Mother Teresa is known for a great many things. For me, I will always know her as the one who began with “Dear Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go.”
There is nothing more beautiful than imagining that beautiful scent, like the fragrance of your favourite meal wafting through the house. How we love to recreate that comforting smell and share it with the ones we love. So too, we are called to bring the comforting, beautiful fragrance of Jesus where ever we go.
This prayer, originally by John Henry Cardinal Newman but adapted by Mother Teresa’s is one to be meditated over. Each sentence bringing new meaning to how we should live our life. Using Mother Teresa as our inspiration to living, may this prayer inspire you to great holiness too.
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 shall 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 the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
By the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
The evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.