Saint Padre Pio is often quoted as saying, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” I came across an excellent idea in the book Celebrating Saints and Seasons: Hundreds of Activities for Catholic Children that’s too good not to share.
In St. Pio’s honor, today I made a worry list by writing down all the things that keep me awake at night — the stuff of life that eats at me and unnecessarily draws my focus away from Christ. Then I placed that list in the back of my Bible; a symbol for placing my worries in God’s hands.
Finally I marked my calendar for three months from now to check back on my worry list. That’s December 23. Right before we celebrate the birth of Christ. What a great time to open that list, review it, and give thanks for all the worries that ended due to prayer. Now that’ll be a Christmas gift like none other.
â€œPray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.â€ â€• St. Padre Pio