I have been taking the children to Catechesis of the Good Shepherd apostolate of the Missionaries of Charity here in Baton Rouge. While the children are in the atrium for their class, Gianna and I spend time in the sisters’ little chapel, and we visit with the other waiting parents and any sisters taking a short break from their evening chores. We also usually play long games of Chase-the-Eighteen-Month-Old up and down the long main hallway, with the sisters in the kitchen occasionally peeking out to coo and giggle at my admittedly adorable offspring.
Not surprisingly, these last few months I have subconsciously been recalling what I know of Blessed Mother Teresa’s spirituality and that of her order. One of my favorite things from her, which I first heard in high school, is her Fragrance Prayer:
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 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.
The spirituality of Mother Teresa is so evident in every Missionary of Charity I have met. They all have big smiles, genuine concern for others, incredible work ethic, and just a beaming kind of beauty that is hard to describe. I gravitate toward that in others, and I really seek this kind of living in my own spirituality.
If we are actually and truly growing in our faith, then we can’t help but give testimony to the Holy Spirit’s work in us with our warmth, our affection, our enthusiasm, and our thoughtfulness. What is more, it seems to me that the evidence of God’s work in our hearts will always show in our attitudes towards our duties, towards our crosses, and towards those around us.
Something to think about.:) Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!