Mother Teresa (1)
Saints are beautiful. Mother Teresa had a
dream - that before they die, all people
will know that they are loved. And she worked
to make that dream a reality. One day she
was walking past an open drain and she caught
the glimpse of something moving in it. She
investigated and found a dying man whom she
took home so that he could die in peace.
"I lived like an animal in streets,"
the man told her. "Now I will die like
an angel." "How wonderful to see
a person die in love," she exclaimed,
"with the joy of love, the perfect peace
of Christ in his face."
"A few weeks ago, there was a French
girl from Paris University here. She is working
on her Ph.D. Suddenly she comes to me and
tells me, "I have found Jesus."
I said, "Where did you find Jesus?"
"In the home of the dying." And
I said, "What did you do when you found
Jesus?" "I went to confession and
communion." It was fifteen years since
she last did that. And I said, "What
else did you do?" "I sent a telegram
to my parents to tell them I found Jesus."
All the way from Paris… then contact with
these people (in the home) and she found
"Really, God is very much in love with
us. For example, we go to confession full
of sin and come out without sin. How could
there be greater love? This is something
the human mind cannot understand. This is
why Jesus continually says, 'Love as I have
loved you.' We must be able to forgive like
"Once a lady came to me in great sorrow
and told me that her daughter had lost her
husband and a child. The entire daughter's
hatred had turned on the mother. She would
not even see the mother. So I said, "Now
you think a bit about the little things that
your daughter liked when she was a child.
Maybe flowers or a special food. Try to give
her some of these things without looking
for a return." And she started doing
some of these things, like putting the daughter's
favorite flower on the table, or leaving
a beautiful piece of cloth for her. And she
did not look for a return from the daughter.
Several days later the daughter said, "Mommy,
come. I love you. I want you." It was
very beautiful. By being reminded of the
joy of childhood, the daughter reconnected
with her family life."
"Some people talk about hunger but they
don't come and say, "Mother, here is
five rupees. By food for these people."
But they can give a most beautiful lecture
on hunger. I had the most extraordinary experience
once in Bombay. There was a big conference
about hunger. I was supposed to go to that
meeting but I lost my way. Suddenly I came
to that place and right in front of the door
to where hundred of people were talking about
food and hunger, I found a dying man. I took
him out and took him home. He died there.
He died of hunger. And the people inside
were talking how in 15 years we will have
so much food, so much this and so much that,
and that man died. See the difference?"
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