I Thirst

I Thirst

John 19:28
From the perspective of Christ on the cross

(In every chapel of the Missionaries of Charity, the words “I Thirst” are placed next to the crucifix, reminding each sister of her 4th vow to satiate Christ’s thirst for souls through “wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.”)

I thirst not for water,
I thirst for belief,
I thirst for your gaze to wash over me. I’m lonely and broken,
I’m weary, forsaken--
Why have you abandoned me?

I thirst for your hunger,
I thirst for your love,
I thirst for your body to drink of my Blood.
I thirst for repentance,
I thirst for belief,
I thirst for you
To come...

Let me drink of your tears,
The tears of your soul.
Nothing else brings relief until you know
I am crying from the cross,
I will not come down--
I’d do it all over again so that you could be found in me.

Come be my light to the poor.
Come and carry me; I cannot go alone.
They don’t know me; they don’t want me.
Will you go?
How I long to enter and grant salvation To their souls...

All who labor and are burdened,
come to me. Drink the living water flowing, come to me.
Come.

Lyrics for "I Thirst" © The Mother Teresa Center, exclusive licensee throughout the world of the Missionaries of Charity for the works of Mother Teresa, used with permission, and Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications. Music writ- ten by Danielle Rose, Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

Of My Free Will

Luke 9:57
(The refrain of this song is the prayer written by Mother Teresa, offered each morning by the Missionaries of Charity as they put on their sandals).

Of my free will
I will follow you wherever you go
In search of souls,
At any cost to myself
And out of pure love of you.

I will follow you to the desert,
I will follow you to the sea,
I will follow you, dear Jesus, to your death on Calvary.
Take me to the places your love is still unknown.
Take me with you, Jesus--that is where I want to go.

I’ll search in every valley,
I’ll search through streets and slums.
I’ll search for every living soul until your kingdom comes.
Take me to the places your love is still unknown,
Take me with you, Jesus--that is where I want to go.

Lyrics for "Of My Free Will" © The Mother Teresa Center, exclusive licensee throughout the world of the Missionaries of Char- ity for the works of Mother Teresa, used with permission, and Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications. Music written by Danielle Rose, Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

Mary's Heart

Luke 3:51
(This song is a prayer written by Mother Teresa. It is prayed by the Missionaries of Charity to prepare their hearts to receive Jesus in the poorest of the poor.)

O Mary, Mother of Jesus,
Give me your heart
That I might receive Jesus.

Give me your heart,
So beautiful, so pure,
So immaculate, so full of love and humility.

Give me your heart,
To love Him as you loved Him,
And serve Him as you served Him,
In the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor.

In the Bread of Life,
In the poorest of the poor,
In distressing disguise,
In Christ our Lord.

Lyrics for "Mary's Heart" © The Mother Teresa Center, exclusive licensee throughout the world of the Missionaries of Charity for the works of Mother Teresa, used with permission, and Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications. Music written by Danielle Rose, Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com . 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

You Did It To Me

Matthew 25:35-40
(Mother Teresa preached the Gospel of Matthew 25 with her life. When people asked Mother Teresa for advice and wisdom, she would often hold out her hand and point to each finger, saying, “You. Did. It. To. Me.”)

I was hungry and you gave me food,
Thirsty and you gave me drink.
I was homeless and you took me in.
You fed me with the bread of love,
You let me drink the cup of peace.
You gave me shelter in your joyful heart.

Truly I say to you,
Whatever you did unto one of the least
You did it to me.

I was naked and you clothed me,
Sick and you took care of me,
In prison and you came to visit me.
You clothed me with compassion,
You healed me with your gentle touch.
Your presence freed my chains of loneliness.

This is Christ in distressing disguise.
We do it for Jesus.

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, February 2003. Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com . 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

Small Things with Great Love

Luke 10:21
(Mother Teresa was named after St Therese of Lisieux, ‘The Little Flower,’ patron of missionaries, who taught Mother Teresa to do small things with great love.)

Not to the learned nor to the kings,
But to the little ones you show the mysteries.
I rejoice when I am weak, for you will give me all I need.
Though I cannot fly, you carry me to heaven.

You have not called me to be successful;
You have called me to be faithful.

I can do small things with great love--
That is enough.
I can do small things with great love
And make my life something beautiful for God.

One drop in the ocean,
One petal in the garden,
One hidden sacrifice,
One reason for my life,
One dance before your throne,
One child to give a home,
One step towards Calvary,
One touch of empathy.

Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.

Be faithful in small things,
For in them our strength lies.

Lyrics for "Small Things With Great Love" © The Mother Teresa Center, exclusive licensee throughout the world of the Mission- aries of Charity for the works of Mother Teresa, used with permission, and Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications. Music for Small Things with Great Love, Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, and Jeff Thomas Publishing/SESAC.

Holy Family

Matthew 18:20
(Although it is a blessing to go around the world to serve those who are in need, Mother Teresa often reminded us that it is more important to love and serve those right next to us, especially our family.)

O loving Father, make our home
A Nazareth where you may reign,
A holy family of love
Where Jesus’ manger lays.

Help us to stay together, Lord,
In joy and sorrow as we pray,
Teach us to see Christ in disguise
Upon each other’s face.

Where two or more are gathered, you reside.
Mary, be our Mother;
Joseph, be our guide
To make your Son the center of our lives.
Jesus, may your name be glorified.

We gather round our table blessed
To share the Heavenly Bread He gave
To strengthen us that we might serve
Our family with grace.

To love each other as you love,
With humble hearts and patient faith.
And to forgive each other’s faults
As Jesus Christ forgave.

Help us to take whatever you give
And give whatever you take from us,
With smiles upon our faces
As we place our trust in you.

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, December 2005. Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

Litany Of Humility

Traditional prayer
(The Missionaries of Charity pray this litany each week. May we seek to become humble like little children.)

From the desire of being esteemed,
From the desire of being loved,
From the desire of being extolled,
From the desire of being honored,
From the desire of being praised,
From the desire of being preferred,
From the desire of being approved,
From the desire of being consulted,

Deliver me, O Jesus.

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,

Deliver me, O Jesus.

That others be loved more than I,
Others esteemed more than I,
Others increase and I decrease in the world’s eyes,
That others be chosen and I set aside,
Others praised and I unnoticed,
Others be preferred in everything,
That others become holier than I,
Provided that I may become as holy as I should,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Meek and humble of heart, Jesus.
Meek and humble of heart, hear us.
Meek and humble of heart, Jesus.

Music written by Danielle Rose, November 2005. Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publica- tions, www.wlpmusic.com 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

Love Until It Hurts

Philippians 2:6-11
(Each day after receiving Holy Communion, the Missionaries of Charity recite the prayer of Pope Paul VI: the verses of this song.)

Love until it hurts,
Until we feel their pain,
To love the way you love,
And give the way you gave
Your life for us,
To understand our pain,
Emptying yourself,
You became a slave.

Make us worthy, Lord,
To serve our fellow men
Throughout the world
Who live and die
In poverty and hunger.

Give them through our hands
This day their daily bread,
And by our understanding love
Give peace and joy.
Lord, help us.

Lyrics for "Love Until It Hurts" © The Mother Teresa Center, exclusive licensee throughout the world of the Missionaries of Charity for the works of Mother Teresa, used with permission, and Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publica- tions. Music written by Danielle Rose, Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

The Joy of the Lord

Nehemiah 8:10, 2 Corinthians 9:7
(Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. The words from this song are woven together from Scripture and Mother Teresa’s message about the importance of serving Jesus with a smile.)

The joy of the Lord is our strength
His love I will deliver
God loves a cheerful giver
The joy of the Lord is our strength

Never let anyone come to you
Without leaving better and happier.
Everyone should see goodness in your face,
In your eyes, in your smile, in your life.

Keep the joy of loving God in your heart
And share this joy with everyone you meet.

We will never know how much a smile can do To spread love and peace.

Amen, Amen, Amen!

Lyrics for "The Joy of the Lord" © The Mother Teresa Center, exclusive licensee throughout the world of the Missionaries of Charity for the works of Mother Teresa, used with permission, and Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publica- tions. Music written by Danielle Rose, Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

If I Touch Him

Luke 8:40-56; Mark 5:25-43
(Mother Teresa reached out to heal the ‘untouchable’ souls with the love of Christ. Just as the woman reached out to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, we too can be healed through the power of His true presence in the Eucharist.)

I was hiding in the crowd, hoping no one saw my face.
I wanted to be close to him; I knew that he alone could save.
So I went right up behind him, unworthy of his gaze,
Untouchable me seeking merciful grace.
I have spent my whole life desperate, searching for a cure.
For twelve years I’ve been cast out, ashamed, and oh so poor.

If I touch him He will heal my heart that bleeds.
If I touch him He will give me all I need.
If I stretch my hand to touch His garment’s hem,
I believe that I will be made whole again.

“Who has touched me?” Jesus said, then He looked around to see.
“For I know that power has gone to the one who has believed.”
While everyone denied that they had taken grace from Him,
I knew I must confess that He had changed me from within.
In the presence of the people, I came forward to be known.
Trembling, I fell on my knees before the living throne.

When I touched you, Lord, you healed my heart that bled.
When I touched you, Lord, you gave me peace instead.
When I stretched my hand to touch your garment’s hem,
Then your love, oh Lord, it made me whole again.

When I told him the whole truth, then he spoke these words to me:
“Daughter, your faith has saved you. Now go and live in peace.”
Then the child within my soul that I had thought died long ago
Was raised again to life and I felt joy within my bones.
Then I ran to tell the blind, the lame, the brokenhearted and ashamed,
The rich, the poor, the young, the old, the truth that must be told.

If you touch him, He will heal your heart that bleeds
If you touch him, He will give you all you need
If you stretch your hands to touch the Bread of Heaven,
Do you believe that He will make you whole again?

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, November 2005. Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Li- brary Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

The Bride

Genesis 2:23-24
(Mother Teresa’s spousal union with Christ was the source of her fidelity in serving the poorest of the poor. Married to Christ, she became the mother of all His children.)

Here I am‚ I offer you my hand.
The hour has arrived to celebrate our wedding feast.
And I know this was the Father’s plan:
I was born to live for you were born to die for me.

Walking down the aisle I long to come to thee.
You are waiting there to marry me.
Walking down the aisle I long to come receive
Your body, blood, soul, and divinity.

I am your bride,
I am one with my Beloved Crucified.
As you offer me your Body, I offer you my life.
Now and always, I am your yours-
I am your bride.

As you lift the veil before my eyes,
You gaze into my soul and say, “Beloved, you are mine.”
And I know you take me as I am,
Loving me with all my sin you take me by the hand.

In my vows to you and yours to me,
Our covenant declared eternally.
Laying down our lives we consummate our love.
I cleave to you and to the cross.

This one is at last bone of my bones.
United as one flesh, our love becomes a home
Where every child is welcome in our love’s embrace.
Their lives reveal their Father’s face.

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, December 2005. Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Li- brary Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

Shine Through Us

(These are the words of the prayer, Radiating Christ, which is recited by the Missionaries of Charity each day after receiving Jesus in the Eucharist.)

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 you.

Shine through us
And be so in us
That every soul we meet
May feel your presence in our soul

Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus.
Stay with us, 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 from us.

It will be you shining on others through us.
Let us preach you without preaching, not by words but by example.
Let us praise you by shining on those around us,
By the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do,
The evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you.

Lyrics for "Shine Through Us" are based on the words of John Henry Cardinal Newman. Music written by Danielle Rose, Copy- right © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

Psalm 98

A despairing lament
(This song represents Mother Teresa’s dark night of the soul, because it is the prayer Jesus himself would have prayed in his trials. Mother Teresa was one of a number of holy saints, who, in their union with God, fully comprehended Jesus’ words, “Father, why have you abandoned me?” To learn more about Mother Teresa’s spiritual trials, consult the book by Fr Brian Kolodiejchuck, MC, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light.)

Lord, my God, I call by day;
At night I cry aloud.
Let my prayer before you come;
Incline your ear to my cry.
For my soul is filled with troubles;
My life draws near to the grave.
I am reckoned as one in the tomb;
I, Love reached the end of my strength

Like the slain lying in their graves,
Like one among the dead,
Like those you remember no more,
You, Love laid me in the depths.
Imprisoned I cannot escape;
My eyes grow dim with grief.
Your wrath lies heavy upon me, Lord;
Your waves crash over me.

Is your love proclaimed in the grave?
Your fidelity in the tomb?
Lord, I call to you for help;
I stretch out my hands to you.
Why do you reject me, Lord?
Why hide from me your face?
Friend and neighbor you, Love taken away;
My only friend is darkness.

Lyrics for Psalm 88: scripture excerpts are adapted from the New American Bible, © copyright 1970 Confraternity of Christine Doctrine, INc, Washington DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be repro- duced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright holder. Music written by Danielle Rose, Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com 3708 River Rd, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.

Memorare

Traditional prayer
(Mother Teresa considered this to be her “never-fail novena.” In times of urgent need, she would ask for Mary’s intercession by praying the Memorare 9 times, because she knew that Jesus would not deny the request of His mother.)

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, That never was it known that anyone
Who fled to thy protection,
Implored thy help or sought thine intercession Was left unaided.

Hear and answer us.

Inspired by this confidence
We fly unto thee, Virgin of Virgins, our mother, To thee do we come,
Before thee we stand,
Sinful and sorrowful.

Hear and answer us.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, Despise not our petitions,
But in thy mercy
Hear and answer us.

Hear and answer us.

Music written by Danielle Rose, Copyright © 2007 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications,
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