Mother Teresa is one of the most celebrated personalities in the world. The contributions that she has made towards the poor and suffering have been noted and appreciated by people all over the globe. She was a person who never believed in holding on to money but helped others with whatever she had. The prayer below is widely held to be a “Miracle Prayer” because it was written in 1973 by a most unlikely individual, a well-known Atheist who became a Christian in 1981 while imprisoned in the Soviet Union..
This prayer is recited to pay homage to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the “saint of the gutters”, who took in thousands of needy, sick and dying people into her many homes for the destitute. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a Martyr – a woman who was murdered for putting her Christian faith into action. She believed in service to others, as she put it: “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” To ask God to honor Mother Teresa’s holiness through actions here on earth is to ask God to extend her spirit in the context of world events. This prayer emphasizes Mary’s role as “co-redemptrix,” or co-Redeemer with Christ. It also asks for intercession for the Church and for specific intentions selected by those praying.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu and often called Saint Agnes of Calcutta. A Roman Catholic nun, missionary, and charity worker, she won the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. I was going to explain why is Mother Teresa a lady worth praying to but then realized it would take too long and would be too complicated. People can read what they want on the Wikipedia. Glorious Saint Mother Teresa Of Calcutta, daughter of Living God, you showed us the way of service to mankind and the love for all of God’s creation. Through your care for humanity and your compassion for all people, you became a beacon of light in the darkness of this world. The world is in great need of your gentle guidance. We ask you to help us to serve our neighbors with joy and kindness everyday. We ask that you guide us to show mercy, generosity and forgiveness each day, so that we may be an example to all those around us, even in times when they are not deserving it. We thank you for answering the call to bring hope and healing to all around you. By your intercession may we increase in faith, hope and charity. Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen
Prayer To Mother Teresa Of Calcutta For A Miracle
Mother Teresa sought inspiration in daily prayer during a lifetime of Catholic devotion and service. Her beatification as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in 2003 made her one of the most beloved figures in the Church in recent memory. The daily prayer she recited reminds the faithful that by loving and caring for the neediest, they will be brought closer to Christ’s love.
Obtain from the Heart of Jesus… (here make your request). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.
Who Was Mother Teresa?
The woman would eventually become a Catholic saint was both Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Aug. 26, 1910—Sept. 5, 1997) in Skopje, Macedonia. She was raised in a devout Catholic home, where her mother would frequently invite the poor and destitute to eat dinner with them. At age 12, Agnes received what she later described as her first calling to serve the Catholic Church during a visit to a shrine. Inspired, she left her home at 18 to attend the Sisters of Loretto convent in Ireland, adopting the name Sister Mary Teresa.
In 1931, she began teaching at a Catholic school in Calcutta, India, focusing much of her energy on working with girls in the impoverished city. With her Final Profession of Vows in 1937, Teresa adopted the title of “mother,” as was customary. Mother Teresa, as she was now known, continued her work at the school, eventually becoming its principal.
It was a second calling from God that Mother Teresa said changed her life. During a trip across India in 1946, Christ commanded her to leave teaching behind and to serve the poorest and sickest residents of Calcutta. After completing her education service and receiving approval from her superiors, Mother Teresa began the work that would lead to her founding the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. She would spend the rest of her life among the poor and forsaken in India.
Her Daily Prayer
That spirit of Christian charity suffuses this prayer, which Mother Teresa prayed daily. It reminds us that the reason we care for the bodily needs of others is that our love for them makes us long to bring their souls to Christ.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy 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. Amen.
By reciting this daily prayer, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta reminds us that Christians must act as Christ did so that others may not only hear His words but may see Him in everything we do.
Faith in Action
To serve Christ, the faithful must be like Blessed Teresa and put their faith into action. At the Triumph of the Cross Conference in Asheville, N.C., in September 2008, Fr. Ray Williams told a story about Mother Teresa that illustrates this point well.
How To Pray The Flying Novena
In the Name of the Father,
and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.
Let us praise our God in veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
our Mother and Protector.
O Almighty and merciful God!
You have given the Church a wondrous help and defense
in the most holy Virgin Mary
and You have honored Her sacred image as the Black Madonna
with remarkable veneration of the faithful.
Grant in Your mercy that, under Her protection,
we may struggle confidently throughout our lives
and at the moment of death be victorious over our enemy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
O Black Madonna, our Mother and Queen of our nation!
Trusting in Your maternal goodness
and powerful intercession with Your Son,
we place before You our humble prayers and petitions.
To You we commend all our needs, in particular
[Mention your need(s) here…],
our families, and all children of our nation.
V: For Your presence and intercession
at the Shrine of the Black Madonna
and for the countless graces
You have obtained for us in the past,
R: We thank you, O Black Madonna, our Mother.
V: For Your gracious reign over our parish,
for Your powerful help throughout our history,
especially in times of difficulty and suffering,
R: We thank you, O Black Madonna, our Mother.V: For the maternal care with which You ever surround us,
leading us to Your Beloved son,
strengthening the faith in our hearts,
drawing sinners to conversion,
and comforting the sick,
In other words, the rational considerations of economics, in which every transaction must be able to be monetized, leave the neediest—the poor, the sick, the disabled, the elderly—behind. Christian charity rises above economic considerations, out of love for Christ and, through Him, for our fellow man.