Novena to Bl. Teresa – Day 1

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The Liturgical feast of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is September 5, the anniversary of her death. 
The novena can start on August 27 and end on September 4 or start on August 28 and end on September 5.  
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FIRST DAY -- Know the Living Jesus
"Do you really know the living Jesus--not from books but from being with Him in your heart?"


"Am I convinced of Christ's love for me and mine for Him? This conviction is the rock on which sanctity is built. What must we do to get this conviction? We must know Jesus, love Jesus, serve Jesus. Knowledge will make you strong as death. We know Jesus through faith: by meditating on His Word in the Scriptures, by listening to Him speak through His Church, and through the intimate union of prayer."

"Seek Him in the tabernacle. Fix your eyes on Him who is the Light. Bring your hearts close to His Divine Heart and ask Him to grant you the grace of knowing Him."

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.

PRAYER TO BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA:
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 for 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.


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