In light of so much negativity and obsessing over the results of this most recent election, and in light of the exhaustion that strikes many teachers and students at this time of year I thought I would share a tid-bit of what I’ve been reading and reflecting on from Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa so often focused on the important things – the small things, in life. I have been so struck by her words because it reminds me the impact I can make on the world in the smallest of ways, just by the way I choose to live my life.
There are many medicines and cures for all kinds of sicknesses. But unless kind hands are given in service and generous hearts are given in love, I do not think there can ever be a cure for the terrible sickness of being unloved.
None of us has the right to condemn anyone. Even when we see people doing bad and we don’t know why they do it. Jesus invites us not to pass judgment. Maybe we are the ones who have helped make them what they are. We need to realize that they are our brothers and sisters. That leper, that drunkard, and that sick person are our brothers because they too have been created for a greater love. This is something that we should never forget. Jesus Christ identifies Himself with them and says “Whatever you did to the least of my brethren, you did it to me”. Perhaps it is because we haven’t them our understanding and love that they find themselves on the streets without love and care.
Be kind, very kind, to the suffering poor. We little realize what they go through. The most difficult part is not being wanted.
One thing will always secure heaven for us: the acts of charity and kindness with which we have filled our lives. We will never know how much good a simple smile can do. We tell people how kind, forgiving, and understanding God is, but are we the living proof? Can they actually see this kindness, this forgiveness, this understanding alive in us?
Let us be very sincere in our dealings with each other and have the courage to accept each other as we are. Do not be surprised or become preoccupied at each other’s failure; rather see and find the good in each other, for each one of us is created in the image of God. Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other’s faults and failures.
Use your tongue for the good of others, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. We have to possess before we can give. Those who have the mission of giving to other must grow first in the knowledge of God.