Friday, October 09, 2009

Mother Teresa on Love and Suffering

FROM THE NOBEL Peace Prize acceptance speech of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, December 11th, 1979:
...There is so much suffering, so much hatred, so much misery, and we with our prayer, with our sacrifice are beginning at home. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do. It is to God Almighty — how much we do it does not matter, because He is infinite, but how much love we put in that action. How much we do to Him in the person that we are serving...

...Because today there is so much suffering — and I feel that the passion of Christ is being relived all over again — are we there to share that passion, to share that suffering of people. Around the world, not only in the poor countries, but I found the poverty of the West so much more difficult to remove. When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread, I have satisfied. I have removed that hunger. But a person that is shut out, that feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person that has been thrown out from society — that poverty is so hurtable and so much, and I find that very difficult....

2 comments:

  1. You might want to correct that date on there...12/11/09 hasn't occurred yet! :-D

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  2. Thank you very much for pointing out my error. No matter how careful I try to be......

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