Suffering well is about letting go.

But recently I decided I needed something to hold on to.

So I went to the Catholic bookstore and this is what I got:



A tangible token of my faith. Something to grasp in those moments of pain, in those moments when I’m crying out to God . . . and Padre Pio.

See recently, a priest with a devotion to Padre Pio, was mentioning (while he was holding a chalice that Padre Pio held–isn’t that unbelievable!) that when you friend Padre Pio, he never leaves you alone. I decided I didn’t want to be left alone . . .so I have been reaching out to him, not to mention because he is the patron saint of pain and suffering!

See my suffering took another turn and I feel like I’m back at the beginning and so I’ve been asking for a miracle from Padre Pio, either in the circumstance or in me.

I’ll let you know how that turns out. Here’s to hoping that he won’t leave me alone.

By the way, his feast day is a couple days away on September 23rd . . some of us are starting a novena to St. Therese that day . . .whose feast day is nine days after Padre Pio’s, two saints who are very special to me!

Care to join us?

I also got this yesterday:

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The rosary I kept in my diaper bag has disappeared (that has 2-year-old written all over it). And I wanted something else to hold on to in times of intense prayer, something that was beautiful too, beauty always a reminder of God being present!


And one more thing to hold on to . . . .

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Couldn’t resist that one!

There are other bears too! Visit St. Raphael’s bookstore:


So that’s it. As I try to let go of my plans and dreams for my life, I am holding on to my faith.

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