Padre Pio Prayers
There has been a great deal of research and scholarship devoted to the life Saint Padre Pio. However, I will be focusing on a single prayer of Saint Padre Pio. It is my sincerest hope that through examining this single prayer, you may gain a small amount of new insight into the devotional habits of the this great saint.
Padre Pio Prayers – Reflections About the Prayer After Communion
The prayer I will be focusing is Saint Padre Pio’s prayer after communion. The first thing that strikes me about this prayer is the humility that it conjures within the person reciting it. This was a man who had over 100,000 people attend his funeral. Even so, he admits before God that he will forget and abandon Him without His help. He goes on to request that God, “stay with me, because I am weak/and need your strength.” The second element that stands out to me is how he begins fourteen out of sixteen stanzas with the phrase, “stay with me.” Clearly, Saint Padre Pio prays with a complete dependence upon God.
Seeing such humility and dependence reflected in a man of such high esteem shows me how efficacious that type of prayer is. Our egos and rational often become a stumbling block in our relationship with God. By remaining humble and calling on God for help we can follow Saint Padre Pio’s example to “love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.”
Padre Pio’s Prayer After Holy Communion
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 alway 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 strenth, 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.
“Prayers of Padre Pio.” Padre Pio Devotions. Padre Pio Devotions, n.d. Web. 05 Aug. 2013.
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