Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mother Teresa

Just wanted to mention that today is the anniversary of Mother Teresa's death -- a wonderful, selfless and giving woman whose grace reached beyond divergent faiths and classes to unite us all in the notion of peace and service.  She devoted her entire life to helping the poorest of the poor.  And if you read her recently published journals, you'll know that she was often filled with doubt and despair but used her faith and her good works to overcome it each time.  My priest at church today spoke about using this phrase every day which I think fits Mother Teresa perfectly:  I AM THIRD.  He said we should put God first, then others, then ourselves.  How miraculous would the world be if we all followed this philosophy?

Here are some of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes:

"Prayer enlarges the heart."

"We realize that what we are accomplishing is a drop in the ocean.  But if this drop were not in the ocean, it would be missed."

"Every person is for me the only person in the world."

"We are called upon not to be successful, but to be faithful."

"Sacrifice does not cause sadness, especially when you give it up to God."

"It's not how much we give but how much we put into the giving."

"Love has to be put into action, and that action is service."

"Do ordinary things with extraordinary love."

"What I can do, you cannot.  What you can do, I cannot.  But together we can do something beautiful for God."

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

"Death is nothing but a continuation of life.  The surrendering of the human body.  But the heart and the soul live forever.  The do not die."

"Where there is mystery, there must be faith."

"Every day some miracle happens."

"If you are humble, nothing will bother you, neither praise nor slander, because you know what you are."

"Every act of love is a work of peace, no matter how small."

Thank you Mother Teresa!

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