Mother Teresa Novena Aug 26- Sept 4
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 the grace to love Him and to allow myself to be loved by Him.
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.
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.”
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.
SECOND DAY: "JESUS LOVES YOU"
“The devil may try use hurts of life, and sometimes our own mistakes, to make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you, is really cleaving to you. This is a danger for all of us. And so sad, because it is completely opposite of what Jesus is really wanting, waiting to tell you…He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy.” “Jesus loves you tenderly, you are precious to Him. Turn to Jesus with great trust and allow yourself to be loved by Him. The past belongs to His mercy, the future to His providence, and the present to His love.”
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.
THIRD DAY: "HEAR HIM SAY TO YOU I THIRST "
“In His agony, in His pain, in His loneliness He said very clearly, ‘Why have You forsaken Me?’ He was so terribly lonely and forsaken and suffering on the Cross….At this most difficult time He proclaimed, ‘I thirst.’… And the people thought He was thirsty in an ordinary way and they gave Him vinegar straight-away; but it was not that He thirsted for – it was for our love, our affection, that intimate attachment to Him, and that sharing of His passion. And it is strange that He used such a word. He used, ‘I thirst’ instead of ‘Give Me your love.’…The thirst of Jesus on the Cross is not imagination. It was a word: ‘I thirst.’ Let us hear Him saying it to me and saying it to you…It is really a gift of God.”
“If you listen with your heart, you will hear, you will understand…Until you know deep inside that Jesus thirsts for you, you can’t begin to know who He wants to be for you. Or who He wants you to be for Him.”
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.
FOURTH DAY: "OUR LADY WILL HELP YOU"
“How much we need Mary to teach us what it means to satiate God’s Thirsting Love for us, which Jesus came to reveal to us. She did it so beautifully. Yes, Mary allowed God to take possession of her life by her purity, her humility, and her faithful love….Let us seek to grow, under the guidance of our Heavenly Mother, in these three important interior attitudes of soul that delight the Heart of God and enable Him to unite Himself to us, in and through Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is in doing so that, like Mary our Mother, we will allow God to take full possession of our whole being – and through us God will be able to reach out His Thirsting Love to all we come in contact with, especially the poor.”“If we stand with Our Lady, she will give us her spirit of loving trust, total surrender, and cheerfulness.”
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.
FIFTH DAY: "TRUST JESUS BLINDLY"
“Love Him trustfully without looking back, without fear. Give yourself fully to Jesus. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His Love than in your weakness. Believe in Him, trust in Him with blind and absolute confidence because He is Jesus.”
“In all sincerity we must be able to look up and say: “I can do all thing in Him who strengthens me. ‘Because of this assertion of St. Paul, you must have a certain confidence in doing your work – or rather God’s work – well, efficiently, even perfectly, with Jesus and for Jesus. Be also convinced that you by yourself can do nothing, have nothing, but sin, weakness and misery, that all the gifts of nature and of grace which you have, you have them from God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plentitude.”
ASK FOR THE GRACE TO HEAR AN UNSHAKEABLE TRUST IN GOD’S POWER AND LOVE FOR YOU AND FOR ALL .
SIXTH DAY: "TRUE LOVE IS SURRENDER"
’I thirst’ has no meaning unless through total surrender I give all to Jesus”
“How easy it is to conquer God! We give ourselves to God, then God is ours, and there is nothing more ours than God. For if we surrender to Him, we shall possess Him as He possesses Himself, that is, we shall live His own life. The money with which God repays our surrender is Himself. We become worthy of possessing Him when we abandon ourselves to Him in a supernatural way. True love is surrender. The more we love the more we surrender.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Allow God to use you without consulting you
ASK FOR THE GRACE TO SURRENDER YOUR WHOLE LIFE TO GOD
SEVENTH DAY: "GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER"
To bring joy in our very soul the good God has given Himself to us…Joy is not simply a matter of temperament: in the service of God and souls, it is always hard – all the more reason why we should try to acquire it and make it grown in our hearts.
Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch many souls. God loves a cheerful giver. He gives most, who gives with joy. If in the work you have difficulties and you accept them with joy, with a big smile, in this like in any other things others will see your good work and glorify the Father. The best way to show your gratitude to God and people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love.”
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 EVERYONE YOU MEET
EIGHTH DAY: "JESUS MADE HIMSELF THE BREAD OF LIFE AND THE HUNGRY ONE"
“He proved His love to us by giving His own life, His own being ‘He being rich became poor’ for you and for me. He gave Himself totally. He died on the Cross. But before He died He made Himself the Bread of Life to satisfy our hunger for love, for Him. He said, “Unless you eat My Flesh and drink My blood you cannot have life eternal.’ And the greatness of that love of His, made Him the hungry one, and He said, ‘I was hungry and you fed, and unless you feed Me you cannot enter eternal life.’ That is the giving of Christ.
And today God keeps on loving the world, He keeps on sending you and me to prove that he loves the world, that he still that compassion for the world. It is we who have to be His love, His compassion in the world today. But to be able to love we must have faith, for faith in action is love, and love in action is service. That is why Jesus made Himself the Bread of Life, that we may be able to eat and live and be able to see Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.”
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.
NINTH DAY: "HOLINESS IS JESUS LIVING AND ACTING IN ME"
“Our works of charity are nothing but the overflow of our love of God from within. Therefore, the one who is most united to Him loves her neighbor most.”
We must become holy not because we want to feel holy, but because Christ must be able to live His life fully in us.” “Let us spend ourselves with Him and for Him. Let Him see with your eyes, speak with your tongue, work with your hands, walk with your feet, think with your head and love with your heart. Is this not perfect union, a continual loving prayer? God is our loving Father. Let your light of love so shine before man that seeing your good works (the washing, sweeping, cooking, loving your husband and the children) they may glorify the Father.”
“Be holy. Holiness is the easiest way to satiate Jesus’ thirst, His for you and yours for Him.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness.”
ASK FOR THE GRACE TO BECOME A SAINT.