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Your Heart Was with Jesus

O Mary, I wish I could see how
you used to behave toward father and mother,
especially toward St. Anne;
and then how you behaved toward the priests of the temple;
and then toward St. Joseph;
and toward St. Elizabeth,
and St. John the Baptist;
and afterwards toward the Apostles,
especially toward St. John.
I should see how sweet and lovely
you were to every one of them;
but still your heart was with Jesus only.
And they would all feel and understand this,
however kind you were to them.

Amen.

Prayer to St. Luke for Physicians

Most charming and saintly Physician,
you were animated by the heavenly Spirit of love.
In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus,
you also showed his divinity
and his genuine compassion for all human beings.

Inspire our physicians with your professionalism
and with the divine compassion for their patients.
Enable them to cure the ills of both body
and spirit that afflict so many in our day.

Amen.

Return to Myanmar

Before making my final profession, I made a retreat. During this retreat I had to decide whether to finalize my commitment as a Columban Sister or to take another way of life. St. John’s Gospel was my companion during the retreat and the text John 17:19 – “For their sakes I consecrate myself ” – empowered

Bless Our Father

God our Father,
In Your wisdom and love You made all things.
Bless our father.
Let the example of his faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, his family, may honor him always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Compassion

Dear Jesus, at times we get caught up
in the tasks of doing things.
The busyness of our lives may harden us.
We act as if our value and worth
depend on accomplishments.
We fail to appreciate the gift of life
and who we are.
You remind us that we are to become
like little children – open to being, open to life.
Help us to cherish your love for us as we are,
so that in turn we may show a tender
compassionate heart to others.

Amen.

- By a Columban Missionary

Prayer to St. Teresa of Avila

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself
to be guided by You, always follow Your plans,
and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.
Grant that in all things, great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever You require of me.
Help me respond to the slightest prompting
of Your Grace, so that I may be Your
trustworthy instrument for Your honor.
May Your Will be done in time and in eternity
by me, in me, and through me.

Amen.

The Cross of Christ

Mary, Mother of Mercy, watch over all people,
that the Cross of Christ may not be emptied of its power,
that man may not stray from the path of good
or become blind to sin, but may put his hope
ever more fully in God who is rich in mercy.
May he carry out the good works prepared by God
beforehand and so live completely for the praise of His glory.

Amen.

Mission to “The Shire”

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit…and his name was Baggins.”

“My name is Teresa Chuah Hui- Ling. I am from Penang in Malaysia.”

What could possibly connect these two statements? Actually, quite a lot.

The first is the opening line of “The Hobbit,” written in 1937 by J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973). This book and its sequel, “The Lord of the Rings,” became two

We Bless You

We bless You,
God of Seed and Harvest
and we bless each other
that the beauty of this world
and the love that created it
might be expressed through our lives
and be a blessing to others
now and always.

Amen.

Because of You

Heavenly Father, today is one of those days
when I want to reach out with You
and touch a bright, distant star,
to hold it in a quiet, loving way,
knowing it symbolizes many dreams
that I have known because of You.