I will never forget one of the first times I visited a woman in a nursing home ... early 60s, a bright mind, and a body that would not work at all (not even able to talk). Could you imagine? I left there ashamed of my selfishness and knew I had to make a change. I must learn how to love and I prayed God would help me. I believe that over the years he has allowed several trials in my life as an answer to that prayer ... and even though it's been hard to endure sometimes, I know that after everything else burns up, only the gold will remain. Love IS gold. I will gladly take on any trial sent my way, knowing that the dross and scum is being removed.
I will never forget the first book I read from Mother Teresa ... she put me to shame ... yet at the same time she inspired and encouraged me to be a better person. So here now I would like to share several quotes from Mother Teresa. May her words inspire you to love more fully.
“These are the few ways we can practice humility:
To speak as little as possible of one's self.
To mind one's own business.
Not to want to manage other people's affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one's dignity.
To choose always the hardest.”
“Never be so busy as not to think of others.”
“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.” (and may I add that guns and bombs can be figurative too)
“God doesn't ask that we succeed in everything, but that we are faithful. However beautiful our work may be, let us not become attached to it. Always remain prepared to give it up, without losing your peace.”
“God gives us things to share, God doesn't give us things to hold...”
“every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing”
“Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is in the street, today somebody is hungry. ... We have only today to make Jesus known, loved, served, fed, clothed, sheltered. Do not wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow we will not have them if we do not feed them today.”
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I 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?”
“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house.
That says enough.”