A prayer by St. “Padre” Pio

A prayer by St. “Padre” Pio

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 wish 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, judgement, 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 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.


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  1. Lucia Maria says:

    I’ve been drawn to Padre Pio lately. What a beautiful prayer. For a man who was so close to Our Lord, this prayer shows why. He was constantly asking and realising that with out God, he would fall. I don’t know about any one else, but I keep thinking I can do it by myself, and failing each and every time.

    You are in my Rosary intentions, Fr Z.

  2. AnAmericanMother says:

    Our parish was just honored with the exposition of a relic of St Padre Pio.
    Good things follow him.

  3. catholicmidwest says:

    What a beautiful prayer!

  4. skull kid says:

    Thanks for posting that Father.

    I agree Lucia, I have the same problem.

    Prayers for you Father.

  5. wanda says:

    Prayers for you, Father, and I will remember you at Mass this morning.

  6. Cath says:

    I used to pray that prayer everyday. One of my favorites. I will dig out my card and start it again. Thank you for that. You are in my prayers Fr. Z.

  7. Phil Steinacker says:

    A friend of mine visited the Padre Pip Shrine in PA a couple years ago and came back to present me with a 3rd class relic of Padre Pio and a small bifold prayer brochure. On the inside left was a beautiful prayer prior to reception of Holy Communion taken from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.

    On the inside right was a variation of the prayer you posted, Father, which was described as a prayer to be offered upon reception of the Eucharist. I use it for that purpose, alternating it with another beautiful prayer by Blessed John Cardinal Newman called “Radiating Christ.” Both are eminently suitaable for use after receiving Him.

  8. kelleyb says:

    I love this prayer. While I do not have it memorized yet, I curl up with Him in these words when I am feeling alone and turning from Him, “Stay with me Lord, you know how quickly I abandon You. Stay with me Lord, for I am nothing with out you. Stay with me.”
    Praying for you Father. Thank you for all you do for the Church and for you readers.

  9. seanl says:

    I was given this a few years ago by a priest. It’s been a good help in my spiritual life over the years. I usually pray it after communion, or when the state of the world seems particularly depressing that day.

  10. Girgadis says:

    This is one of my favorite post-Communion prayers which I learned at the Franciscan church in Center City. The friars pray this prayer after every Mass on Fridays as a novena to St. Pio.

    I don’t always see eye to eye with you Father, but you are often in my prayers and I am keeping your particular intention at this time before the Lord whenever I am at Mass or adoration. Have confidence that St. Therese will once again safely see you through.

  11. DominiSumus says:

    That is a beautiful prayer. Thank you for posting it. You are always in my prayers.

  12. EWTN Rocks says:

    What a beautiful prayer Fr. Z – thank you for sharing it. I like the idea of saying it before Holy Communion as suggested by one of your readers. BTW, Happy Father’s Day Fr. Z! As DominiSumus stated above, “you are always in my prayers.”

  13. Elizabeth D says:

    I went yesterday on a parish pilgrimage (Cathedral Parish of Madison WI) to the newly approved Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Among my intentions there which I wrote on a slip to be placed in their Altar of Good Help (actually I think in a sort of Reredos of Good Help) was one for you Fr Z and your intentions.

    God is with us in the darkness. I like St Pio’s prayer, it is new to me. I have had on my mind lately:
    “Bread is important, freedom is more important, but most important of all is unbroken fidelity and faithful adoration.” (Fr Alfred Delp, S.J.)

  14. Rachel Pineda says:

    I learned about St. Padre Pio while my one of my sons was very sick in the hospital and opened up a Precious Blood booklet/novena in the wee hours of the night. When I read the promises he kept to his spiritual children I was instantly comforted.
    I don’t know if I would have run into this prayer if you had not posted it. Thank you
    Happy Father’s Day Fr. Z!

  15. Laura R. says:

    This is a beautiful prayer, Father; thank you and Happy Fathers’ Day!

    I will continue to pray for you —

  16. Tina in Ashburn says:

    I’ve never seen this prayer before. Thank you.

    Lately the image of the lost sheep came to me as I was falling asleep: “Good Shepherd, come and get me!”. Good for the frightening feeling of having gotten oneself off track and lost AGAIN.

    I pray for you Father and for all priests.

  17. The Cobbler says:

    Thank you, Father. I needed to pray that, and had known it not.

  18. cornelius74 says:

    Thank you, father. Our parish, Assumption ouf Our Lady in Praha-Modrany, Czech Republic, sets out for a trip to Pieterlcina in two weeks time and I am happy to come along. Be assured of my prayer there.

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