“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Mother, what would it take to be holy?”
Fr. Peter asked Mother Teresa, but wasn’t so sure he wanted to hear the answer. He says that upon asking this question, the story of the Rich Man from Mark’s Gospel came to life (Mark 10:17-22).
Mother Teresa looked at him and said,”Do you want to be holy?” and he knew that whatever she would say at that particular point would be
She said,”Take whatever Jesus gives, and give whatever He takes with a big smile…. and love Jesus through Mary.”
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 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. Amen.