A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, December 08, 2006

The Quotable Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness.

Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity. If you learn this art of being thoughtful, you will become more and more Christlike, for his heart was meek and always thought of others.

If we pray, we will believe; if we believe, we will love; if we love, we will serve.

If you think well of others, you will also speak well of others and to others. From the abundance of the mouth the heart speaks. If your heart if full of love, you will speak of love.

Pray. Prayer is the way to listen to God, to speak with him, and to understand his love for us.

The more we empty ourselves, the more room we give God to fill us.

God loves a cheerful giver. She or he gives best who gives with a smile.

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise or disgrace, because you know what you are.

Happiness is the sign of a generous person. It is often the mantle of self-sacrifice. Joy is the surest way to announce Christianity to the world.

Forgiveness offers us a clean heart and people will be 100 times better after it.

(The poor) don't need pity; they need love and compassion. If you don't know them, you don't love them and serve them.

Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your own weakness.

If the rich people can have full service and devotion of so many nuns and priests, surely the poorest of the poor and the lowest of the low can have the love and devotion of us few. "The Slum Sister" they call me, and I am glad to be just that for his love and glory.

The family is a beautiful and precious gift of God, and let us make sure that we never destroy this beautiful gift but keep the family united through prayer, love and sacrifice.

A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, must empty ourselves. The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.

The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts-- a child-- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.

1 comment:

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks, Allan. She truly seems like one whose heart was full of good things, and who sought to follow Christ in all things.