Nov. 1: Stay With Me, Lord

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina once wrote a prayer expressing his absolute dependence on God.  Here is a slightly shortened version of it:

“Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget 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, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.

“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.”

Pray always.  (Luke 18:1)

Lord, help me see Your presence always.

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