I am very grateful to Father Pierre Leblond, O.P. for sharing with us “The Prayer of St. Padre Pio” and “The Four Habits of Relational Prayer’ at last September’s PPPG meeting.
When we said the prayer together, I was so touched that I almost wanted to cry because the words of the prayer were the very words I wanted to say to God:
Lord, stay with me for I always forget you.
Lord, I am weak, I need your strength.
Lord, I want to follow you.
Jesus, stay with me for death and judgement is coming close.
Lord, I want to love you forever.
Father also explained that if we are to have relational prayer, we need to open ourselves up, our hearts, and talk to God about our joys, desires and concerns. In addition to that, we need to trust in Him and be prepared to receive whatever graces He gives.
Father Pierre’s teachings really inspired me and confirmed that God is here. He loves and cares deeply about me. All I need to do is to love Him back and trust in Him.
God, thank you for seeking me out and loving me first. I trust you and ask that you stay with me ALWAYS!
By: Patty Mak
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