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Radiating Christ Prayer

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.

The Radiating Christ Prayer, by then Blessed Cardinal Newman, was recited daily after Communion by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her Sisters of Charity. Cardinal Newman, an Anglican priest, who converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845 at age 44, and was subsequently ordained a Catholic priest. Cardinal Newman was declared a saint by Pope Francis October 13, 2019.

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