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Halt Your Mind in the Truth: How to Pray in a Time of Worry

Halt Your Mind in the Truth: How to Pray in a Time of Worry
Halt Your Mind in the Truth: How to Pray in a Time of Worry

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina


Easy for you to say, Padre Pio. Me, I’ve been doing a lot of all three lately, and if I’m being honest with myself, there have been many moments when the amount of worry has exceeded both the prayer and the hope. It’s sometimes hard to pray with hope in worrying times.


Padre Pio, the twentieth-century stigmatic priest who lived through two world wars, and a global pandemic (the Spanish Flu) must have understood this. And yet he has the faith to say “Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”


Unfortunately, sometimes it feels like my prayer is just me verbalizing my anxiety these days, or worse, I find myself not even being able to focus on prayer over the distraction of worry. Not good, says Padre Pio.


“The reason you cannot meditate,” he says, “is mainly because you begin to meditate with anxiety, in search of something to gladden your spirit.” He’s right – I bring my anxiety to my prayer with the expectation of being consoled and relieved, which is fine, but according to Padre Pio, “this is not enough to find what you seek.”


According to Padre Pio, we must go one step further: “The only remedy I know of is to abandon anxiety.”


Once again, this is easier said than done, but Padre Pio gives us some solid advice: “Halt your mind in the truth about which you are meditating.”


For me, “halting my mind” means that I try to take a moment to stop the swirling worry and sit in the truth that God is, ultimately, Hope. I read the Gospel, and I enter in, as best I can, abandoning anxiety, and clinging to the truth that Christ is Emmanuel – God with us – then, today, and always. I halt my mind, take a breath, and try to remember Padre Pio’s words to pray, hope, and let go of worry, at least for a while.

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Alex Kucera


Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!