Monday, 27 July 2009

Radiating Christ

Thought I'd post one of my favourite prayers written by Cardinal Newman. It speaks something of JHN's comtemplative spirituality. A refreshing change from his 'heady' writing. I'm trying to set it to music at the moment. It's a great challenge.

If you've never been a fan of Newman his life is well worth studying. He followed his conscience, his 'Kindly Light', throughout his life, whatever the personal cost.
It led him into, and through, some difficult times.

This is the aspect of Newman's life I admire. This prayer became a favourite with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity

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 into 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 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 hears for You. Amen.

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