Monday, March 31, 2014

ABOUT CARING FOR YOUR AGING PARENTS

As we grow from infancy to childhood to adolescence and throughout adulthood, many of us fall into a state of wishful thinking, that our parents will always be around for us to lean on, to share our joys and sorrows, and to advise us in times of decision-making.

It is my circumstances over the last four years to be smacked with reality .... my mother and dad, my HEROES will not be here forever.  Mother suffered a stroke on December 15, 2010, just five days before they were due to come here for the Christmas Holiday and see all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

It's all very clear, even now, my dad on the other end of the telephone, a tremble in his voice, and when he finally was able to blurt out what was causing him such pain, he said "your mama's had a stroke!" And with that he broke and sobbed. And I began with comforting him so he could speak and answer my questions: Is she alive? Yes. How bad is it? We don't know yet. She just came into the bedroom after breakfast and said "honey, I can't feel my hand," and he pinched her skin but she could not feel it.  No time to dress from her house coat, he took her to the car and put her inside. By the time he reached the hospital 10 minutes away, she was talking jibberish.  She was taken back to trauma immediately.  I arrived the next day and that is the FIRST time that I felt real and painful heartbreak.  I talked to her and she looked at me as if she were looking straight through me. It was too much, I had to leave the room.

I cannot begin to tell you the hour by hour, blow by blow of what ensued for the next hours, days and months.  She had a tiny vessel in her brain, a vein so small that it cannot even be detected by an MRI had been leaking blood probably for years and when it got to the size of a quarter, it pressed on the left side of the brain just enough to cause the stroke.

What course I followed over the next six months was almost like something inside me was taking over, providing the strength, the resolve, and the making sense of what was happening. It was also making me strong for the man who's big shoulders had always been strong for me and counseled me when I needed him..The roles were suddenly reversed: I had to take care of my Daddy; my mother was in the hospital and I knew she was cared for.  I had stayed for two weeks following the stroke and when I was leaving to fly home, my daddy cried.  Heartbreak 101.  Within three weeks, he called and he sounded rather manic. That is when I asked "Daddy? Do you need me?" And he frantically said, "well I need somebody to help me with all these decisions!"  I knew he was falling apart.  No, nothing in particular had happened; mother was in the hospital going through step-down unit to rehabilitation unit.  Without a second thought, I told him that I would be there day after tomorrow. I left family and home and made a new space in my brain right up front that was to fulfill the needs of my parents.

Biblically speaking, the care of the elderly, in particular our elderly parents is to be paramount to anything else in our lives.  (1)When we honor and care for our parents, we are serving God as well. The Bible says, “The church should care for any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God very much....But those who won't care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers” (1 Timothy 5:3-4,8).

(2) We should never allow the cares of the world to overshadow the things that are most important—serving God through serving people, especially the people in our own families. The Bible says, "Honor your father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise—"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth" (Ephesians 6:2-3).

I spent six weeks there, going to the hospital every morning, out for lunch, back to the hospital and then in the evening, we went home.  It was exhausting.  I even opened the love seat in her room and slept there with her a few nights.  I've never felt such fear in my life. Of course, I prayed for her and my dad day and night. She had loads of visitors and it cheered her so. She had begun the long road back by learning to speak some words, enough to understand what she meant. We were making progress.

Skipping to the present, my husband and I had traveled back Home to see mom and dad.  Mom is now able to get herself up out of her chair with her walker, go to the restroom by herself and to dress herself.  She still has to have help with her bath and she loved me styling her hair after it had been washed. The touch of her hair was something I soaked up. They were a very active couple, very social and had lots of friends. Why is it when someone is debilitated, the people stop coming by, the phone doesn't ring. It's cruel and it is sad.

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Mother and Daddy
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I call them my Heroes because they adopted my sister and me from a bad situation. My biological mother is my Dad's sister, so he was actually my Uncle first and my mom was my aunt. Don't worry if you don't get it. Most people don't and it doesn't need explaining.

I never heard a cross word between my mom and dad. I never saw them anything but loving toward one another and they put on the PDA, no matter who was around.  This is truly a love story that has lasted over 65 years.  They met when they were 16 and were at church camp.  They never forgot each other but my dad ended up marrying someone orchestrated by my grandmother.  It didn't last but he did have a daughter.  He immediately called my mother when his divorce was final and they have not separated since and are as in love or more so than ever.  It was a blessing to grow up in a home where I was told "I love you" every day of my life, I was hugged every day, my daddy didn't spare the rod, and they did their very best to raise two good young ladies. We had two-week vacations every summer, someplace different every time and dad stopped at every tourist trap on the highway, and we always came out with a souvenir. My life was idyllic.

I love my mom and dad more than anything and I have told them for years that when they got old, I would take care of them.  My sister was relieved: "I'm so glad you're taking on mom and dad; I just couldn't do it." How cruel and selfish. But she is another story that won't be told here.

Again, nothing should ever come before one's elderly parent(s).  And honoring them is a lifetime commitment.  I will care for them until the day God calls them home.  They did so much for me, and now that are like my children. I have to help with this and with that, Dad doesn't understand certain mail and is it junk or is there something he's supposed to do?  I just spent 8 days with them.  Mom has a caregiver name Krysta six hours a day Monday through Friday.  Dad just retired not even a year ago.  Both are 82 years old and if not for my mother's disability, they would be traveling.  I suppose I should say that her disability is her right arm and hand could not be brought back to use.  She has a brace on her right leg from foot to knee.  She's alive and her mind is good.  It is my dad that I am concerned about - this has hit him very hard and since he retired, he suddenly shows a lot of signs of the elderly.  I would sit and watch them watching television and think of a zillion memories we've made together. Sometimes my eyes grow moist with tears but I have to hold them back.  I don't know if anyone is as sentimental as me, but it will be the hardest days of my life when I lose them.

God love my mom and dad, and God love YOU for reading this.

Abbey

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SAINT PADRE PIO NOVENA - DAY 6


Peace be with you!

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Pius XII pleaded for the faithful to gather together more often to pray as a community. 

Padre Pio answered that plea, and encouraged others to do the same. 

He once said, "Today's society does not pray, that is why it is falling apart."

Padre Pio promoted and supported the idea of prayer groups -- some of which still exist today. 
So, as Jesus tells us He is present wherever two or three are gathered in His name, let's pray that we may be able to join others, particularly the Pray More Novenas community, in praying for their intentions. 

Let's also pray for a greater commitment to prayer and a deeper Christian life. 

Here are the novena prayers for today:

O St. Pio, I come to you today knowing that you are truly a miracle worker. As one who is close to Jesus, I ask that you would pray for these intentions: 

(State your intentions here) 

I pray with the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II as I beg for your prayers on my behalf: 
"Glorious, humble and beloved Padre Pio. Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. 

"Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus. 

"Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall, let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus and our Mother. 

"Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed Homeland, where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." 
Amen.

In closing, St. Padre Pio, we pray the prayer you composed for Confidence and Trust in God's Mercy: 

"O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church. 

Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath  Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to  heavenly glory. 
May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us as You desire for your greater glory. 

O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer  find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father." 

Amen. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 

St. Padre Pio, Pray for us! 

Amen.
_____________________________________

Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to Padre Pio! 

Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 

Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 

Asking them to join here:

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God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com

Sunday, March 30, 2014

30 THINGS TO STOP DOING TO YOURSELF

#1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
#2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
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#3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
#4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  Yes, help others; but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
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#5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.  Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
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#6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
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#7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
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#8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.  We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
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#9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
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#10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.
#11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.  You cannot change what you refuse to confront.  Making progress involves risk.  Period!  You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
#12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
#13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.  There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
#14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
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#15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
#16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.  Ask yourself this:  “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
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#17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.  You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.  But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.  You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile!  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
#18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.  Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”  Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!  And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.  If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
#19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
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#20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.  Just do what you know in your heart is right.
#21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
#22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
#23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.
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#24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
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#25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
#26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
#27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.
#28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
#29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
#30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
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SAINT PADRE PIO NOVENA - DAY 5

Peace be with you!
Padre Pio is known for being a man of prayer. He prayed almost continuously. 
In his actions and through his words, it was clear that Padre Pio placed God above everything else. 
Let's pray that we may imitate his behavior in our own lives -- that we will give more of ourselves and our time to God.
Here are the novena prayers for today:
O St. Pio, I come to you today knowing that you are truly a miracle worker. As one who is close to Jesus, I ask that you would pray for these my intentions: 
(State your intentions here) 
I pray with the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II as I beg for your prayers on my behalf: 
"Glorious, humble and beloved Padre Pio. Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. 
"Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus. 
"Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall, let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus and our Mother. 
"Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed Homeland, where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." 
Amen.
In closing, St. Padre Pio, we pray the prayer you composed for Confidence and Trust in God's Mercy: 
"O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church. 
Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath  Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to  heavenly glory. 
May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us as You desire for your greater glory. 
O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer  find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father." 
Amen. 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
St. Padre Pio, Pray for us! 
Amen.
_______________________________
Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to Padre Pio! 
Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 
Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 
Asking them to join here:
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie -PrayMoreNovenas.co

SAINT PADRE PIO NOVENA - DAY 4

Peace be with you!
Padre Pio felt drawn to the priesthood from an early age. He was ordained in 1910, after years of studying, when he was 23 years old. 
Today let's pray for all priests, seminarians, and those who are discerning the religious life. 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
O St. Pio, I come to you today knowing that you are truly a miracle worker. As one who is close to Jesus, I ask that you would pray for these my intentions: 
(State your intentions here) 
I pray with the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II as I beg for your prayers on my behalf: 
"Glorious, humble and beloved Padre Pio. Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. 
"Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus. 
"Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall, let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus and our Mother. 
"Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed Homeland, where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." 
Amen.
In closing, St. Padre Pio, we pray the prayer you composed for Confidence and Trust in God's Mercy: 
"O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church. 
Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath  Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to  heavenly glory. 
May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us as You desire for your greater glory. 
O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer  find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father." 
Amen. 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
St. Padre Pio, Pray for us! 
Amen.
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Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to Padre Pio! 
Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 
Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 
Asking them to join here:
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie -PrayMoreNovenas.com
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Friday, March 28, 2014

SAINT PADRE PIO NOVENA - DAY 3

Peace be with you!
 
Padre Pio had a strong desire to offer his sufferings for others.
 
This Lent, let's offer our Lenten sacrifices for others and for those in purgatory.  
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 
 
O St. Pio, I come to you today knowing that you are truly a miracle worker. As one who is close to Jesus, I ask that you would pray for these my intentions: 
 
(State your intentions here) 
 
I pray with the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II as I beg for your prayers on my behalf: 
 
"Glorious, humble and beloved Padre Pio. Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. 
 
"Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus. 
 
"Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall, let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus and our Mother. 
 
"Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed Homeland, where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." 
 
Amen.
 
In closing, St. Padre Pio, we pray the prayer you composed for Confidence and Trust in God's Mercy: 
 
"O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church. 
 
Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath  Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to  heavenly glory. 
 
May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us as You desire for your greater glory. 
 
O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer  find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father." 
 
Amen. 
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
 
St. Padre Pio, Pray for us! 
 
Amen.
 
___________________________________________
 
Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to Padre Pio! 
 
Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 
 
Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 
 
Asking them to join here:
 
http://www.praymorenovenas.com
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NOVENA - SAINT PADRE PIO - DAY 2



Peace be with you!
 
Padre Pio was known for being a good and holy confessor. 
 
He dedicated many hours each day to hearing confessions, and he was known for demanding an honest and sincere examination of conscience. 
 
Today, let's pray that all sinners & devout souls alike will be able to make a good confession this Lent.  Let's also resolve to sin no more.  
 
In addition to this intention, you can pray for any special intention you have.
 
 
Okay, let's get to praying!
 
Here are the novena prayers for today:
 
 
O St. Pio, I come to you today knowing that you are truly a miracle worker. As one who is close to Jesus, I ask that you would pray for these my intentions: 
 
(State your intentions here) 
 
I pray with the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II as I beg for your prayers on my behalf: 
 
"Glorious, humble and beloved Padre Pio. Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. 
 
"Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus. 
 
"Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall, let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus and our Mother. 
 
"Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed Homeland, where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." 
 
Amen.
 
In closing, St. Padre Pio, we pray the prayer you composed for Confidence and Trust in God's Mercy: 
 
"O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church. 
 
Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath  Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to  heavenly glory. 
 
May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us as You desire for your greater glory. 
 
O Jesus, most adorable Heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer  find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your heavenly Father." 
 
Amen. 
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. 
 
St. Padre Pio, Pray for us! 
 
Amen.
______________________________________ 

Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this novena to Padre Pio! 
 
Can you think of anyone who would benefit from or enjoy praying this novena with you? 
 
Please take a moment to think about it and send them an email. 
 
Asking them to join here:
 
http://www.praymorenovenas.com
 
God bless you!
   John-Paul & Annie - PrayMoreNovenas.com