Mother Teresa (2)
"I do this because I believe I am doing
it for Jesus. I am very sure that this is
his work. I am very sure. I am very sure
that is He and not me."
"Once I gave a prayer to a communist
and he took it back to his family and the
children started to pray. When he saw me
again he said, "Mother you don't know
how your prayer and picture have disturbed
the whole family. The children want to know
who God is. They want to know why Mother
is speaking this way." The children
are hungry. This is why we need to pray together."
"I once picked up a child of six or
seven in the street and took her to Shishu
Bhavin (a children's home) and gave her a
bath, some clothes and some nice food. That
evening the child ran away. We took the child
in a second and a third time, and she ran
away. After the third time I sent a Sister
to follow her. The Sister found the child
sitting with her mother and sister under
a tree. There was a little dish there and
the mother was cooking food she had picked
up from the streets. There were cooking there,
they were eating there, they were sleeping
there. It was their home. And then we understood
why the child ran away. The mother just loved
that child and the child loved the mother.
They were so beautiful to each other. The
child said 'bari jabo' - it was her home.
Her mother was her home."
"A family in Australia with six or seven
children talked together and decided not
to buy a new television. They wanted to enjoy
each other more completely. They had enough
of what they needed for each other in each
other. Instead of buying the television,
they gave the money to me to do something
for the poor Aborigines there. They overcame
something they thought divided them, an obstacle
to the joy of loving. And they recognized
the sharing, the talking, the laughing, the
loving, the teasing. The whole family is
"At Christmas I was talking to our lepers
and telling them that the leprosy is a gift
from God. That God can trust them so much
that he gives them this terrible suffering.
And they were so lonely like Jesus felt when
he came. He was also very lonely because
as a human being he was away from the Father.
And one man, who was completely disfigured,
started pulling at my sari. 'Repeat that,'
he said. 'Repeat that this is God's love.
Those who are suffering understand you when
you talk like this, Mother Teresa.' Christ
is really living his passion in these homes.
In our people we see Calvary."
"I never look at the masses as my responsibility.
I look at the individual. I can love only
one person at a time. I can feed one person
at a time. Just one, one, one. You get closer
to Christ by coming closer to each other.
As Jesus said, "Whatever you do to the
least of my brethren, you do to me."
So you begin. I picked up one person - maybe
if I didn't pick up that one person, I would
not have picked up 42,000."
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