Tomorrow marks the feast day of a wonderful saint in our church….St. Teresa of Calcutta.
I will never forget the first time I saw this little woman on TV.
I remember the news reporter discussing how this little woman was treating the “sickest of the sick”.
The room full of white sheets and cots as this little woman dressed in white and blue moved from bed to bed.
She caressed those hard faces…..she lovingly held the dying…..and bandaged up those filthy wounds.
What the news reporter tried to pass off as “heroic virtue”, Mother Teresa reassured them it was simply “being Christ” to others.
Her faith was simple.
Her faith was strong.
I remember a few years later …she seemed so frail….too old to be doing all the work that she so tirelessly did.
However, I remember seeing a picture of her smiling and the joy that radiated from her eyes.
Her beauty shown forth from her soul.
She was a small woman who spoke with such conviction, and faith.
Tomorrow, I will spend the day writing some of these lesser known but beautiful quotes, from St. Teresa, on paper flowers throughout my home…..
“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”
“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
I thank God for this spunky, little Indian woman who has blessed this Earth.
I pray that her example may be a catalyst to the fire in all of our hearts to want less things, judge less hearts, and give more love.
St. Teresa….pray for us!