Excerpt from No Greater Love by Mother Teresa
Yes, our lives are utterly wasted if we use only the light of reason. Our life has no meaning unless we look at Christ in His poverty.
Our beautiful work with and for the poor is a privilege and a gift for us. I think that if we go to the poor with that love, with only the desire to give God to them, to bring the joy of Christ (which is our strength) into their homes, if they look at us and see Jesus and His love and compassion in us, I think the world will soon be full of peace and love.
Truly, the tenderness of God’s love is most extraordinary. When we look at the cross, we know how much Jesus loved us then. When we look at the tabernacle, we know how much He loves us now. Be alone with Jesus. Then your hearts will feel the joy that only He can give.
Try to put worship into practice in your life. You will notice a change in your life, in your family, in your parish, and in your environment. The Church is each one of us–you and I
"I have called you by your name," Jesus said. "You are mine. You are precious in my sight. I love you." If you love Christ, it will be easy for you to fully belong to Jesus and to give Jesus to everyone you find.
God loves me. I’m not here just to fill a place, just to be a number. He has chosen me for a purpose. I know it.
Prayer by John Henry Newman
(One of Mother Teresa’s favorite prayers, said every day by the Missionaries of Charity.)
Help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only you, O Lord!
Stay with me, then I shall begin to shine as you do; so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Lord, 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.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by my example, by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to you.
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." (Jesus, John 8:12 RSV)
Excerpt taken from "No Greater Love" by Mother Teresa; published by New World Library, 2001, pp. 156-159.
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