Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest
All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the Lord who proves hearts. (Proverbs 21:2)
Father, an alternate translation of this line from Proverbs is, "All your ways may be straight in your own eyes, but it is the Lord who weighs hearts." Our eyes can quickly grow haughty and proud if our presumption of righteousness is self-induced. Our knowledge cannot outweigh Your omnipotence; help me to avoid working so hard to tip the scale in my favor.
With Blessed John Henry Newman, help me delight in bringing You all that I know, so I may understand and pray, "by Your grace I will guard against self-deceit which may lead me to take what nature would have, rather than what reason approves."
Saint Pio, pray for us.