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Friday, September 17, 2010

Novena to Saint Padre Pio's Feast ~~ Day 4 ~~

Introductory Prayer ( for each day )

Come to me as Father and friend, Jesus, and do not leave me alone;
Lord, abide with me!

I am just a pilgrim wandering in a world enveloped by darkness;
bestow on me Your Light and Your Grace.
Lord, abide with me!

In this precious moment, embrace me;
let this union between us last forever.
Lord, abide with me!

Accompany me along life's journey; I need Your presence.
Without You I become faint and fall.
Lord, abide with me!

Evening is coming and I am racing like a river towards
the deep sea of death.
Lord, abide with me!

Be my strength in sorrow and in happiness,
whilst I live and until I die within Your embrace.
Lord, abide with me!

O holy Padre Pio, in the friary you began a new life, the results of which you already knew, as you yourself said: "I was only 16 years old but I knew that I had to dedicate myself in order to even better the call of my voluntary commitment and to become competent in philosophy and theology. It was a communal life that demanded a strong spiritual enrichment...": No one mislead you. Your mother, when you left for the friary, said: "Knowingly you have come along to the door of your new house... Now, with your Brothers, return to the work as always. Remember me in your prayers and never forget that, above all you are a son of God and St. Francis. How much is asked, but you do not merit grief from your own loved ones, if that does not give you joy to have found the true way of life... ". Thus began your life as a Religious. Instil in the Church a generous spirit capable of leaving all to follow Christ. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord.

That God will help us comprehend the efficacious power of accepting our crosses.
That all priests will be witnesses of the faith as a resource to the people.
That all priests remain in communion with the Pope and the Bishops.

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