"A Catholic cannot help but be happy; sadness should be banished from their souls. Suffering is not sadness, which is the worst disease. This disease is almost always caused by atheism, but the end for which we are created guides us along life's pathway, which may be strewn with thorns, but it is not sad. It is happy even through suffering." PGF
Pier Giorgio seemed to be optimistic by nature, which is a gift; but he also understood that true happiness never rests on our circumstances, but on the depths of our faith. He agreed with another Saint, Josemaria Escriva (who I am sure he is engrossed in deep conversation and prayer with right now!): "Christian optimism is not a sugary optimism; nor is it a mere human coincidence that everything will turn out all right. It is an optimism that sinks its roots in an awareness of our freedom, and in the sure knowledge of the power of grace. It is an optimism which leads us to make demands on ourselves, to struggle to respond at every moment to God's calls."
How true! Christian optimism is not a namby-pamby, wishy-washy, honey-coated Pollyanaism; it is TRUTH! Will things always go our way? No. Will we suffer for our faith? Yes. Does God know our circumstances and have Christ offer Himself through the Holy Spirit to walk with us, to suffer with us, to rejoice with us, to love with us, to die with us? Yes, YES, YES! That is the cause of our hope, the cause of our joy. That is why we wake up every morning, confident that if we offer our day to God, He will see us through it all. That is the optimism of Bl. Pier Giorgio, and the optimism of all the Saints. So today, BE OPTIMISTIC!!!
Bl. Pier Giorgio, pray for us!