September 23: Feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Today September 23, is the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.  I just had a wonderful encounter with him last weekend but that will be the subject of a different. post.  I just wanted to post something about him first and some prayers before the day ends.

For those who are not familiar with St. Pio, here is a brief video about him.

Below is one of St. Pio’s prayers which I often pray when I visit the Blessed Sacrament:

Stay with me, Lord
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, for 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, 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 it’s 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, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, 
        but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!
   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

And lastly, a prayer to request the intercession of St. Pio:

Prayer for the Intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant,
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds
of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness
to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son.
Endowed with the gift of discernment,
St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional
for the salvation of souls.
With reverence and intense devotion
in the celebration of Mass,
he invited countless men and women
to a greater union with Jesus Christ
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
I confidently beseech You to grant me
the grace of (here state your petition). Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen (Say three times)

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