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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Novena to Saint Padre Pio's Feast ~~ Day 6 ~~

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, from childhood you offered yourself as a victim for others. God accepted your aspiration, and at San Giovanni Rotondo, you became "another Christ" suffering. Of your interior struggles you said: "Who will be able to discover the interior martydom that I suffer? A single memory of those inner battles makes my blood run cold in my veins. I heard the voice that called me to obey you, O God, but your enemies tyranise me, wrench my bones and contort my entrails...". One day, on your body, appeared the stigmata. You desired to be a victim for all, for those that you knew and for those that you didn't know, for the just and the unjust. From the time of your discharge from military service you had become aware of much evil in the world, and you offered yourself for the Church and you asked God that He discharge on you His punishments for these evils as necessary propitiation: you wanted to bear the punishment for the sins of others.
Blesses Saint Padre Pio grant to us from God the ability to accept sufferings and to make them an offering of love. We ask this in the name of Christ our Lord.

-That our sufferings become the portal to a union with Christ.
-That God will help us comprehend the efficacious power of accepting our crosses.
-That God will teach us how to accept and offer our sufferings to Him.Amen

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