Lent with Mother Teresa: Seventy-Seven Times?

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”—Matthew 18:21–22

In January 1973, Mother Teresa was interviewed by Ralph Rolls on a BBC program entitled Belief and Life. Referring to the conflict in Northern Ireland, Rolls asked her to talk about what Christians needed to do to bring peace to the region. Her advice was readily reduced into one simple word: forgiveness.

Holy Quotes from Mother Teresa

The call to holiness guided Mother Teresa throughout her life. She said, “Every day I pray, please let my people grow in holiness. I need holy people to offer to God, I don’t need numbers. That urgency for holiness was what she taught me, by example, by words, by silence. It is not possible for those of us who claim to be her spiritual children to ignore the heroic promise she made to God: “I will give saints to Mother Church.”

Fr. Angelo Scolozzi, M.T.

Lent with Mother Teresa: Little Gifts of Grace

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.—Psalm 51:10–12

Mother Teresa: Our Guide through Lent

Mother Teresa tended to broken souls and bodies at every age and from every walk of life. From the Indian children at Nirmala Shishu Bhavan to the elderly in Nirmal Hriday (Home for the Dying), the Missionaries of Charity still uplift and comfort the truly desperate and helpless. They live and work right in the struggle, sinking their roots deep where they have been planted out of love for God. Often there is no miracle cure, not even a deathbed conversion for all the love and prayer they pour into their work. Yet they remain faithful to the work they believe God calls them to do.

Mother Teresa: From Holy Life to Eternal Life

One of the mainstays of Mother Teresa’s spirituality was a willingness to suffer in the service of others, to share their material poverty and, as she eventually came to believe, Christ’s passion. But in the final decade of her life, ill health was added to her burden of suffering. Years of backbreaking work finally caught up with her, and her body began to give way.

Mother Teresa on the Importance of Family

Love begins at home, Mother Teresa insisted when she was alive. Home and family are the twin tutors in love, compassion, patience, and service. The following words, which all center on the importance of family, are from Mother Teresa herself, taken from the book Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations.

Mother Teresa on Prayer

Mother Teresa devoted her life to prayer, to finding oneness with God. The following words, which all center on the importance of prayer, are from Mother Teresa herself, taken from the book Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations.

Advent with Mother Teresa: O Root of Jesse

O root of Jesse's stem,
sign of God's love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!

When we sing the line of the popular Advent hymn, “O come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem, From ev’ry foe deliver them,” the significance of this phrase is lost on many of us. In reality, this line contains the reason for our joy, for it reminds us that no one—no one—is beyond the reach of God’s mercy.

Advent with Mother Teresa: Put the Past in the Past

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
—Psalm 25:6–7

The prophet Balaam is the protagonist in one of my favorite Bible stories—Balaam and his inscrutable donkey (see Numbers 22:22–40, which precedes today’s  first reading).

Advent with Mother Teresa: Choosing Oneness