Daily Reflection
May 10th, 2000
John Horn, S.J.
Institute for Priestly Formation
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Acts 8:1-8
Psalms 66:1-7
John 6:35-40

“The members of the church who had been dispersed went about preaching the word.  Philip, for example went down to the town of Samaria and there proclaimed the Messiah.”

Acts 8:1-8

This statement reminds us of our call to preach and to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.  Surely we all have or will have opportunities to speak publicly, to teach or to share a practical story in faith. 

These words from Scripture act upon us to encourage us.  Relying on the Holy Spirit, alive in our hearts and in the heart of the Church, we need not shy away from opportunities to preach and proclaim Jesus’ living presence so desiring to be our food and our everyday nourishment.

Our silent words, however, preach most effectively the words that we speak and radiate by the manner in which we live.  There is a beautiful prayer written by Cardinal John Henry Newman and popularized by Mother Theresa that expresses my own hopes and a powerful spirituality of the Word becoming flesh in us.  It provides in itself an amazing reflection.  Let’s make it our own prayer:


Dear 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 radiance of yours.  Shine through us, and be so in us, that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul.  Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus!  Stay with us, and 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 of it will be ours; it will be you, shining on others through us.  Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us.  Let us preach you without preaching, not by words but by our example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fulness of the love our hearts bear to you.  Amen.    

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