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Today is the feast of St Pius of Pietrelcina, who is a great favourite of Jessica’s, so, for her, and in honour of him, I reproduce this prayer of his – and a short extract from one of Jessica’s old posts. V45C

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

That a man with the spiritual grandeur of Padre Pio walked where I walk encourages me hugely; I am not alone. Of course, when I read the Gospels, not least Mark, I see the Apostles not quite understanding; so my own want of comprehension seems less of a burden. I couldn’t have been a Martha, as I am afraid I should not have been doing the baking whilst Jesus was talking; I could see myself doing a Mary and wiping the Lord’s feet with my hair, or anointing Him with costly spikenard. I can hear my sister now – a Martha par excellence, she’d upbraid me for my wastefulness and my laziness. But I hope my love would redeem me.

Too often we forget that our Faith is about the supreme act of love whereby Jesus gave up His life and suffered death, death upon a cross, for us. That means for me, in all my imperfections, all my sinfulness, and all my regrets at not being a better Christian. In a much-abused word – that is Awesome. It is that which draws forth my love, that which makes me follow Him; and that which will redeem me.