9.17.2005

Encouragement and Advice from Mother Teresa

I came across some quotes from Mother Teresa, and I thought that a lot of them were incredibly poignant. Many of them can be used in the line of work that we do - ministering to abortion-vulnerable, abortion-minded, and post-abortive women. Enjoy these, and choose a favorite to reflect on for awhile. It'll do your heart good.

- Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.

- Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart.

- I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, "Love one another as I have loved you." Ask yourself "How has he loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?" Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.

- 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 who have received so much love, share it with others. Love others the way that God has loved you, with tenderness.

- Love does not measure; it just gives.

- Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.

- Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.

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

- The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.

- There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

- There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough.

- 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.

- We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

- Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

very insipiring words

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