Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You. Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness. Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will. Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You. Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and always be in Your company. Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You. Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love. Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile! Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You. Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart. Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love. Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more. With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.
Thanks for this post — It is a keeper.
I’ve read a lot about Padre Pio but one thing that always bothers me is the stigmata (with other saints as well). Padre Pio and many other saints had the stigmata in their hands. But the Shroud of Turin- which I think has a good chance of being Christ’s burial cloth- shows wounds in the wrists. The only way the stigmata would make any sense is if the nails were hammered in diagonally- entering the palms, exiting the wrists.
I once noticed a small picture of Padre Pio on a woman’s desk in a Miami-Dade government office and asked about it. The woman explained that as a girl in Italy, she suffered from a crippling and potentially mortal medical condition that doctors could not treat. Her parents brought her to Padre Pio and she was soon cured, to the astonishment of the doctors — until Padre Pio was mentioned. Years later, the now late middle aged woman had the sense that Padre Pio still watched over her and her family.
What a good article!
The extreme humility of Padre Pio draws more people to Christ than the Bible thumper once saved always saved heretic
Nyer - You have posted some wonderful things throughout the years, and this certainly is one of them. My hearfelt thanks for a wonderful read!
Thanks for a great read