Sunday, August 6, 2017

Prayer: "Radiating Christ" by John Henry Cardinal Newman

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 be only 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 no longer see me but only you.
Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as you shine,
to shine so 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 that you love best, by shining on
those around me.

Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example,
by catching the force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you. Amen.