Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

“Radiating Christ”
by John Cardinal Newman

(This was a beloved prayer to Mother Teresa. She chose it to be the first prayer prayed by the Missionaries of Charity each day after Holy Communion. It is very fitting for all mothers.)

Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that all my life may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through me and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others;
the light, O Jesus, will be all from you;
none of it will be mine;
it will be you shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise you in the way you love best
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example,
by the catching force of
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to you. Amen.

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