In the Catholic calendar, September 23 is the feast day of Padre Pio.
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina is known for his miracles of healing and intercession. Born on May 25, 1887 and noted as a friar who was experiencing stigmata. His real name is Francesco Forgione and even as a young boy he already showed signs of extraordinary gifts of grace. He was able to see and talk to his guardian angel, and even with Jesus and the Virgin Mary. God endowed him with spiritual gifts including bilocation, prophecy, miracles, discernment of spirits, the ability to read hearts, the ability to speak in tongues (speak and understand different languages he had never studied), and other supernatural powers.
Padre Pio was a friar, mystic and now venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church who continues to perform miracles through his relics and one’s surrender to Jesus.
“In books we seek God, in prayer we find Him.
Prayer is the key which opens God’s heart”
I’m sharing with you his beautiful prayer
STAY WITH ME, LORD
Prayer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina 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 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 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, 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.