The Life and Wisdom of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
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Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 - 5 September 1997)

Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu[1], was a Catholic nun of Albanian[2][3] ethnicity and Indian citizenship,[4] who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.[5][6]

By the 1970s, she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary and book Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counselling programs, orphanages, and schools.

She has been praised by many individuals, governments and organizations; however, she has also faced a diverse range of criticism. These include objections by various individuals and groups, including Christopher Hitchens, Michael Parenti, Aroup Chatterjee, Vishva Hindu Parishad, against the proselytizing focus of her work including a strong stance against contraception and abortion, a belief in the spiritual goodness of poverty and alleged baptisms of the dying. Medical journals also criticised the standard of medical care in her hospices and concerns were raised about the opaque nature in which donated money was spent. In 2010 on the 100th anniversary of her birth, she was honoured around the world, and her work praised by Indian President, Pratibha Patil.[7]

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Gonxhe meaning "rosebud" in Albanian) was born on 26 August 1910, in skob, Ottoman Empire (now Skopje, capital of the Republic of Macedonia). Although she was born on 26 August, she considered 27 August, the day she was baptized, to be her "true birthday."[8] She was the youngest of the children of a family from Shkoder, Albania, born to Nikolli and Drana Bojaxhiu.[9] Her father, who was involved in Albanian politics, died in 1919 when she was eight years old.[10] After her father's death, her mother raised her as a Roman Catholic. Her father's origin was possibly from Prizren, Kosovo while her mother's origin was possibly from a village near Gjakova, Kosovo.[11]

According to a biography by Joan Graff Clucas, in her early years Agnes was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service, and by age 12 was convinced that she should commit herself to a religious life.[12] She left home at age 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary. She never again saw her mother or sister.[13]

Agnes initially went to the Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, Ireland to learn English, the language the Sisters of Loreto used to teach school children in India.[14] She arrived in India in 1929, and began her novitiate in Darjeeling, near the Himalayan mountains.[15] She took her first religious vows as a nun on 24 May 1931. At that time she chose the name Teresa after Therese de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries.[16][17] She took her solemn vows on 14 May 1937, while serving as a teacher at the Loreto convent school in eastern Calcutta.[2][18]

Although Teresa enjoyed teaching at the school, she was increasingly disturbed by the poverty surrounding her in Calcutta.[19] The Bengal famine of 1943 brought misery and death to the city; and the outbreak of Hindu/Muslim violence in August 1946 plunged the city into despair and horror.[20]

Missionaries of Charity

On 10 September 1946, Teresa experienced what she later described as "the call within the call" while traveling to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling from Calcutta for her annual retreat. "I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them. It was an order. To fail would have been to break the faith."[21] She began her missionary work with the poor in 1948, replacing her traditional Loreto habit with a simple white cotton sari decorated with a blue border, adopted Indian citizenship, and ventured out into the slums.[22][23] Initially she started a school in Motijhil; soon she started tending to the needs of the destitute and starving.[24] Her efforts quickly caught the attention of Indian officials, including the prime minister, who expressed his appreciation.[25]

Teresa wrote in her diary that her first year was fraught with difficulties. She had no income and had to resort to begging for food and supplies. Teresa experienced doubt, loneliness and the temptation to return to the comfort of convent life during these early months. She wrote in her diary:

Our Lord wants me to be a free nun covered with the poverty of the cross. Today I learned a good lesson. The poverty of the poor must be so hard for them. While looking for a home I walked and walked till my arms and legs ached. I thought how much they must ache in body and soul, looking for a home, food and health. Then the comfort of Loreto [her former order] came to tempt me. 'You have only to say the word and all that will be yours again,' the Tempter kept on saying ... Of free choice, my God, and out of love for you, I desire to remain and do whatever be your Holy will in my regard. I did not let a single tear come.[26]
Teresa received Vatican permission on 7 October 1950 to start the diocesan congregation that would become the Missionaries of Charity.[27] Its mission was to care for, in her own words, "the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone." It began as a small order with 13 members in Calcutta; today it has more than 4,000 nuns running orphanages, AIDS hospices and charity centers worldwide, and caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine.[28]

In 1952 Mother Teresa opened the first Home for the Dying in space made available by the city of Calcutta. With the help of Indian officials she converted an abandoned Hindu temple into the Kalighat Home for the Dying, a free hospice for the poor. She renamed it Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday).[29] Those brought to the home received medical attention and were afforded the opportunity to die with dignity, according to the rituals of their faith; Muslims were read the Quran, Hindus received water from the Ganges, and Catholics received the Last Rites.[30] "A beautiful death," she said, "is for people who lived like animals to die like angels loved and wanted."[30] Mother Teresa soon opened a home for those suffering from Hansen's disease, commonly known as leprosy, and called the hospice Shanti Nagar (City of Peace).[31] The Missionaries of Charity also established several leprosy outreach clinics throughout Calcutta, providing medication, bandages and food.

As the Missionaries of Charity took in increasing numbers of lost children, Mother Teresa felt the need to create a home for them. In 1955 she opened the Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, the Children's Home of the Immaculate Heart, as a haven for orphans and homeless youth.[32]

The order soon began to attract both recruits and charitable donations, and by the 1960s had opened hospices, orphanages and leper houses all over India. Mother Teresa then expanded the order throughout the globe. Its first house outside India opened in Venezuela in 1965 with five sisters.[33] Others followed in Rome, Tanzania, and Austria in 1968; during the 1970s the order opened houses and foundations in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States.[34]

Her philosophy and implementation have faced some criticism. David Scott wrote that Mother Teresa limited herself to keeping people alive rather than tackling poverty itself.[35] She has also been criticized for her view on suffering: according to an article in the Alberta Report, she felt that suffering would bring people closer to Jesus.[36] The quality of care offered to terminally ill patients in the Homes for the Dying has been criticised in the medical press, notably The Lancet and the British Medical Journal, which reported the reuse of hypodermic needles, poor living conditions, including the use of cold baths for all patients, and an approach to illness and suffering that precluded the use of many elements of modern medical care, such as systematic diagnosis.[37] Dr. Robin Fox, editor of The Lancet, described the medical care as "haphazard", as volunteers without medical knowledge had to take decisions about patient care, because of the lack of doctors. He observed that her order did not distinguish between curable and incurable patients, so that people who could otherwise survive would be at risk of dying from infections and lack of treatment.[38]

The Missionaries of Charity Brothers was founded in 1963, and a contemplative branch of the Sisters followed in 1976. Lay Catholics and non-Catholics were enrolled in the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa, the Sick and Suffering Co-Workers, and the Lay Missionaries of Charity. In answer to the requests of many priests, in 1981 Mother Teresa also began the Corpus Christi Movement for Priests,[39] and in 1984 founded with Fr. Joseph Langford the Missionaries of Charity Fathers[40] to combine the vocational aims of the Missionaries of Charity with the resources of the ministerial priesthood. By 2007 the Missionaries of Charity numbered approximately 450 brothers and 5,000 nuns worldwide, operating 600 missions, schools and shelters in 120 countries.[41]


Notable Quoteables

Love begins at home"

"Before you speak it is necessary for you to listen ,because god speaks in the silence of the heart'"

"How can we love god whom we do not see ,if we do not love our neighbours ,whom we see ,whom we touch, with whom we live"?

"We can do no great things ,only small things with great love,"

"If you are humble nothing will touch you neither praise neither disgrace because you know what you are ."

"Do not allow yourself to be dishearted by any failure as long as you have done your best ".


"It is not how much we do but how much love we put into what we do "

"Works of love are always work of peace".

"Give until it hurts ---with a smile".

"Intense love does not measure it just gives".

"If we really want to love we must learn to forgive".

"If we pray we will believe .if we believe,we will love,if we love ,we will serve".

"The child is God's gift to the family."

"If we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child ,how can we tell people not to kill one another?"

"The world today is hungry not only for bread but hungry for love.hungry to be wanted,to be loved".

"The poor are very great people ,they can teach us many beautiful things".

"I am so used to seeing the smile on our people,even dying ones smile".

"Instead of death and sorrow , let us bring peace and joy to the world ".

The very fact that God has placed a certain soul
in our way is a sign that
God wants us to do something for him or her.
It is not chance;
It has been planned by God.
We are bound by conscience to help him or her.


Once we take our eyes away
from ourselves, from our interests,
from our own rights, privileges, ambitions -
then our eyes will become clear
to see Jesus around us.


Keep the joy of loving Jesus
in your heart
and share this joy
with all you meet especially your family.

DO IT ANYWAY


People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway

  
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is bliss, taste it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is costly, care for it.

Life is wealth, keep it.

Life is love, enjoy it.

Life is mystery, know it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it


Deliver me, O Jesus,
From the desire of being loved,
From the desire of being extolled,
From the desire to being honored,
From the desire of being praised,
From the desire of being preferred,
From the desire of being consulted,
From the desire of being approved,
From the desire of being popular,
From the fear of being humiliated,
From the fear of being despised,
From the fear of suffering rebukes,
From the fear of being calumniated,
From the fear of being forgotten,
From the fear of being wronged,
From the fear of being ridiculed,
From the fear of being suspected.
Amen.
 


Dear Jesus, help us to spread Your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being, so utterly,
That our lives may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through us, and be so in us,
That every soul we come in contact with may feel Your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus!
Stay with us, and then we 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 ours;
It will be You, shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise You without preaching, not by words but by our example,
By the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what we do,
The evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to You.  Amen.
 


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred let me sow love; 
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Lord, may I not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
Because it is in giving that we receive,
in pardoning that we are pardoned. Amen.
 


When I was hungry, you gave me food.
When I was thirsty you gave me drink.
Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to Me. 
When I was a stranger, you opened your doors.
When I was naked, you gave me clothes.
When I was tired, you gave me peace.
When I was frightened, you calmed me down.
When I was lonely, you gave me your love.
When I was sick or wounded, you took care of me.
Looking for friendship, you gave me your hand.
When I was old, you smiled at me. 
When I couldn't find peace, you brought it to me.
You were on my side in times of despair, and in the hour of joy, we were together. Amen
 
 
 


Mother Teresa's United Nations Prayer
(Mother Teresa composed this prayer for the United Nations International Year of the Family)

"Heavenly Father, you have given us a model of life in the Holy Family of Nazareth. Help us, O loving Father to make our family another Nazareth where love, peace and joy reign. May it be deeply contemplative, intensely Eucharistic and vibrant with joy. Help us to stay together in joy and sorrow through family prayer. Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our family especially in their distressing disguise. May the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus make our hearts meek and humble like His and help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way. May we love one another as God loves each one of us more and more each day, and forgive each other's faults as You forgive our sins. Help us, O loving Father to take whatever You give and to give whatever You take with a big smile. Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us. Holy Guardian Angels be always with us, guide and protect us. Amen."
 


Mary, Mother of Jesus, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate,
so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life,
love Him as You loved Him, and serve Him as You served Him,
in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor. Amen.


Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy
Guide me then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen


Remember, o most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence we fly to You, o virgin of the virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the word incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your clemency, hear and answer us. Amen.


Lead me from death to life,
from lies to truth
Lead me from despair to hope
from fear to trust
Lead me from hatred to love
from war to peace
Let peace fill our heart, our world
our universe with peace. Amen
 


Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world, who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them today, through our hands, their daily bread and through our understanding love, give peace and joy. Amen 



THIRST...FOR YOU
A Meditation based on the Spiritual Teachings of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Behold I stand at the Door and Knock (Rev 3:20)

It is true. I stand at the door of your heart, day and night. Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be Me, I am there. I await even the smallest sign of your response, even the least whispered invitation that will allow Me to enter.

And I want you to know that whenever you invite Me, I do come always, without fail. Silent and unseen I come, but with infinite power and love, and bringing the many gifts of My Spirit. I come with My mercy, with My desire to forgive and heal you, and with a love for you beyond your comprehension a love every bit as great as the love I have received from the Father; As much as the Father has loved Me, I have loved you (Jn 15:10)

I come longing to console you and give you strength, to lift you up and bind all your wounds. I bring you my light, to dispel your darkness and all your doubts. I come with My power, that I might carry you and all your burdens; with My grace, to touch your heart and transform your life; and My peace I give to still your soul.

I know you through and through. I know everything about you. The very hairs of your head I have numbered. Nothing in your life is unimportant to Me. I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you even in your wanderings. I know every one of your problems. I know your needs and your worries. And yes, I know all your sins. But I tell you again that I love you not for what you have or haven't done I love you for you, for the beauty and dignity you have often forgotten, a beauty you have tarnished by sin. But I love you as you are, and I have shed My Blood to win you back.

If you only ask Me with faith, My grace will touch all that needs changing in your life, and I will give you the strength to free yourself from sin and all its destructive power. I know what is in your heart I know your loneliness and all your hurts the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations. I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you, so you might share My strength and victory.

I know especially your need for love how you are thirsting to be loved and cherished. But how often have you thirsted in vain, by seeking that love selfishly, striving to fill the emptiness inside you with passing pleasures with the even greater emptiness of sin. Do you thirst for love? Come to Me all you who thirst (Jn 7:37). I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine to the point of dying on the cross for you.

I thirst for you. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you. I THIRST FOR YOU. I thirst to love you and to be loved by you that is how precious you are to Me. I THIRST FOR YOU. Come to me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. I will make you a new creation, and give you peace, even in all your trials. I THIRST FOR YOU.

You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you, My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you. I THIRST FOR YOU. If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all. For Me, there is no one more important in the entire world than you. I THIRST FOR YOU. Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give Me your life and I will prove to you how important you are to my heart.

Don't you realize that My Father already has a perfect plan to transform your life, beginning from this moment? Trust in Me. Ask Me every day to enter and take charge of your life and I will. I promise you before My Father in heaven that I will work miracles in your life. Why would I do this? Because I THIRST FOR YOU. All I ask of you is that you entrust yourself to Me completely. I will do all the rest. Even now I behold the place My Father has prepared for you in My Kingdom. Remember that you are a pilgrim in this life, on a journey home.

Sin can never satisfy you, or bring the peace you seek. All that you have sought outside of Me has only left you more empty, so do not cling to the things of this life. Above all, do not run from Me when you fall. Come to Me without delay. When you give Me your sins, you give Me the joy of being your Saviour.

There is nothing I cannot forgive or heal so come now, and unburden your soul. No matter how far you may wander, no matter how often you forget Me, no matter how many crosses you may bear in this life; there is one thing I want you to always remember, one thing that will never change. I THIRST FOR YOU just as you are.

You don't need to change to believe in My love, for it will be your belief in My love that will change you. You forget Me, and yet I am seeking you every moment of the day standing at the door of your heart and knocking. Do you find this hard to believe? Then look at the Cross, look at My heart that was pierced for you. Have you not understood my Cross? Then listen again to the words I spoke there for they tell you clearly why I endured all this for you: I THIRST (Jn 19:28). Yes, I thirst for you as the rest of the psalm verse I was praying says of Me: I looked for someone to console me and I found none (Ps 69:21). All your life I have been looking for your love I have never stopped seeking to love you and be loved by you. You have tried many other things in your search for happiness; why not try opening your heart to Me, right now, more than you have ever done before.

Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear Me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit: No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake. Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the door of your heart and knock. Open to me, for I THIRST FOR YOU


The late Mother Teresa wrote the following:
A Message from Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I make a holy hour each day in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. All my sisters of the Missionaries of Charity make a daily holy hour, as well, because we find that through our daily holy hour our love for Jesus becomes more intimate, our love for each other more understanding, and our love for the poor more compassionate. Our holy hour is our daily family prayer where we get together and pray the Rosary before the exposed Blessed Sacrament the first half-hour, and the second half hour we pray in silence. Our adoration has doubled the number of our vocations. In 1963 we were making a weekly holy hour together, but it was not until 1973, when we began our daily holy hour that our community started to grow and blossom.

Wherever I travel and wherever I go, I carry this prayer and meditation book ('Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament') with me because it is a constant source of light and inspiration for me. It has become my daily companion. 'Loving Jesus with the Heart of Mary' is my daily prayer and meditation book. It is a most beautiful book because each page helps us to see ever more clearly how much Jesus loves us in the Blessed Sacrament. I recommend 'Loving Jesus with the Heart of Mary' and 'Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament' to everyone I meet. I would like the whole world to read these books to help everyone realise that Jesus wants all of us to come to Him in the Blessed Sacrament. He is really there in Person waiting just for you.

I have already given an individual copy of 'Loving Jesus with the Heart of Mary' to all my sisters, and I am sending a copy of 'Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament' to each of our houses throughout the world because I want my sisters to absorb the deeply rich, and yet, simple to understand Eucharistic spiritually that these books contain. It is all there; everything is in it.

That is why I encourage you to use this book also, so that through Mary, the cause of our joy, you may discover that nowhere on earth are you more welcomed, nowhere on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus, living and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time that you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.

When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you NOW. This is why you should ask your parish priest to have perpetual adoration in your parish. I beg the Blessed Mother touch the hearts of all parish priests that they may have perpetual Eucharistic adoration in their parishes, and that it may spread throughout the entire world.

God bless you

Mother Teresa

Meditation from Mother Teresa to God, the Father

Jesus was so sure of His Father's love for Him,
and for His love for His Father,
that all the time He wanted to make us realize
how much the Father loves us too.
God loves us tenderly with a love He has proved...
And so tender is His love
that He will never force Himself on us
God will never disturb a soul,
rather, He draws a soul,
God lifts a soul,
and then fills it with His love.
God cannot fill what is already full though,
and that is why we need to be empty
for Him to be able to fill us.
That is why, if we want to feel His presence,
we need a pure heart
for a pure heart can see God
and if we see God
then that's the beginning of love:
our love for God
and God's love for us.


Remembering Mother Teresa

One of my favorite cartoons shows Moses with his arms outstretched and the Red Sea parting in front of him, while behind him stand hundreds of Israelites waiting for him to lead them through the sea. In the cartoon, he has his head half-turned and says, "What do you mean, 'Isn't it a bit muddy?' "


Mother had an easy smile.

This is how I sometimes feel having returned to the United States after nearly three decades in Asia and Africa as a representative for Catholic Relief Services. Yes, there are a lot of serious issues, which our Church has to recognize and address. But where is the recognition of the enormous contributions being made by the U.S. Catholic church both in this country and around the world? A shining example of these contributions is the CRS partnership with the Missionaries of Charity the community of sisters founded and directed by Mother Theresa. On the 10th anniversary of her death, it is fitting to remember some of the priorities she humbly displayed in the slums of India.

What stood out about Mother Teresa was her total conviction that she was meeting and serving Christ in the poor, just as she met him in the Eucharist each morning. She would often speak about that to those who came to see her work.

Second, was her conviction that she and her community should live as the poor live. She had begun her work in India, as many of you probably know, as a sister of Loretta, a teaching order that came from Ireland and ran some of Calcutta's finest schools. Mother was a teacher there until she felt a call to go outside the clean and austere, but comfortably furnished, walls of the school and convent to live among the poor. Some of her students joined her and began the community that was thriving by the mid-70s.

Living as the Poor Lived

Her convents had no running water just a pump where the sisters had to collect water each day for washing and carrying upstairs to the dormitories to clean the lavatories. Each sister had only a change of sari and a bucket for washing. The galvanized steel buckets were numbered with red paint so that each nun could identify her only possession. Mother Teresa and her nuns slept on a simple grass mat on the floor, just as the poor do. I only realized that years later while I was speaking to some of her nuns in Cambodia. They told me they wanted to invite her, but she had no place to stay in Bangkok, where she would have to stop on the flight from Calcutta to Phnom Penh. So, I offered my home, but then the sisters said I would have to remove the bed and any furniture from the room before she could stay there.

And it was not only an austere life in terms of living conditions and possessions, but food as well. Each day the sisters ate only a little tea for breakfast and rice and dal [lentils] for lunch. Once a week on Thursdays which was also their day off and was a day of prayer they could look forward to their weekly meal that contained some meat, but it was mostly tripe. One time, one of the novices, who was an American, told me how hard it was for her, so I snuck her a hamburger one day. But she only did that once.

The sisters' routine began at 4:30 every morning when they woke up and began an hour of meditation. Mass was at 6, followed by a light breakfast of tea and a banana and some bread. After that, they washed and cleaned the house and by 9, they were out in twos, visiting the sick and homeless on the streets or one of the centers where the poor are served.

The third thing that never ceased to amaze me was the joy of Mother and all of her sisters. In spite of the desperate condition of those living in poverty, the sisters were never sad or even businesslike. Rather, they went about their tasks with great cheer and joy. They would always be smiling and I would wonder, How do they do it?

Mother had an easy smile and she would always find a way to make a point and to challenge her visitors. She seemed to enjoy asking for things and waiting for the reaction. I was always afraid to tell her, for example, that I was going to New Delhi or to the United States because she would send over a bag of mail without stamps to be posted in the country of destination. And her sisters would pick up on her tricks and little impositions. Years later, when I would visit her communities in Ethiopia or Cambodia, they would do the same thing.

One day, I told her how wonderful her work was and that I felt that all I was doing just working in an office didn't match up. "Well," she said, "that's important work too, but you know our sisters take Thursdays off and you can come and work in one of our homes on that day." It seemed like Christ saying to his disciples, "If you want to follow me, leave all you possess." And you know the rest of the story.

What will . . . save the world?


My answer is prayer.  What we need is  for every Parish to come before Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer.  (Mother Teresa)
 


Reflections from Mother Teresa of Calcutta


Nobel Peace Prize winner and foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother
Teresa brought the homeless, sick, destitute and dying home to die like
angels.  She attributed her many charitable works to her daily Holy Hours of
prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Mother Teresa said, I know I would
not be able to work one week if it were not for that continual force coming
from Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

On the Cross Jesus said: I thirst.  From the Blessed Sacrament Jesus
continues to say to each of us: I thirst.  He thirsts for our personal love,
our intimacy, our union with Him in the Blessed Sacrament.  His longing for us
to be with Him in the Blessed Sacrament is infinitely greater than our longing
to be with Him.  Put your sins in the chalice for the precious blood to
wash away. One drop is capable of washing away the sins of the world.

The Eucharist is connected with the Passion. If Jesus had not established
the Eucharist we would have forgotten the crucifixion. It would have faded into
the past and we would have forgotten that Jesus loved us. There is a saying
that to be far away from the eyes is to be far away from the heart. To make sure
that we do not forget, Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a memorial of his
love.  When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you.
When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.

Our lives must be woven around the Eucharist . . . fix your eyes on Him Who
is the light; bring your hearts close to His Divine Heart; ask Him to grant
you the grace of knowing Him, the love of loving Him, the courage to serve Him.
Seek Him fervently.�  To be alone with Jesus in adoration and intimate
union with Him is the greatest gift of love the tender love of our Father in
Heaven.

All of us know that unless we believe and can see Jesus in the appearance of
bread on the altar, we will not be able to see him in the distressing
disguise of the poor.  Therefore these two loves are but one in Jesus.

If we really understand the Eucharist, if we really centre our lives on
Jesus' Body and Blood, if we nourish our lives with the Bread of the Eucharist, it
will be easy for us to see Christ in that hungry one next door, the one lying
in the gutter, the alcoholic man we shun, our husband or our wife, or our
restless child.  For in them, we will recognize the distressing disguises of the
poor: Jesus in our midst.

Through Mary the cause of our joy you discover that no where on earth are
you more welcomed, no where on earth are you more loved, than by Jesus, living
and truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament . . .  He is really there in
Person waiting just for you.

Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He
is there.  If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist,
come back to that  Adoration.
Our hours of adoration will be special hours of reparation for sins, and
intercession for the needs of the whole world, exposing the sin-sick and
suffering humanity to the healing, sustaining and transforming rays of Jesus,
radiating from the Eucharist.

Eucharistic Adoration Increases Vocations

If you are looking for vocations, as a community have adoration every day.
  It was not until 1973, when we began our daily Holy Hour that our
community started to grow and blossom . . .  In our congregation, we used to have
adoration once a week for one hour, and then in 1973, we decided to have adoration
one hour every day.  We have much work to do.  Our homes for the sick and
dying destitute are full everywhere.  And from the time we started having
adoration every day, our love for Jesus became more intimate, our love for each other
more understanding, our love for the poor more compassionate, and we have
double the number of vocations.  God has blessed us with many wonderful
vocations. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious
part of the whole day.

Our holy hour is our daily family prayer where we get together and pray the
Rosary before the exposed Blessed Sacrament, the first half hour, and the
second half hour we pray in silence. 

We cannot separate our lives from the Eucharist; the moment we do, something
breaks.  People ask, Where do the sisters get the joy and energy to do what
they are doing?  The Eucharist involves more than just receiving; it also
involves satisfying the hunger of Christ. He says, Come to Me. He is hungry
for souls.  When the Sisters are exhausted, up to their eyes in work; when
all seems to go awry, they spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed
Sacrament.  This practice has never failed to bear fruit: they experience peace and
strength.

I am very glad to know about the perpetual adoration movement . . .  Thank
God for His love for you for His presence in you and the joy with which you
love and serve Him in the Blessed Sacrament and in each other. Each one of us is
a co-worker of Christ we must labour hard to carry Him to the hearts where He
has not yet been known and loved.  But unless we have Jesus we cannot give
Him; that is why we need the Eucharist.  Spend as much time as possible in front
of the Blessed Sacrament and He will fill you with His strength and His power.
 Tell Him, Come to our hearts Lord and stay with us.  Then you will become
instruments of His love, peace and joy.

Perpetual adoration with exposition needs a great push.  Perpetual
adoration is the most beautiful thing you could ever think of doing.  People are
hungry for God.

Perpetual Adoration, Eucharistic Adoration offers to our people the
opportunity to join those in religious life to pray for the salvation of the world,
souls everywhere and peace on earth. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer
and the difference it will make in our world.  Ask your parish priest to
have Perpetual Adoration.

Be only all for Jesus and give Jesus to others.  That is why Jesus made
Himself the Bread of Life.  That is why He is there twenty-four hours.  That is
why He is longing for you and for me to share the joy of loving.  And He says:
As I have loved you.  If I can give you any advice, I beg you to get closer
to the Eucharist.  I beg the Blessed Mother to touch the hearts of all
parish priests that they may have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in their
parishes, and that it may spread throughout the entire world.

Her [Mother Teresa's] mission began every day, before dawn, in the presence
of the Eucharist.  In the silence of contemplation, Mother Teresa heard the
echo of Jesus cry on the Cross: I thirst.  This cry, received in the depths
of her heart, spurred her to seek out Jesus in the poor, abandoned, and the
dying on the streets of Calcutta and to all the ends of the earth (Pope John
Paul II, Sunday Angelus, September 7, 1997).

Quotes of Mother Teresa

�The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you
will spend on earth.  Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your
union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in
Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.�

�Who is Jesus to me?  Jesus is the Word made Flesh.  Jesus is the Bread of
Life.  Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the cross.  Jesus is the
sacrifice offered at holy Mass for the sins of the world and for mine.  Jesus is
the Word�to be spoken.  Jesus is the Truth�to be told. Jesus is the Way�to be
walked.  Jesus is the Light�to be lit. Jesus is the Life�to be lived.  Jesus
is the Love�to be loved.�

�Like Mary, let us be full of zeal to go in haste to give Jesus to others.
She was full of grace when, at the annunciation, she received Jesus. Like her,
we too become full of grace every time we receive Holy Communion. It is the
same Jesus whom she received and whom we receive at Mass . . . let us go in haste
to give Him to our sisters, to our poor, to the sick, to the dying, to the
lepers, to the unwanted, and the unloved.�  �When communicating with Christ in
your heart�the partaking of Living Bread�remember what Our Lady must have
felt when the Spirit overpowered her and she, who was full of grace, became full
with the body of Jesus.�

Prayers of Mother Teresa

�Mary, mother of Jesus, give us your heart, so beautiful, so pure, so
immaculate, so full of love and humility, that we may be able to receive Jesus in the
bread of life, love him as you love him, and serve him in the distressing
disguise of the poor.�

The fruit of silence is PRAYER
 the fruit of prayer is FAITH
 the fruit of faith is LOVE
 the fruit of love is SERVICE
 the fruit of service is PEACE.

�This [Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration] truly is a work of grace. By means of
perpetual Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, families, parishes and
neighborhoods will grow in love of God and one another and will help to bring
peace on earth.�
 


Mother Teresa's National Prayer Breakfast Message Mother Teresa -

An address at the National Prayer Breakfast

(Sponsored by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives)

February 3, 1994

On the last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand, "Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me." Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, "Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me to drink, I was sick and you did not visit me." These will ask Him, "When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?" And Jesus will answer them, "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me!"

As we have gathered here to pray together, I think it will be beautiful if we begin with a prayer that expresses very well what Jesus wants us to do for the least. St. Francis of Assisi understood very well these words of Jesus and His life is very well expressed by a prayer. And this prayer, which we say every day after Holy Communion, always surprises me very much, because it is very fitting for each one of us. And I always wonder whether 800 years ago when St. Francis lived, they had the same difficulties that we have today. I think that some of you already have this prayer of peace - so we will pray it together.

Let us thank God for the opportunity He has given us today to have come here to pray together. We have come here especially to pray for peace, joy and love. We are reminded that Jesus came to bring the good news to the poor. He had told us what is that good news when He said: "My peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you." He came not to give the peace of the world which is only that we don't bother each other. He came to give the peace of heart which comes from loving - from doing good to others.

And God loved the world so much that He gave His son - it was a giving. God gave His son to the Virgin Mary, and what did she do with Him? As soon as Jesus came into Mary's life, immediately she went in haste to give that good news. And as she came into the house of her cousin, Elizabeth, Scripture tells us that the unborn child - the child in the womb of Elizabeth - leapt with joy. While still in the womb of Mary - Jesus brought peace to John the Baptist who leapt for joy in the womb of Elizabeth. The unborn was the first one to proclaim the coming of Christ.

And as if that were not enough, as if it were not enough that God the Son should become one of us and bring peace and joy while still in the womb of Mary, Jesus also died on the Cross to show that greater love. He died for you and for me, and for the leper and for that man dying of hunger and that naked person lying in the street, no only of Calcutta, but of Africa, and everywhere. Our Sisters serve these poor people in 105 countries throughout the world. Jesus insisted that we love one another as He loves each one of us. Jesus gave His life to love us and He tells us that we also have to give whatever it takes to do good to one another. And in the Gospel Jesus says very clearly: "Love as I have loved you."

Jesus died on the Cross because that is what it took for Him to do good to us - to save us from our selfishness in sin. He gave up everything to do the Father's will - to show us that we too must be willing to give up everything to do God's will - to love one another as He loves each of us. If we are not willing to give whatever it takes to do good to one another, sin is still in us. That is why we too must give to each other until it hurts.

It is not enough for us to say: "I love God," but I also have to love my neighbor. St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you don't love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And so it is very important for us to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is not true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.

It hurt Jesus to love us. We have been created in His image for greater things, to love and to be loved. We must "put on Christ" as Scripture tells us. And so, we have been created to love as He loves us. Jesus makes Himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the unwanted one, and He says, "You did it to Me." On the last day He will say to those on His right, "whatever you did to the least of these, you did to Me, and He will also say to those on His left, whatever you neglected to do for the least of these, you neglected to do it for Me."

When He was dying on the Cross, Jesus said, "I thirst." Jesus is thirsting for our love, and this is the thirst of everyone, poor and rich alike. We all thirst for the love of others, that they go out of their way to avoid harming us and to do good to us. This is the meaning of true love, to give
until it hurts.

I can never forget the experience I had in visiting a home where they kept all these old parents of sons and daughters who had just put them into an institution and forgotten them - maybe. I saw that in that home these old people had everything - good food, comfortable place, television, everything, but everyone was looking toward the door. And I did not see a single one with a smile on the face. I turned to Sister and I asked: "Why do these people who have every comfort here, why are they all looking toward the door? Why are they not smiling?"

I am so used to seeing the smiles on our people, even the dying ones smile. And Sister said: "This is the way it is nearly everyday. They are expecting, they are hoping that a son or daughter will come to visit them. They are hurt because they are forgotten." And see, this neglect to love brings spiritual poverty. Maybe in our own family we have somebody who is feeling lonely, who is feeling sick, who is feeling worried. Are we there? Are we willing to give until it hurts in order to be with our families, or do we put our own interests first? These are the questions we must ask ourselves, especially as we begin this year of the family. We must remember that love begins at home and we must also remember that 'the future of humanity passes through the family.'

I was surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given to drugs. And I tried to find out why. Why is it like that, when those in the West have so many more things than those in the East? And the answer was: 'Because there is no one in the family to receive them.' Our children depend on us for everything - their health, their nutrition, their security, their coming to know and love God. For all of this, they look to us with trust, hope and expectation. But often father and mother are so busy they have no time for their children, or perhaps they are not even married or have given up on their marriage. So their children go to the streets and get involved in drugs or other things. We are talking of love of the child, which is were love and peace must begin. These are the things that break peace.

But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her
child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.

By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today - abortion which brings people to such blindness.

And for this I appeal in India and I appeal everywhere - "Let us bring the child back." The child is God's gift to the family. Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things - to love and to be loved. In this year of the family we must bring the child back to the center of our care and concern. This is the only way that our world can survive because our children are the only hope for the future. As older people are called to God, only their children can take their places.

But what does God say to us? He says: "Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved you in the palm of my hand." We are carved in the palm of His hand; that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love and loved, not only now in this life, but forever. God can never forget us.

The beautiful gift God has given our congregation is to fight abortion by adoption. We have already, from our house in Calcutta, over 3,000 children adoption. And I can't tell you what joy, what love, what peace those children have brought into those families. It has been a real gift of God for them and for us. I remember one of the little ones was very sick, so I sent for the father and the mother and I asked them: "Please give me back the sick child. I will give you a healthy one." And the father looked at me and said, "Mother Teresa, take my life first than take the child." So beautiful to see it--so much love, so much joy that little one has brought
into that family. So pray for us that we continue this beautiful gift. And also I offer you--our Sisters are here--anybody who doesn't want the child, please give it to me. I want the child.

I will tell you something beautiful. We are fighting abortion by adoption - by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of lives. We have sent word to the clinics, to the hospitals and police stations: "Please don't destroy the child; we will take the child." So we always have someone tell the mothers in trouble: "Come, we will take care of you, we will get a home for your child." And we have a tremendous demand from couples who cannot have a child - but I never give a child to a couple who have done something not to have a child. Jesus said, "Anyone who receives a child in my name, receives me." By adopting a child, these couples receive Jesus but, by aborting a child, a couple refuses to receive Jesus.

Please don't kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child. From our children's home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3000 children from abortion. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents and have grown up so full of love and joy.


I know that couples have to plan their family and for that there is natural family planning. The way to plan the family is natural family planning, not contraception. In destroying the power of giving life, through contraception, a husband or wife is doing something to self. This turns the attention to self and so it destroys the gifts of love in him or her.In loving, the husband and wife must turn the attention to each other as happens in natural family planning, and not to self, as happens in contraception. Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily.

I also know that there are great problems in the world - that many spouses do not love each other enough to practice natural family planning. We cannot solve all the problems in the world, but let us never bring in the worst problem of all, and that is to destroy love. And this is whathappens when we tell people to practice contraception and abortion.

The poor are very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things. Once one of them came to thank us for teaching her natural family planning and said: "You people who have practiced chastity, you are the best people to teach us natural family planning because it is nothing more than self-control out of love for each other." And what this poor person said is very true. These poor people maybe have nothing to eat, maybe they have not a home to live in, but they can still be great people when they are spiritually rich.

When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread. But a person who is shut out, who feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of society - that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome. And abortion, which often follows from contraception, brings a people to be spiritually poor, and that is the worst poverty and the most difficult to overcome.

Those who are materially poor can be very wonderful people. One evening we went out and we picked up four people from the street. And one of them was in a most terrible condition. I told the Sisters: "You take care of the other three; I will take care of the one who looks worse." So I did for her all that my love can do. I put her in bed, and there was such a beautiful smile on her face. She took hold of my hand, as she said one word only: "thank you" - and she died.

I could not help but examine my conscience before her. And I asked: "What would I say if I were in her place?" And my answer was very simple. I would have tried to draw a little attention to myself. I would have said: "I am hungry, I am dying, I am cold, I am in pain," or something. But she gave me much more - she gave me her grateful love. And she died with a smile on her face. Then there was the man we picked up from the drain, half eaten by worms and, after we had brought him to the home, he only said, "I have lived like an animal in the street, but I am going to die as an angel, loved and cared for." Then, after we had removed all the worms from his body, all he said, with a big smile, was: "Sister, I am going home to God" - and he died. It was so wonderful to see the greatness of that man who could speak like that without blaming anybody, without comparing anything. Like an angel - this is the greatness of people who are spiritually rich even when they are materially poor.

We are not social workers. We may be doing social work in the eyes of some people, but we must be contemplatives in the heart of the world. For we must bring that presence of God into your family, for the family that prays together, stays together. There is so much hatred, so much misery, and we with our prayer, with our sacrifice, are beginning at home. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do.

If we are contemplatives in the heart of the world with all its problems, these problems can never discourage us. We must always remember what God ells us in Scripture: "Even if a mother could forget the child in her womb" - something impossible, but even if she could forget - "I will never forget you."

And so here I am talking with you. I want you to find the poor here, right in your own home first. And begin love there. Be that good news to your own people first. And find out about your next-door neighbors. Do you know who they are?

I had the most extraordinary experience of love of neighbor with a Hindu family. A gentleman came to our house and said: "Mother Teresa, there is a family who have not eaten for so long. Do something." So I took some rice and went there immediately. And I saw the children - their eyes shining with hunger. I don't know if you have ever seen hunger. But I have seen it very often. And the mother of the family took the rice I gave her and went out. When she came back, I asked her: "Where did you go? What did you do?" And she gave me a very simple answer: "They are hungry also." What struck me was that she knew - and who are they? A Muslim family - and she knew. I didn't bring any more rice that evening because I wanted them, Hindus and Muslims, to enjoy the joy of sharing.

But there were those children, radiating joy, sharing the joy and peace with their mother because she had the love to give until it hurts. And you see this is where love begins - at home in the family.

So, as the example of this family shows, God will never forget us and there is something you and I can always do. We can keep the joy of loving Jesus in our hearts, and share that joy with all we come in contact with. Let us make that one point - that no child will be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, or killed and thrown away. And give until it hurts - with a smile.

As you know, we have a number of homes here in the United States, where people need tender love and care. This is the joy of sharing. Come and share. We have the young people suffering with AIDS. They need that tender love and care. But such beautiful--I've never yet seen a young man or anybody displeased or angy or frightened, really going home to God. Such a beautiful smile, always. So let us pray that we have the gift of sharing the joy with others and giving until it hurts.

Because I talk so much of giving with a smile, once a professor from the United States asked me: "Are you married?" And I said: "Yes, and I find it sometimes very difficult to smile at my spouse, Jesus, because He can be very demanding - sometimes." This is really something true. And this is where love comes in - when it is demanding, and yet we can give it with joy.

One of the most demanding things for me is travelling everywhere - and with publicity. I have said to Jesus that if I don't go to heaven for anything else, I will be going to heaven for all the travelling with all the publicity, because it has purified me and sacrificed me and made me really ready to go home to God.

If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world. From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak - the unborn child - must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for.

Let us love one another as God loves each one of us. And where does this love begin? In our own home. How does it begin? By praying together Prayer for us that we continue God's work with great love. The sisters, the brothers, and the fathers and the lay missionaries of Charity and co-workers: we are all one heart full of love, that we may bring that joy of love everywhere we go. And my prayer for you is that through this love for one another, for this peace and joy in the family, that you may grow in holiness. Holiness is not the luxury of the few; it is a simply duty, for you and for me, because Jesus has very clearly stated, "Be ye holy as my father in heaven is holy." So let us pray for each other that we grow in love for each other, and through this love become holy as Jesus wants us to be for he died out of love for us.

One day I met a lady who was dying of cancer in a most terrible condition. And I told her, I say, "You know, this terrible pain is only the kiss of Jesus--a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you." And she joined her hands together and said, "Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me."

So pray for us that we continue God's work with great love and I will pray for you, for all your families. And also I want to thank the families who have been so generous in giving their daughters to us to consecrate their life to Jesus by the vow of poverty, chastity, obedience, and by giving wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor. This is our fourth vow in our congregation. And we have a novitiate in San Francisco where we have many beautiful vocations who are wanting to give their whole life to Jesus in the service of the poorest of the poor.


So once more I thank you for giving your children to God. And pray for us that we continue God's work with great love.


 

 
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