Sunday, December 11, 2005

Prayer of Cardinal Newman

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 in the way which You love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by my words but by my example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You. Amen.


Anonymous said...

I find these words overwhelmingly beautyful& they fill my heart to overflowing . although Iam not a catholic I am C/E. I have great leanings towards the catholic faith... V.M.

J said...

My Uncle, Rev. Gerry Lafleur, said this prayer daily and he said it with me the day before he died,June 10, 2011. He asked that I share it during my homily thoughts at his funeral.
Thank you. Rev. Jerry Gingras