Radiating Light. . . the image above and these two words bring joy to one’s soul. What does “Radiating Light” mean in the spiritual realm?
Well, I believe the great St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta understood what it meant to radiate light in a world filled with darkness. Her words are uplifting and filled with truth as she shares her thoughts with us:
“I wish to live in this world, which is so far from God, which has turned so much from the light of Jesus, to help them, our poor – to take upon me something of their sufferings. For only by being one with them can we redeem them – that is, by bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God. Even God cannot force Himself on anyone who does not want Him. Faith is a gift.”
Behind this image of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta coming down the stairs, you will see the Crucifix with words from the Heart of Jesus: “I Thirst.”
Yes, He thirsts, more than ever now. “His followers, the called, the chosen, the faithful (Rev. 17:14) are now receiving their marching orders to get out into the world of darkness and be “radiating light” to those in need.
Our motives should be the one that Jesus had, “I have come from heaven not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me.” (John 6:38)
That is exactly how St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta lived, didn’t she? That is what made her a great Saint on the fast track! One of the ways she and her sisters would begin their day was to pray the prayer of Cardinal Newman after they received Holy Communion. It is a very beautiful prayer and I would like to offer it to all of you today:
Shine Through Me
Help me speak 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 be only 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 will begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to 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 that You love best,
by shining on those around 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 bears for You.
We Have Been Called
We have been called to be that “radiating light” to our sisters and brothers and to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells us in John:16-32, “The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, every man to his home, and will leave me alone; yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In this world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
This little passage is part of Christ’s priestly prayer to His Father in John’s Gospel. It is the longest recorded in the Gospels. He was praying that his followers would faithfully reflect his own intimate union with the Father. The Lord wanted the Apostles to radiate light and happiness characteristic of the Life of Christ.
We, too, are called to “radiate light!” Let us go forth as St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta did with the Sisters of Charity each new day. Let us pray the “Shine Through Me” prayer as our mantra each morning and, in this way, we will be quenching the Lord Jesus Christ’s thirst! Amen!!!!
©2020 Anita Guariglia
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St. Mother Teresa’s Words and
Prayer of Cardinal Newman taken from
“In the Heart of the World” by Mother Teresa
Scripture and Footnotes taken from Didache Bible