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Mother Teresa advised,
"Try to feel the need for prayer often during the day and take the trouble to pray. Prayer makes the heart large enough until it can contain God's gift of Himself. The following prayers we say every day from our prayerbook."

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  • "Deliver me, O Jesus,
    From the desire of being loved,
    From the desire of being extolled,
    From the desire to being honored,
    From the desire of being praised,
    From the desire of being preferred,
    From the desire of being consulted,
    From the desire of being approved,
    From the desire of being popular,
    From the fear of being humiliated,
    From the fear of being despised,
    From the fear of suffering rebukes,
    From the fear of being calumniated,
    From the fear of being forgotten,
    From the fear of being wronged,
    From the fear of being ridiculed,
    From the fear of being suspected.
    Amen."

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  • "Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go.
    Flood our souls with Your spirit and life.
    Penetrate and possess our whole being, so utterly,
    That our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.
    Shine through us, and be so in us,
    That every soul we come in contact with may feel Your presence in our soul.
    Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus!
    Stay with us, and then we shall begin to shine as You shine;
    So to shine as to be a light to others.
    The light O Jesus will be all from You, none of it will be ours;
    It will be You, shining on others through us.
    Let us thus praise You without preaching, not by words but by our example,
    By the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do,
    The evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to You.  Amen."

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  • "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
    where there is hatred let me sow love; 
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, light;
    where there is sadness, joy.
    Lord, may I not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love.
    Because it is in giving that we receive,
    in pardoning that we are pardoned. Amen."

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  • When I was hungry, you gave me food.
    When I was thirsty you gave me drink.
    Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to Me. 
    When I was a stranger, you opened your doors.
    When I was naked, you gave me clothes.
    When I was tired, you gave me peace.
    When I was frightened, you calmed me down.
    When I was lonely, you gave me your love.
    When I was sick or wounded, you took care of me.
    Looking for friendship, you gave me your hand.
    When I was old, you smiled at me. 
    When I couldn't find peace, you brought it to me.
    You were on my side in times of despair, and in the hour of joy, we were together. Amen

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Mother Teresa's United Nations Prayer
(Mother Teresa composed this prayer for the United Nations International Year of the Family)

  • "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."

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  • Mary, Mother of Jesus, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate,
    so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life,
    love Him as You loved Him, and serve Him as You served Him,
    in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor. Amen.

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  • Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy
    Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy
    Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy
    Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy
    Guide me then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen

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  • Remember, o most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence we fly to You, o virgin of the virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the word incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your clemency, hear and answer us. Amen.

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  • Lead me from death to life,
    from lies to truth
    Lead me from despair to hope
    from fear to trust
    Lead me from hatred to love
    from war to peace
    Let peace fill our heart, our world
    our universe with peace. Amen

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  • Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world, who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them today, through our hands, their daily bread and through our understanding love, give peace and joy. Amen

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  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord with with thee,
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, mother of God,
    Pray for us sinners,
    Now and at the hour of our death. Amen

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