Daily Prayers for September 10

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910 – 1997)

Mother Teresa was born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Albania. She joined the Sisters of Loreto, a Catholic religious order, at eighteen. After years of prayer and monastic discipline, she heard a “call within the call” to minister to Christ among the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. Moved with compassion for -people who were dying in the streets, Mother Teresa took them in and gave them basic care. With no resources or established programs, she begged for food and supplies to care for those she welcomed. When others came to help her, she started the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. For nearly half a century, she committed herself, and the movement she led, to serving Christ in his most distressing disguise among the poor, the sick, the orphaned, and the dying.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Ubi Caritas”

Give us grace to be poor with your poor : and to love you among the dejected.

Psalm 51:16 20

Open my lips, O Lord : and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice : but you take no delight in burnt offerings.

The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit : a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Be favorable and gracious to Zion : and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices, with burnt offerings and oblations : then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.

Give us grace to be poor with your poor : and to love you among the dejected.

Hosea 2:2 – 14 Matthew 6:19 – 24

Give us grace to be poor with your poor : and to love you among the dejected.

Mother Teresa said, “We can do not great things, only small things with great love. What is important is not how much you do, but how much love you put into doing it.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, teach us the distinction between the brokenness that leads us to squander our gifts and the brokenness that leads us to seek and find you, even in the most desolate places. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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