Mother Teresa

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by PVLady, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I am reading a book on the life of Mother Teresa. I am not Catholic but really love this woman and what she did in her life.

    The following is some of her quotes...

    Quotes of Mother Teresa
    "Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. Be holy – let us pray."

    "I once picked up a woman from a garbage dump and she was burning with fever; she was in her last days and her only lament was: ‘My son did this to me.’ I begged her: You must forgive your son. In a moment of madness, when he was not himself, he did a thing he regrets. Be a mother to him, forgive him.

    It took me a long time to make her say: ‘I forgive my son.’ Just before she died in my arms, she was able to say that with a real forgiveness. She was not concerned that she was dying. The breaking of the heart was that her son did not want her. This is something you and I can understand."

    "When once a chairman of a multinational company came to see me, to offer me a property in Bombay, he first asked: ‘Mother, how do you manage your budget?"

    I asked him who had sent him here. He replied: ‘I felt an urge inside me.’ I said: other people like you come to see me and say the same. It was clear God sent you, Mr. A, as He sends Mr. X, Mrs. Y, Miss Z, and they provide the material means we need for our work. The grace of God is what moved you.

    You are my budget. God sees to our needs, as Jesus promised. I accepted the property he gave and named it Asha Dan (Gift of Hope).

    "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."

    "Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength."

    "There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God.

    I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people.

    We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs—all different religions. But they all come to our prayers."

    "There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God. I follow Christ:
    Jesus is my God,
    Jesus is my Spouse,
    Jesus is my Life,
    Jesus is my only Love,
    Jesus is my All in All;
    Jesus is my Everything."

    Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and joy.

    I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order.

    I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.

    When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her.
    It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

    You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing.

    Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.
    Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little
    child, you receive me.

    Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.

    If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.
  2. cheryl888881

    cheryl888881 New Member

    thanks for sharing the quotes. I think Mother Teresa was indeed a saint among us. I have recently converted to Catholicism and I so touched by Mother Teresa. As she believed we should all support each other no matter what our "religion". As long as you follow Jesus and ask him to forgive your sins and follow and obey him, it doesn't matter what your religious "label" is. She was and still continues to be an inspiration to the world.

    If we all just took one of her examples and applied it to our lives the world would be a better place, because actually she was truly living the life of Christ.

    Thanks for sharing such inspirational thoughts.

    Gentle Hugs,

  3. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I especially like the following (from above)..

    When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her.
    It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

    Everytime I pass a poor homeless person on the street corner, filthy, digging in a trash bin for food, I wonder what is wrong with our world. We should have roving social workers who help these people. I always give them whatever money I have and every time that happens, I am blessed the same day.

    We send money to third world countries but what about the people here in need? Every day people who work very hard, die because they cannot afford astronomical health insurance premiums.

    There is a book called "Nickle and Dimed" written by a woman who was well set financially, however for a year (or more) went and worked at minimum wage jobs. She was a waitress, and held other jobs.

    It is about the working poor. People who work full time and one or two jobs and still cannot afford housing, food, medical care.

    Then we have kids abandoning their elderly parents. Letting them die alone, hungry and ill. I know we cannot change the entire world, but I do believe even one small gesture is more than doing nothing. Even a kind word sometimes.

    I am very interested in Catholicism and thinking of converting. I have some good friends who are Catholic who will guide me.
    [This Message was Edited on 10/23/2007]
  4. cheryl888881

    cheryl888881 New Member

    I, like you, think that it is a shame and disgrace that in this great country of ours we have Americans who cannot make it from day to day. Many of these people do not choose to be homeless. Many of them are just like you and I and I always think, except for the grace of God there I would be, also. It can happen in the blink of an eye. We need to help those around us. Every day there are more and more people losing jobs, housing, etc. Many Americans do not have health insurance. There are too many Americans who live in poverty. I think that it is a crime and all Americans should be ashamed and embarrassed that this happens in such a great,free country. We all need to be more aware of others around us and help if and when we can.

    I read a quote by Mother Teresa and have it on a card that I keep with me.

    Lord, send me someone to love! Lord when I am hungry, give me someone who stretches out his hand to me. When I am thirsty, give me someone who needs a drink. When I am cold, give me someone who is numb with cold. When I am troubled, give me someone to console. When my cross becomes heavy, give me someone to help. When I feel abandoned, give me someone to love. Amen

    Gentle Hugs,


  5. doloresf1

    doloresf1 New Member

    Bumping because this is beautiful.