Stay with me

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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. No merit to me.

It will be you who shines through me upon others.

O let me thus praise you, in the way which you do love best,

by shining on all those around me.

Give light to them as well as to me; light them with me, through me.

Teach me to show forth your praise, your truth, your will.

Make me preach you without preaching-not by words,

but by my example and by the catching force, the sympathetic influence, of what I do –

by my visible resemblance to your saints,

and the evident fullness of the love which my heart bears to you.

John Henry Newman, Jesus the Light of the Soul, MD p. 365.