Friday With Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Accidentally, I found this novena to the Saint of the Gutter on top of a piano. I tried to keep it waiting for someone to claim it but no one came forward. So I decided to use it personally. Blessed Teresa’s favorite prayer was written by John Cardinal Henry Newman, and she used to recite it each day after Holy Communion. I search the web for a similar copy but couldn’t find one. But the prayer is also available online sans some of her reflections. Here’s the front cover:

And here’s Newman’s prayer:

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 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 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.

Have a Godly Friday with this Worker with the Poor…

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