on Oct. 2, St. Adalbert’s Church on Staten Island, will celebrate a noon Mass, including a blessing with relics and a blessing of animals at 1 p.m.