Mother Teresa: “Do It Anyway” & “Life”

This poem found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta

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Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

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Life

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

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#ShortNews: Cardinal Parolin: Mother Teresa ‘a clear mirror of the love of God’

Celebrating the Thanksgiving Mass after the canonization of Mother Teresa, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said that the new saint is “a clear mirror of the love of God and an admirable example of service to our neighbor, especially to the poorest, most derelict, and most abandoned of people.”

Quoting from the address that Mother Teresa delivered as she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for 1979, the cardinals said: “It is very important to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. It hurt Jesus to love us, it hurt him.”

Cardinal Parolin reminded the congregation that in speaking of the “poorest of the poor,” Mother Teresa had said that unborn children are the neediest of all people.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/09/05/cardinal_parolin_%E2%80%98st_teresa_shows_that_love_has_to_hurt%E2%80%99/1255878

#ShortNews: Over 100,000 expected for canonization of Mother Teresa

More than 100,000 people are expected to gather in St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of Mother Teresa on Sunday.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters at a September 2 press conference that all of the 100,000 tickets allotted for the ceremony have been distributed. However, he said, officials fully expect that thousands of people without tickets will crowd the streets around St. Peter’s Square for the ceremony.

At the press conference, the man who was healed by the miracle that qualified Mother Teresa for canonization told reporters that does not consider himself special. “Maybe it was me this time, but maybe tomorrow it will be someone else,” said Marcillio Haddad Andrino, who was inexplicably healed of a deadly brain infection. “The merciful Lord looks at us all without distinction.”

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160902/mother-teresas-miracle-doesnt-feel-special-just-loved

#ShortNews: Canonization of Mother Teresa to be set March 15

Pope Francis will sign a decree authorizing the canonization of Mother Teresa on March 15.

At an ordinary consistory (a meeting of the cardinals present in Rome) on that date, the Pope will approve decrees for the canonization of Mother Teresa and of José Luis Sanchez del Rio, Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary (Jan Papczynski), José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad.

The date for the canonization of Mother Teresa has not been announced, but Vatican-watchers speculate that the ceremony could take place on September 4, the 9th anniversary of her death.

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/vatican/2016/03/07/pope-to-sign-mother-teresa-canonization_ccc69f78-a6c4-454f-80be-32c17f54455d.html

#ShortNews: Mother Teresa to be canonized, Vatican confirms

The Vatican has confirmed a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, clearing the way for her canonization.

On December 17, Pope Francis approved a series of decrees from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, including a decree attesting to the authenticity of the miracle: the spontaneous healing of a Brazilian engineer, just prior to scheduled surgery for a severe brain infection.

“I am overjoyed,” said Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta, responding to the news from Rome. “This Christmas is very special.” On December 18 the archbishop celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at the mother house of the Missionaries of Charity, the order that Mother Teresa founded.

The date for the canonization of Mother Teresa has not yet been announced. But there is heavy speculation that the ceremony will take place next September 4th or 5th, marking the anniversary of her death in 1997.

In other decrees made public on December 18, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attested to the “heroic virtue” of three candidates, who will now be eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their intercession. They are:

  • Giuseppe Ambrosoli (1923- 1987), an Italian missionary priest;
  • Adolfo (Leonardo) Lanzuela Martinez (1894- 1976) Ambrosoli (1923- 1987), a Spanish religious brother; and
  • Heinrich Hahn (1800- 1882), an Italian layman.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/12/18/blessed_teresa_of_calcutta_to_be_made_a_saint/1195224

#MoralStory : Redefine Happiness

This story is about a beautiful, rich, expensively dressed lady who complained to her psychiatrist that, she felt her whole life was empty and worthless, had no meaning after her husband passed away. She became all alone in the big house. All these German Cars, House, Expensive Furniture, French Cutlery, French Perfume, Persian Carpet, Imported Piano, all the Beethoven Collection, they all became, just useless objects to her. After a long thinking, she decided to do something about it. Then next question was, “What to do now?”

So the lady went to visit a counsellor to seek permanent and long-lasting happiness.  The counsellor called over an old lady who cleaned the office floors. The counsellor then said to the rich lady “I’m going to ask Mary here to tell you how she found happiness. All I want you to do is listen to her.”

So the old cleaning lady put down her broom and sat on a chair and told her story: “Well, my husband died of malaria and three months later my only son was killed in a car accident. I had nobody… I had nothing left. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, I never smiled at anyone, I even thought of taking my own life.

Then one evening, a little kitten followed me home from work. Somehow I felt sorry for that kitten. It was cold outside, so I decided to let the kitten in. I got it some milk, and the kitten licked the plate clean. Then it purred and rubbed against my leg and for the first time, in months, I smiled.

Then I stopped to think, if helping a little kitten could make me smile, may be doing something for people could make me happier. So the next day I baked some biscuits and took them to a neighbour who was sick in bed. Every day I tried to do something nice for someone. It made me so happy to see them happy. Today, I don’t know of anybody who sleeps and eats better than I do. I’ve found happiness, by giving it to others.”

When the rich lady heard that, she cried. She had everything that money could buy, but she had lost the things which money cannot buy. The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are; it depends on how happy others can be because of you. Later, that lady became a President of a Philanthropic Organization in Dallas Texas, where President John F. Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, who in turn, was killed by another maniac, Jack Ruby. Now the lady is busy almost all twenty-four hours of the day, serving people, finding eternal happiness.

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In Small Things

“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~ Teresa of Calcutta.

The gift that the lover desires be imprinted in the memory of the beloved is the one he holds to be the greatest. Christ says: “Remember that I died”; he does not say: “Remember that I created you, that I became incarnate, that I became present in the Eucharist.” Therefore, the greatest gift is his death.

This truth is confirmed in the following: That demonstration of love which the lover displays and reaffirms most is the one he holds as the greatest. Christ reaffirmed his death and nothing else. Though he had infinite benefits at his disposal, he only granted us his death. Therefore, this is the greatest.

Furthermore, Christ’s other gifts can be referred to but not represented. Death can be referred to, recommended, and represented. Therefore, not only is his death the greatest gift, but it is the summation of them all. I prove it thus: Christ through his death repeats for us the benefits of creation, because with his death he restores it to its original grace. Christ through his death reiterates the gift of preservation, not only because he preserves temporal life, dying in order that we may live, but because he gives us his flesh and blood for sustenance. Christ through his death recapitulates for us the benefits of the Incarnation, because whereas in the Incarnation he is united with the most pure flesh of his Mother, in his death he becomes united to us all, shedding his blood for all. Only apparently is the Eucharist not represented in his death because the Eucharist itself is the representation of his death. And this proves that the greatest demonstration of love is his death.