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Excerpted from A Simple Path by Mother Teresa. Copyright © 1995 by Mother Teresa. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"Start and end the day with prayer. Come to God as a child."

Mother Teresa, A Simple Path, Part 2

Also, Sister Charmaine Jose, who is in charge of the children’s home, Shishu Bhavan, in Calcutta says:

"I don't know how we could face this heat and this busy work without prayer, but the work is entirely for Him so we are happy to do it."

Sister Kateri, a Superior Sister in our home in the Bronx, New York, explains this through her own experience:

"The most important thing that a human being can do is pray, because we've been made for God and our hearts are restless until we rest with Him. And it's in prayer that we come into contact with God. We are made for Heaven and we're not going to get to Heaven if we don't pray in some way. It doesn't necessarily have to be formal prayer.

"I used to share this with the men at the prison I visited. I'd give them the example: If you had to go on a trip, what would you need? And the men would say, 'You'd need a car and you'd need gasoline.’ (One man said, 'Music'!) We used to have a good time because we usually decided that the gasoline was prayer, the car was our life, the journey was to heaven, you had to have a map, you had to know where you were going, and so on. My point really is that the gasoline of our life is prayer and without that we won't reach our destination, and we won't reach the fulfillment of our being."


How to Pray: A Simple Contact with God

Start and end the day with prayer. Come to God as a child. If you find it hard to pray you can say, "Come Holy Spirit, guide me, protect me, clear out my mind so that I can pray." Or, if you pray to Mary, you can say, "Mary, Mother of Jesus, be a mother to me now, help me to pray."

When you pray, give thanks to God for all His gifts because everything is His and a gift from Him. Your soul is a gift of God. 

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