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The Antidote to the Young Man's Sadness


With Jesus, for Jesus, to Jesus.  Jesus, come into my heart.  Pray in me and with me that I may learn from you how to pray.

motherteresaprayingJesus present in my heart, I adore you, I love you.  Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love for me.  I love you.  Jesus in my heart, I believe in your faithful love for me.  I love you.  Jesus, I am grateful to you for all you have given me.  I also offer you everything.  I belong to you, Jesus.  Because I belong to you, I want to give everything in me to you.  Use me to the full.  Don't mind my feelings so long as I remain completely yours.  Lord, don't allow my feelings to spoil the beautiful handiwork you have begun in my soul.  Cut me into pieces.  Every piece will be yours.

Humility of the Heart of Jesus, fill my heart.  Purity of the Heart of Jesus, purify my heart.  Charity of the Heart of Jesus, fill my heart.  Jesus, I am here, love me!  Since I cannot burn inside for love of you, I offer you the heat that I feel outside.  Let me touch what you want me to touch.  Let me see what you want me to see.  Jesus, take away everything that is not you.  I want my heart to be like Mary's heart.  I will be all for Jesus through Mary.

Jesus, for love of you.  In the name of Jesus and for the love of Jesus and because Jesus has said it, "that if anything we ask you in his name will be granted," grant me the grace to love you only, the grace of making my heart like the Heart of Jesus, meek and humble.  In union with all the Masses being offered throughout the Catholic world, I offer you my heart, make it meek and humble like yours.



Mother Teresa, "The Antidote to the Young Man's Sadness." from The Writings of Mother Teresa of Calcutta (The Mother Teresa Center).

Reprinted under a fair use provision. 

The Author

teresa2Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta) was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, to Albanian heritage. She founded the Missionaries of Charity which in 2015 consisted of 5,161 sisters serving in 758 houses in 139 countries. She described herself in this way: "By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus." Among her books are A Call to Mercy,  Jesus is My All in All, Come Be My Light, and Where There Is Love, There Is God.

Copyright © 1998 Mother Teresa Center
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