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Posted July 17, 2006

Padre Pio on Anxiety

Matthew 6:25, 32, 34 –

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear . . . Your heavenly Father knows that you need all those things.

“. . . So do not worry . . . “

But my needs burden my mind. How can I not worry?

Padre Pio’s assurance: “Do not anticipate the problems of this life with apprehension, but, rather, with a perfect hope that God, to whom you belong, will free you from them accordingly. He has defended you up to now. Simply hold on tightly to the hand of his divine providence, and he will help you in all events, and when you are unable to walk, he will lead you; don’t worry . . . Don’t think about tomorrow’s events because the same heavenly Father who takes care of you today will do the same tomorrow and forever.

“Live tranquilly. Remove from your imagination that which upsets you, and often say to the Lord, “Oh, God, you are my God, and I will trust in you. You will assist me and be my refuge, and I will fear nothing . . . “

Forgive me for worrying, Lord. I place my trust in you. Amen.