Mother Teresa is known for her radiant smile and the joy of Christ that she brought to all she met, even in the most challenging circumstances. She taught us to live in joy, simplicity, humble surrender to Jesus, thankfulness, and, above all, a heart filled with God’s love. These keys will unlock the gift of joy in every thirsting heart. The following words are from Mother Teresa.
We Belong to God
We will be the happiest people in the world if we belong to God, if we place ourselves at his disposal, if we let him use us as he pleases. To be this happy, we must belong to Jesus fully without reservation. He alone is worthy of our love and our total surrender. Once we really belong to him then he is free to use us, to do with us whatever he pleases.
The best way to show your gratitude to God and people is to accept everything with joy. A joyful heart is a normal result of a heart burning with love.
Thirsting for Salvation
I thirst. Hear your own name, not just once—if you listen with your heart, you will hear, you will understand. Jesus’s thirst hidden in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor. This thirst is a reality. He thirsts, I quench.
A Trusting Heart
Ask yourself: Is your love free? Is there total surrender to God in your life? Loving trust and total surrender complete each other. Jesus had unshakable trust in his Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed: “Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” On Calvary, Jesus prayed: “Father, forgive them.” This trust was the fruit of Jesus’s intimate knowledge and love of the Father. Jesus trusted his whole life and his mission into the hands of his Father. That is loving trust. Do we have that trust?
Fishers of Men
Our duty is to satisfy the thirst of Jesus by laboring for the conversion and sanctification of souls in the slums. Our Lord chose the apostles in order to make them fishers of men, bringing many to salvation. Scripture says that we did not choose him, he chose us. He calls us to go forth and bear fruit and this fruit should remain.
In God’s Image
In each of our lives, Jesus comes as the Bread of Life—to be eaten, to be consumed by us. This is how he loves us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed by the love of our heart, by the service of our hands.
Doing so, we prove that we have been created in the image and likeness of God. God is love, and when we love we are like God. This is what Jesus meant when he said, “Be perfect as your Father is perfect.”
Give yourselves unswervingly to God. Conform yourselves in all things to his glory, to his holy will. Prompt, simple, blind, cheerful obedience to God is the proof of faith. If God loves a cheerful giver, how much more does he love an obedient giver? We must obey with our whole heart and soul, like Jesus. He obeyed unto death, even death on the cross.
We must all grow in a clear conviction of our duty to be holy as Jesus is holy. Holiness is one of the most beautiful gifts a human heart can offer to God. We should serve Jesus in his poor by doing for them the things we would like to do for him. This is where sanctity is hidden for us: In knowing Jesus, in loving Jesus, and in serving Jesus in the people around us. If we do this, we will become professionals in holiness.