God Speaks In Silence

“In the silence of our hearts, God speaks of His love; with our silence, we allow Jesus to love us.” ~ Mother Teresa

We are starting a novena to Bl. Teresa of Calcutta today, Aug. 27.  It will end on September 5, her feast day.

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta
(August 26, 1910 - September 5, 1997)

Beatification - October 19, 2003
Optional Memorial
September 5th

NOVENA TO BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Prayed each day of the Novena

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,

you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you,

and so became the light of His love to all.

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.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

“Jesus is my All in All”

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Complete meditations for this novena can be found here.

The bolded quotes are Mother Teresa’s words.

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First Day – Know the Living Jesus

Thought for the day:

“Don’t search for Jesus in far lands; He is not there. He is close to you; He is in you.”

Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Second Day –Jesus Loves You

Thought for the day:

“Do not be afraid - you are precious to Jesus. He loves you.”

Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Third Day – Hear Him Say to You: “I Thirst”

Thought for the day:

“Just think! God is thirsting for you and me to come forward to satiate His thirst.”

Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Fourth Day – Our Lady Will Help You

Thought for the day:

“How close we must keep to Our Lady who understood what depth of Divine Love was being revealed as she stood at the foot of the Cross and heard Jesus cry out: ‘I thirst.’

Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Fifth Day – Trust Jesus Blindly

Thought for the day:

“Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plenitude.

Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in the God’s power and love for you and for all.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Sixth Day - True Love is Surrender

Thought for the day:

“Allow God to use you without consulting you.”

Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Seventh Day – God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Thought for the day:

“Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Ask for the grace to find joy in loving and to share this joy with all you meet.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Eighth Day – Jesus Made Himself the Bread of Life and the Hungry One

Thought for the day:

“Believe that He, Jesus, is in the appearance of Bread and that He, Jesus, is in the hungry, naked, sick, lonely, unloved, homeless, helpless and hopeless.”

Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of Life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Ninth Day – Holiness is Jesus Living and Acting in Me

Thought for the day:

“Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness.”

Ask for the grace to become a saint.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

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