The Joyfulness of Mother Teresa

Posted by Mother Teresa on 9/8/17 7:00 AM

n this 1996 black-and-white file photo, Blessed Teresa of Kolkata visits Catholic Relief Services headquarters in Baltimore, Md, accompanied by Ken Hackett, second from right, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See and former president of CRS, and Sean Callahan, left, and and Bishop John H. Ricard, second from left, of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla. ((CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Relief Services)

May these words from Mother Teresa bring you joy, even in the face of the challenges of daily life.

September 8: Obedience, well lived, frees us from selfishness and pride and helps us to find God.

In him, we find the whole world. Obedience is a special grace that produces unfailing peace, inward joy, and close union with God.

Obedience lived with joy creates a deep awareness of his presence. Fidelity to obedience—constant, prompt, cheerful, undivided obedience—becomes like drops of oil that keep the light of Jesus living in our life. Our Lady will teach us how to obey like Jesus, who was obedient unto death.

September 9: Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Queen and Mother, be more and more our way to Jesus, the light of Jesus, and the life of Jesus in each one of us.


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In return for this gift, let us be more and more a cause of joy to one another, the way of peace to one another, and the living love of Jesus for one another.

September 10 (Celebrated as “Inspiration Day” by the Missionaries of Charity; the day Mother Teresa received her vocation to serve the poorest of the poor):

I knew it was his will, and I had to follow him to those who, like Jesus, had nowhere to lay their head...the naked, despised, forsaken, forgotten, broken.

There was no doubt it was to be his work...the message was quite clear...it was an order.

I knew where I belonged, but I did not know how to get there, how it would be accomplished, so I let myself be used by God in his way, unknown to me.


This blog was excerpted from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations, a collection of short reflections and journal entries by Mother Teresa.


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