Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry: 1 Small Thing To Do Today

Pray, Hope Don't Worry - St. Padre Pio

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 by Jeanne Hunt 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.

Join me?

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” ― St. Padre Pio

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  1. Susan Clark says

    Lisa – I love your idea and will join you in creating my own list of worries to offer up to God. Thanks for pointing out that worry distracts us from our focus on Christ. We can all learn from Padre Pio’s gentle, humble and faithful ways.


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