A prayer for your day

If you haven’t been introduced to this prayer, you will surely fall in love with it…This is a great prayer to get you in the right mindset to shine for Jesus each morning!

Jesus Prayer by Cardinal John Henry Newman
(This prayer was recited daily after Communion by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her Sisters of Charity)

Mother Teresa Praying

Dear Jesus,
Help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that 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 will 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 which you love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example,
by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you. Amen.

Understanding human suffering

What can we do to understand and give comfort in the face of human suffering?

Blessed Mother Teresa reminds us, “You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me.” (Read more of Mother Teresa’s words here.)

This article by Dr. Peter Kreeft helps explain God’s answer to human suffering.

May we never forget to pray and help those most in need, who may be suffering materially or spiritually.

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