Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) ON PRAYER

[This is the nineteenth of a series of posts featuring a saint, mystic, or writer to include some of their thoughts on prayer as well as a prayer written by or ascribed to him or her.  Today is this saint’s Feast. For more about, visit the Saint of the Day blog on the right column of this blog

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To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

God has created us to love and to be loved, 
and this is the beginning of prayer—
to know that He loves me, 
that I have been created for greater things.

 Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, 
for God speaks in the silence of the heart.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…We need silence to be able to touch souls.

You must learn to pray – maybe not big prayers but talk from the heart to God, open your heart to God.

Mother Teresa’s Nazareth Prayer for the Family
Heavenly Father,
you have given us the model of life
in the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Help us, O Loving Father,
to make our family another Nazareth
where love, peace and joy reign.
May it be deeply contemplative,
intensely eucharistic,
revived with joy.

Help us to stay together in joy
and sorrow in family prayer.
Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families,
especially in their distressing disguise.
May the eucharistic heart of Jesus 
make our hearts humble like his
and help us to carry out our family duties
in a holy way.
May we love one another
as God loves each one of us,
more and more each day,
and forgive each other’s faults
as you forgive our sins.
Help us, O Loving Father,
to take whatever you give
and give whatever you take with a big smile.
Amen.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta books: http://www.amazon.com/Mother-Teresa/e/B000AQ4VMM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1321832816&sr=1-2

 

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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