Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) ON PRAYER – II

[This is the ? 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 her, visit the Saint of the Day blog on the right column of this blog.]

Everything starts from prayer.

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

We must become holy, not because we want to feel holy, 
but because Christ must be able to live his life fully in us.”

You can pray while you work. 
Work doesn’t stop prayer and prayer doesn’t stop work. 
It requires only that small raising of the mind to Him.

If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen: 
for in the silence of the heart God speaks.

A Prayer Written by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta 
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. 
Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. 
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly 
that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. 
Shine through me and be so in me that every soul 
I come in contact with may feel Thy 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. Amen.

[Stained glass window with painted detail designed , manufactured and installed in the Holy Cross Catholic Church in District Six , Cape Town , South Africa . It is a depiction of Mother Teresa during her visit in 1988 and is the vision of the artist Daniel de Klerk , owner of D R Art Glass Studio in Calitzdorp , South Africa .  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.]

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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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