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Mother Teresa’s Prayer of Compassion

225px-MotherTeresa_090.jpgThis beautiful prayer by Mother Teresa articulates for me what pure compassion looks like. If it were shorter, I’d have it memorized. (But my spiritual hard drive has very little memory–thus, the post-its and clutter around my desk.)
Dear Jesus,
Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with your Spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through us and be so in us
that every soul we come in contact with
may feel your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus.
Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from you.
None of it will be ours.
It will be you shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise you in the way you love best
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach you without preaching
not by words, but by our example
By the catching force
the sympathetic influence of what we do
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you.


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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nancy

    Hi Therese, I read your blog this morning about depression at work. It really hit home. I wanted to reread it and checked back a couple of times and can’t find it! Would really like to read it again!

    Thank you for your honesty and insight, always!


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Belleo

    That prayer Therese is definitely a keeper . Thanks !

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JenB

    Good morning – and what a way to start it with such a beautiful prayer! I have printed it out and it will go right into my “Christian Assurances” file. Thanks!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment barb

    hi therese, have you read the book, “Come Be My Light” by Mother Teresa? it’s a book about her private writings and it’s wonderful. if u haven’t, i emcourage you to do so. great reading! and great poetry by her today. as usual, you’re doing great!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edie

    What a lovely prayer, Therese! I have always felt an affinity with Mother Teresa since I first was introduced to her works when I was a child in CCD classes. I later discovered that she and I share the same birthday! She was truly one of the most selfless saints of our modern day time. I’m sure that you are aware that Pope Benedict XVI has waived the waiting period for sainthood for her, and she has already been beatified.
    Thanks for sharing her beautiful sentiment with your readers!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment siddigfan

    Reading this beautiful prayer made me think of how I’m just the lens through which God’s light is shining. All the brightness comes from Him and I just point the flashlight where it is dark to shine his light.PS. I would also appreciate prayers from anyone who is willing as I have been quite ill for two years now and am thirsty for prayers.Thank you!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anna

    Jesus Prayer – by Cardinal John Henry Newman (1901-1990)
    (Recited daily after Communion, by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her Sisters of Charity)

    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.

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