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Lent Day 3: Mother Teresa

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Each day of Lent (minus Sundays) we'll bring you words of wisdom from spiritual guides.

3. Mother Teresa: Dying and rising

Lord, help us to see in your Crucifixion and Resurrection an example of how to endure and seemingly to die in the agony and conflict of daily life so that we may live more fully and creatively.

You accepted patiently and humbly the rebuffs of human life, as well as the tortures of your Crucifixion and Passion. Help us to accept the pains and conflicts that come to us each day as opportunities to grow as people and become more like you. Enable us to go through them patiently and bravely, trusting that you will support us. Make us realize that it is only by frequent deaths of ourselves and our self-centered desires that we can come to live more fully; for it is only by dying with you that we can rise with you. (A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations, HarperSanFrancisco)

Mother Teresa (1910-97) founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and was beatified last year.

Find spiritual advice for Lent from other guides in 40 days to a new you.