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Mother to the Poor
By on July 12th, 2011

I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out.   Psalm 40:9

Mother to the Poor

It’s all about love…

“What we need is to love without getting tired.

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

Mother Teresa is known for her dedication to serving the poorest of the poor. She was an Albanian by blood and an Indian citizen.  She knew her calling and said she belonged to the world but her heart belonged entirely to the Heart of Jesus.

At the age of eight her Father died and Teresa learned first hand the hardship of the widow and the fatherless. In 1946 Teresa had many encounters with the heart of Jesus and began to see His longing for those who were lost and outside of the knowledge of His love.  She began to understand how much Jesus desires to be in loving relationship with all people. From that time on, through the rest of her life, she was motivated by this longing to care for those that Jesus loved so much.

She had a great understanding of the power of love and was relentless to share love with those who not been loved and cared for.  She said, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty, than the person who has nothing to eat.”

Known as the Mother to the poor, Teresa established 610 foundations in 123 countries to serve and help the poor. Mother Teresa is a great example to us and she calls to remember that we cannot give what we do not have.  She teaches us…

The world today is hungry not only for bread but for love; hungry to be wanted, to be loved.  You cannot give what you don’t have. Therefore it is necessary to deepen your life of prayer.   To be effective you must allow Jesus to take you, pray with you and through you.

We are called to love the world. And God loved the world so much that he gave Jesus.  Jesus loves the world so much that he gives you and me to be his love, his compassion and to be that presence that comes from a life of prayer, sacrifice, and surrender to God.

We can follow her example and start by praying. Find a website of children in your community who are in need.  Begin to pray for them.  Through prayer God will show you other practical ways you can help.

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

Mother Teresa

 

 

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