Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Strength in Trials and Tribulations

This heartfelt prayer was composed by Saint John Paul II at the canonization of Padre Pio, asking for strength to bear all trials and tribulations of life:

Padre Pio, who passed through so much suffering and endured them all believed that whatever he was passing through was certainly God’s will for him. Knowing he must surrender to the will of God, he did not hesitate to seek for the grace and strength of God to bear each trial of life as it came.

Say this prayer also if you happen to be in such shoes that God fills you with the strength to bear that difficult situation and the grace not to lose firm faith in His love:

“Teach us, we ask you, humility of heart so 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 be able to recognize right away in the poor and suffering the face of Jesus.

Sustain us in the hour of the combat and of the trial and, if we fall, make us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness.

Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother.

Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed homeland, where we hope to arrive in order to contemplate forever the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen”.

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