“When you are attending Mass and other religious services, be very reverent when you stand up, kneel, and sit. Perform each action with great devotion. Be modest in your gaze, and do not turn your head this way and that to see who is coming or going. Out of reverence for that holy place, do not laugh or look around to see who is nearby. Try not to talk to anyone unless charity or a strict need requires it.

If you are reciting a group prayer, pronounce the words of the prayer distinctly, stop for the pauses, and never hurry through the prayer.

In short, behave in such a way that all the bystanders are edified and, because of you, are moved to glorify and love the heavenly Father.

When you leave the church, have a calm and collected demeanor.”

-St Pio in a letter to Anitta Rodote, July 25, 1915

Excerpt from Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day pg 192