(Ed’s Note: Blessed Teresa (Mother Teresa of Calcutta) was not yet recognized as a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church at the time this article was originally published. She was in the process of beatification, the second step towards possible canonization, and has since become Saint Teresa of Calcutta, being Canonized in 2016 by Pope Francis in the Vatican City at Saint Peter’s Square. Teresa’s prayers will continue their powerful message for Roman Catholic believers throughout history. Saint Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and by 2012 her Religious Order had more than 4,500 nuns in 133 countries. The congregation manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, the poorest of the poor and among the most forgotten people on the face of the Earth. The Missionaries of Charity allows these people to die with dignity while being provided care.)
Blessed Teresa’s Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Another Prayer of Saint Teresa of Calcutta:
Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel
before You, since every perfect gift
must come from You.
I pray: Give skill to my hands, clear
vision to my mind, kindness and
meekness to my heart.
Give me singleness of purpose,
strength to lift up a part of the burden
of my suffering fellow men and a
true realization of the privilege
that is mine.
Take from my heart all guile and
worldliness that, with the simple faith
of a child, I may rely on You. Amen.
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