You were chosen to glorify the crucified Jesus through the visible wounds of the Cross that you bore for 50 years. And like our Lord Jesus, you demonstrate your great love by sharing the many gifts bestowed upon you...especially the gift of intercession.
Because of your great friendship with the Lord, He responds to your requests and blesses those you bless. I now add my prayer to the many prayers offered to you every day by those who seek your help to obtain healings and consolations, earthly and spiritual blessings, and peace for body, mind and soul.
In your loving kindness, please bless my loved ones, and me, and intercede for this special request: (insert petition)
In your great love, Saint Pio, please continue to pray with us and for us.
In memoriam, J.S.
BE AT PEACE
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; Rather look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, Will lead you safely through all things; And when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in his arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; The same everlasting Father who cares for you today Will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, or Will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside all Anxious thoughts and imaginations.
St. Francis de Sales
[Note from Michele: When Nicole was in the ICU at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, MA in November of 2004, I found this prayer in their chapel. The words continue to ring true.]