In preparing for our upcoming Bible Study, Cardinal Newman’s ‘Fragrance Prayer’ came to mind. The lesson is on this Sunday’s readings, including the gospel about the Transfiguration.
We will be doing a little craft, taking a silhouette of Jesus cut from construction paper to make a sun catcher with tissue paper behind it. I will have our residents tape or staple this beautiful, little prayer beneath it.
I wanted to share the prayer here as well:
help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go;
Flood my soul with your spirit and life;
Penetrate and possess my whole being
so completely that all my life may be
only a radiance of yours;
Shine through me and be so in me
That everyone with whom I come into contact
May feel your presence within me.
Let them look up and see no longer me—
but only Jesus.
Stay with me and then I 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 mine;
It will be you,
shining on others through me.