help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may only be a radiance of yours.
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.
Let me thus praise you in the way you love best,
by shining on those around me.
John Henry Newman, 1801-1890, English Anglican Priest, later Catholic Priest
Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
so that you may become blameless and pure,
“children of God without fault
in a warped and crooked generation.”
Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky