Mother Teresa

POETRY: Calcutta To Cannon Beach by Nathaniel Lee Hansen

March 24, 2017

I have His darkness—I have His pain—I have the terrible longing for God. (Mother Teresa) That at times this future saint could not sense her Lord while sweating words with pen read as a revelation to me, disclosed that she was human, too. God’s omnipresence still too far—boils, sores, and scars too near, so faith meant treading the waters of theology’s raw mystery, their paradox: belief is doubt that we can know with certainty. And so I cup the ocean with my hands, though fingers leak, dry, then crack. Yet for a moment, I can clutch the ocean with my makeshift bowl, taste the salt my everyday eyes cannot [...]

SAINTS: Teresa Of Calcutta — Longing For God With Our Whole Being, by Greg Friedman

March 24, 2017

From: Lent With The Saints Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 8:6c-11ab, 14, 17; Romans 5:12-19; Mark 12:28b-34 No list of Lenten saints would be complete without Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  I was fortunate enough to see her in person in June 1981.  I didn’t get to meet her personally but felt blessed just to be in her presence. Little did we know that this saintly woman had, for many years, walked a path of inner darkness.  Several years ago, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, promoting her cause for sainthood, edited a book called Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light.  He recalled the years she endured dark nights of the soul, despite her great love for God and certainty that God had called her to special work with the poor. Father Kolodiejchuk says that, [...]

PRAYER: Delivery Me From Myself, by Mother Teresa

February 26, 2016

Lord, when I think that my heart is overflowing with love and realize in a moment’s honesty that it is only myself that I love in the loved one, Deliver me from myself. Lord, when I think that I have given all that I have to give and realize in a moment’s honesty that it is I who am the recipient, Deliver me from myself. Lord, when I have convinced myself that I am poor and realize in a moment’s honesty that I am rich in pride and envy, Deliver me from myself. And, Lord, when the Kingdom of Heaven merges deceptively with the kingdoms of this world, Let nothing satisfy me but God. [...]

MYSTICISM: Mary’s Example, by Mother Teresa

January 9, 2015

From Total Surrender The Magnificat is Our Lady’s prayer of thanks.  She can help us to love Jesus best; she is the one who can show us the shortest way to Jesus.  Mary was the one whose intercession led Jesus to work the first miracle.  “They have no wine,” she said to Jesus.  “Do whatever he tells you,” she said to the servants.  Let us go to her with great love and trust.  We are serving Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor. ♥ Through all the work we do for Jesus, with Jesus, to Jesus, we will ask him to deepen our love for his mother, to make it more personal and intimate, so as to: love her as he loved her, be a cause of joy to her as he was, keep close to her as he kept close, share [...]

GOD 101: On The Matter Of Blame

February 4, 2014

The blows to our self-esteem that concern us are the constant, insidious attacks upon our self-image from the blame that we experience every day.  Even though we don’t usually realize it consciously, our self-esteem is under a relentless bombardment of blame: blame from others; blame even from ourselves.  These internal accusations simply devastate our self-esteem, because they make us feel ashamed and guilty. (James E. Sullivan, The Good Listener) It’s the shrill cry of the atheist: Why believe in someone who just sits on his throne in Heaven and judges us? It’s the even shriller cry of our souls when we look down and see the blood of others on our hands: How can I go before God — or those around him — when I [...]

LOVE: Total Surrender, by Mother Teresa

November 12, 2013

From Where There Is Love, There Is God Total surrender consists in giving ourselves completely to God – Why must we give ourselves fully to God?  Because God has given himself to us.  If God, who owes nothing to us, is ready to impart to us no less than himself, shall we answer with just a fraction of ourselves?  To give ourselves fully to God is a means of receiving God himself.  I for God and God for me.  I live for God and give up my own self, and in this way induce God to live for me.  Therefore to possess God we must allow him to possess our soul.  How poor we would be if God had not given us the power of giving ourselves to him.  How rich we are now!  And how easy it is to conquer God!  We give ourselves to God; then [...]

SATURDAY READING: Death Does Not Exist, by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

October 5, 2013

From On Life After Death This morning I’m going to share with you how a two-pound “nothing” found her way, her path in life.  I’m going to share with you how you too can be convinced that this life, this time that you are in a physical body, is a very, very short span of your total existence.  It’s a very important time because you are here for a very special purpose which is yours and yours alone.  If you live well, you will never have to worry about dying.  You can do that even if you have only one day to live.  The question of time is not terribly important; it is a man-made, artificial concept anyway. To live well means basically to learn to love.  I was very touched yesterday when the speaker mentioned, “Faith, love, [...]

MORNING DEW: Daily Prayer, by Mother Teresa

January 9, 2013

Dear Jesus, help me to spread thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. [...]

PRAYER: A Prayer of Compassion by Mother Teresa

January 26, 2012

Lord, open our eyes, that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord, open our ears, that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts, that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one. [...]

PRAYER: Give Me to Drink, by Mother Teresa

January 7, 2012

When I was hungry, you gave me to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me to drink. Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me. Now enter the house of my Father.  When I was homeless, you opened your doors. When I was naked, you gave me your coat. When I was weary, you helped me find rest. When I was anxious, you calmed all my fears. When I was little, you taught me to read. When I was lonely, you gave me your love. When I was in prison, you came to my cell. When on a sick bed, you cared for my needs. In a strange country, you made me feel at home. Seeking employment, you found me a job. Hurt in a battle, you bound up my wounds. Searching for kindness, you held out your hand. When I was Negro, or Chinese, or white, [...]

MYSTICISM: Christopher Hitchens Is Dead: A Tribute to Mother Teresa

January 6, 2012

I was traveling to Darjeeling by train when I heard the voice of God.  I was sure it was God’s voice.  I was certain that he was calling me.  The message was clear.  I must leave the convent to help the poor by living among them.  This was a command, something to be done, something definite.  I knew where I had to be.  But I did not know how to get there. At the time of Mother Teresa’s death, there were over six hundred missions of charity in 123 countries. These included her homes for the dying (hospices), homes for those suffering with AIDS/HIV, home for those with leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, orphanages, and schools. One day, Christopher Hitchens decided to make a documentary about Mother Teresa.  It was [...]