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Lent Day 3: Mother Teresa

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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)

Reflection questions

1. What do you learn from the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ?

2. How can you become more like Christ?

3. What does it mean when Mother Teresa refers to “frequent deaths of ourselves”?

Mother Teresa (1910–1997) founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and was beatified.

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