October 21, 2012

From Mother Teresa

A great example of service, love and selflessness, Mother Teresa went above and beyond her entire life.  If you haven't read anything by her or about her, you should.  When you talk about heros with your children, she is a good one.  Not all of us can go to the extremes that she did, but we can emulate many of her actions and attributes.  I especially loved that early on she served the population of India that everyone else wanted to pretend didn't exist.  She is one of my "heroes", one of the people that I look up to, someone whom I will teach my children about. 

So for your Sunday inspiration, here are a few of my favorite quotes from Mother Teresa (I can't actually verify the accuracy of any of these, but they are attributed to her, so I'll go with that):

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

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