Mother Teresa of Calcutta {5/31 Niches}

Mother Teresa, (1910 Macedonia – 1997 India)

“I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.”

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories, and Prayers

On Sundays in order to prioritize family time this month, I’m going to simply share quotes from people who are already well-known for their niche. I’ll probably also share links to more information about them and ask you to reflect on how their niche challenges us, assumptions about the church, or balances out a more popular niche in Christianity.

“Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at at all. Do it for peace. Let us radiate the peace of God and so light His light and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power. Smile at one another”

“Do not be surprised at or become preoccupied with each other’s failure; rather see and find the good in each other, for each one of us is created in the image of God. Jesus has said it beautifully: “I am the vine; you are the branches.” The life-giving sap that flows from the vine through each of the branches is the same.”

“There are many medicines and cures for all kinds of sick people. But unless kind hands are given in service and generous hearts are given in love, I do not think there can ever be any cure for the terrible sickness of feeling unloved.”

“This is the wonderful part of our vocation, that as Missionaries of Charity we have created an awareness of the poor in the whole world. Twenty years ago no one would have believed that there were hungry, naked men and women around. Today the whole world knows our poor because of our work. And they want to share.

Why is our congregation known all over the world today? It is because people see what we do: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, taking care of the sick and the dying. Because they see, they believe.”

All of these quotes were found in the book listed above though
I found it on Scribd along with another short book of reflections and an excellent biography that I now want to read. This series is making my reading list so long! :)

Happy Sunday, All!

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