Charlie's Blog: Saint Teresa of Calcutta

9.04.2016

Saint Teresa of Calcutta


Let us carry Mother Teresa’s smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey.
POPE FRANCIS

Today, the Holy Father has canonized Saint Teresa of Calcutta. But she will always be Mother to those who knew her and loved her. There are many things I can write about her, but they cannot do justice to her sanctity. Hers was a life devoted to our Lord--in the Blessed Sacrament and in the faces of all the poor she served. The fact that she performed all this service and love while enduring deep inner anguish and darkness only testifies to the immense love she had for Jesus Christ. And she was no politically correct saint telling world leaders and social justice warriors things they wanted to hear. Saint Teresa was not a SJW. She was a saint amongst us. May we all aspire to be like her in the conduct of our lives and service. May we all love the Lord as she did. And thanks be to God for His blessings and grace upon her and upon us.


Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I don't know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will NOT ask, How many good things have you done in your life?, rather he will ask, How much LOVE did you put into what you did?

Good works are links that form a chain of love.

I do not pray for success. I ask for faithfulness.

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.


I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.

I think I'm more difficult than critical.

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.

Intense love does not measure. It just gives.

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.


Jesus said love one another. He didn't say love the whole world.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

The success of love is in the loving - it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.


There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.

There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough.

We are all pencils in the hand of God.

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.