Prayer of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Brother John Raymond

	A great model of prayer in the midst of activity is St. (Oh, I
 meant Mother. With her it's easy to slip) Teresa of Calcutta. She
 couldn't be more active and yet she remains so contemplative.
	It is hard to find Mother Teresa without the rosary in her hands.
 One time when she was being filmed on a talk show a strange noise
 kept coming over the microphone. The technicians discovered that the
 microphone under the table was picking up Mother's fingers sliding
 over her rosary beads there. I hope her rosary beads are guaranteed
 for a lot of wear and tear as she certainly puts them to use.
	Besides the rosary Mother Teresa "sees" Jesus in everything she
 does and in every person she meets. This is another way she keeps
 herself in a continual state of prayer. Keeping oneself focused on
 Jesus is prayer. It is a living faith and not just an intellectual
 one. So when Mother Teresa gives a poor person something to drink
 she does it with a faith filled attitude that she is giving Jesus
 something to drink. Didn't Our Lord say that what we do for our
 neighbor is done for Him!
	Mother Teresa does not like to have her picture taken. But as a
 sacrifice she has offered every picture taken for the salvation of a
 soul - imagine how many souls she has saved. Through prayer and a
 constant orientation towards Jesus Mother Teresa transforms ordinary
 actions into supernatural ones. She has really put St. Paul's advice
 into practice to do everything for the glory of God. She does more
 than just saying prays. Mother Teresa has transformed her daily life
 into one continuous prayer. Her choices, her thoughts, her words,
 everything is directed or redirected toward God. This relationship
 with God that Mother Teresa has developed in her own life has
 developed over time and I'm sure with effort on her part. How
 beautiful that she could say, "I've never refused God anything." No
 wonder she has soared to such sanctity. Would that the rest of us
 could make such a statement.
	Mother Teresa is not embarrassed to be a Catholic. She doesn't
 hide that she is one even in front of the United Nations assembly.
 You couldn't get a more Catholic and faith-filled prayer than the
 one she recently composed in a message for the United Nations
 International Year of the Family. Mother Teresa has called everyone
 to unite in prayer for the family during this special year. Here is
 the United Nations' prayer she composed:

	"Heavenly Father, you have given us a model of life in the Holy
 Family of Nazareth. Help us, O loving Father to make our family
 another Nazareth where love, peace and joy reign. May it be deeply
 contemplative, intensely Eucharistic and vibrant with joy.
	Help us to stay together in joy and sorrow through family prayer.
 Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our family especially in
 their distressing disguise. May the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus make
 our hearts meek and humble like His and help us to carry out our
 family duties in a holy way.
	May we love one another as God loves each one of us more and more
 each day, and forgive each other's faults as You forgive our sins.
	Help us, O loving Father to take whatever You give and to give
 whatever You take with a big smile.
	Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us. St.
 Joseph, pray for us. Holy Guardian Angels be always with us, guide
 and protect us. Amen."