Mother Teresa


Mother Theresa in the early years of her ministry

Mother Theresa in the early years of her ministry

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who saw the poverty and suffering around her and she was filled with compassion and kindness. She and her order of nuns began to assist the people everyone wanted to forget. She began in Calcutta, India and worked selflessly with “the poorest of the poor.” Her order began in 1950 and  are called the Missionaries of Charity. There are now more than 500 centers around the world to help the sick, the dying and the destitute. This woman  was a heroine and is considered a saint in the Catholic religion. I am told she was working her way to sainthood. This is all great, but what has amazed and inspired me is Mother Teresa’s compassion, caring, kindness, generosity and authenticity. She walked her talk.

Mother Teresa admonished people to listen to the silence, because if your heart is full of other things you can’t hear God. I believe that all religions and spiritual paths would agree with this. Whether you pray, meditate or chant when you go inside you are in the presence of the One. Being in the presence of the Divine is to experience real love and compassion. The contemplatives and ascetics of all ages and spiritual paths have sought God in the silence and solitude of nature. Many live in caves, forests or on mountaintops. Mother Teresa also would withdraw at times to recharge herself for her work among the least of God’s children.

” Silence of our eyes,

Silence of our ears.

Silence of our mouths.

Silence of our minds.

in the silence of the heart

God will speak”    —Mother Teresa

“Love each other as God loves each one of you, with an

intense and particular love.

Be kind to each other: It is better to commit faults with gentleness

than to work miracles with unkindness.”  —Mother Teresa

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This is a story Mother Teresa often told. I am quoting her words. “One day I picked up a man from the gutter. His body was covered with worms. I brought him to our house, and what did that man say? He did not curse. He did not blame anyone. He just said, “I’ve lived like an animal in the street, but I’m going to die like an angel, loved and cared for! It took us three hours to clean him. Finally, the man looked up at the sister and said, “Sister, I’m going home to God.” And then he died. I’ve never seen such a radiant smile on a human face. He went home to God. See what love can do!” I wonder how many of us have ever shone kindness to a homeless person, let alone one covered with worms.

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Mother Teresa daily gave care to lepers, the dying and the hungry. She also never worried about catching a disease or if she had eaten. I have always made it a practice to give money to the homeless. I am not rich, but I try to divide what I have. One day in Memphis, I was with friends and I saw an obviously homeless and destitute woman sitting on a bench in downtown Memphis. As our group was walking by and talking, I noticed her and took money from my wallet and gave it to her. My behavior horrified the people I was with. One dropped back and asked me why I did that. I told him that I make it a practice to practice random acts of kindness. He expressed surprise and a young woman scoffed at me and said the woman probably owned the building. I responded that that would be fine because she would pass the money on to someone who really needed it. Yes, I know I am an optimist.

Another story that Mother Teresa told was as follows: “Some time ago I made a trip to Ethiopia. Our sisters were working there during that terrible drought. Just as I was about to leave for Ethiopia, I found myself surrounded by many children. Each one of them gave something. “Take this to the children!” they would say. They had many gifts that they wanted to give to our poor. Then a small child, who for the first time had a piece of chocolate, came up to me and said, ” I do not want to eat it. You take it and give it to the children.” This little one gave a great deal, because he gave it all, and he gave something that was very precious to him.”

” Our mission is to convey God’s love—not a dead God, but a living God, a God of love.”  —Mother Tesesa

“Poverty doesn’t only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity. This is where we make our mistake and shove people aside. Not only have we denied the poor a piece of bread, but by thinking that they have no worth and leaving them abandoned in the streets, we have denied them the human dignity that is rightfully theirs as children of God.”  —Mother Teresa

All over the world, we are shoving people aside and taking away their dignity. Here in America, we have replaced compassion, kindness, generosity and love with hatred, bigotry and violence. This is why our societies are breaking down. So, I recommend random acts of kindness. I recommend writing to your Congresspeople. Find the love and compassion for others we have lost and use it to make a better society. Remembering that we are One Family living on One World and love is what binds us together.

Mother Teresa before her death.

Mother Teresa before her death.

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We The People


Injustice and lack of compassion for those who are ill.

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We the People.

I am going to be critical of our respective health care systems and patient treatment, so if you will be offended, skip this post.

I have read posts from friends I care about, posts which have reduced me to despair. I wonder where we are all going and what the purpose behind this is. It seems almost too much to ask a person to accept and yet that is what we are being asked to do – but by whom?

In my heart I see the suffering of my friends and search my heart, my soul, for some way to help them and stop this insidious separation of healthy people from those who are struggling with theirs. Why has this treatment of the ill as an unwelcome burden on society resurfaced with such callous indifference?

This reminds me of the days of biblical times where the lepers…

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Not Getting Justice For Kelly Thomas Is An Injustice For Us All


This is another story of injustice

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I could have been Kelly Thomas.

Unstable.  Homeless.  Homeless not because my family was unwilling to care for me or give me a place to lay my head, but because my mind caused me to wander, to not always trust the people who loved and cared for me most, to live in a reality that ran contrary to the reality that most people know, to see and hear things.

I could have lived scared because of things not truly of my own making.  Misunderstood.  Seen unnecessarily as a threat by other.  Stigmatized against because of something invisible inside of me that impacted my life on a day-to-day basis.

It could have been you, too.

Oh sure, any of us could control those delusions and hallucinations to some extent with medication, but the side effects would also profoundly impact our lives, create tremors, pain, damage vital organs, cause weight gain.  The…

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Women’s News: Savannah Brown Performs Epic Slam Poem, Reminds Us That ‘You Don’t Need Diet Pills To Slim Your Kindness Down’


Every female should listen to this young woman.

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The Huffington Post  |  By Amanda Duberman

“When I first learned that nobody could love me more than me, a world of happiness previously unseen was discovered.”

So begins 17-year-old Savannah Brown’s three-minute takedown of every societal standard forced upon women. Just like Lily Myer’s “Shrinking Women,” which captivated us in October, every second of this poem has power. Brown charges that society perceives confident women as narcissistic (“since when was loving who we are made an offense by morons that don’t matter?”) and buries these same young women’s self-worth so deeply within themselves, that it temporarily disappears:

Sometimes when I need to meet the me that loves me, I can’t find her.
A reminder that the mirror is meant to be a curse so I confine her in my mind.
But when he or she shouts “Let me out,” we’re allowed to listen.

Brown wrote and…

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Israeli Peace-niks Stoned By Palestinians At Peace Conference


This is very sad.

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Israeli Leftists Come For Peace Talks, Get Stoned By Muslims

 

 

 

” They came in peace. They left with stones. They came to meet ordinary Palestinian Muslims, and unfortunately for them, they found them.

  The gathering was to have marked the start of two days of meetings by a grassroots group bringing ordinary Israelis and Palestinians staging together for mock peace talks, organizers said.

  Israeli and Palestinian flags were set up in the hotel’s conference room

  Palestinians threw rocks Thursday at a West Bank hotel, shattering windows and the conference was cut short and three dozen Israeli participants were rushed out the back door, put on Palestinian police buses and driven to safety, organizers said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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