::.. Knowing Mother Teresa ..:
(Mother Teresa in stained glass, Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, near YYZ)
My aviator friends MAY have to pass over this post.
It is in response to a horrendous distortion both illustrative and written about the life of Mother Teresa. I found it on flickr.
But since I am the world’s worst Catholic, waiting for a saint to respond and finding none, I found I had to rise to the occasion.
There are some who claim to know Mother Teresa, all about her in fact.
And it’s all bad news apparently!
I guess all those legions of folk who went to see her, worked alongside her for years or a lifetime just happened to miss all her dark deeds.
Assertions too silly and too petty to repeat here, and claims neither balanced, nor insightful regarding the actions or motivations of this saint, I came face-to-face with a shocking realization.
Like that spooky kid in Grade seven, who sat at the back of the class, etched swastikas and loved Adolf Hitler… so too I came to realize, there are just some adults out there, who are really out there, who hate Mother Teresa!
Really… they just don’t understand Catholicism in particular, or Christianity in general.
AND ONE should never criticize, what one has failed to understand!
And some just have no religious stirrings at all ~
ANYWAYS, I’ll let Mother Teresa… the criminal (according to Victor)… defend herself through some of her memorable quotes.
"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather
the feeling of being unwanted."
"God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try."
"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the
hunger for bread."
"Jesus said love one another. He didn't say love the whole world."
"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things
with great love."
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are
"Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the
love of Jesus."
"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."
"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."