Quotations from Mother Teresa

I got these from a mail list I was on many years ago, so I don't have any citations for them. If you would like to pass on citations, just jump to the feedback page and let me know.


We stand before the world as ambassadors
of peace by preaching the message of love
in action that crosses all barriers of
nationality, creed, or country.

The humbler the work, the greater should be
your love and efficiency.

Be not afraid of the life of sacrifice.


Jesus, you have given everything, life, blood, all.
Now it is my turn.
I put everything into the field also.
The common soldier fights in the ordinary lines,
but the devoted one tries to be near the captain
to share his fate.

This is the spirit of Christ.


Jesus loved and still loves the unwanted and the unloved.
He loves them deeply.
He died for them, and He doesn't stop saying:

" Love one another as I have loved you.
As the Father loves me, love one another. "


God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son. Jesus said, " As the Father has loved
me, so I have loved you. "

The Father's love, the Son's love, and our love is
but a giving until it hurts.


People who are unloved and unwanted are,
just like us, children of God. Even more, they
are Christ in our midst and they belong to us.
They are our brothers and sisters.

God loves people and provides for them.
They are more important to Him than the
lilies of the field and the sparrows.

We need to be someone for the naked who
not only lack clothing but mercy.

We need to be someone for the destitute who
not only lack a roof over their heads, but who
are deprived of having someone who cares,
someone to belong to.


Jesus came to earth to give charity its rightful
place in the hearts of men. " By this," He said,
" men shall know that you are my disciples, if
you have love for one another " - and this
commandment will last for all eternity.

True love for our neighbor is to wish him well
and to do good to him.


Jesus is the Light
Jesus is the Truth
Jesus is the Life

We too must be:
the Light of Charity
the Truth of Humility
the Life of Sanctity


His love for us led Christ to Gethsemane and to Calvary.

Whatever you do, even if you help somebody
cross the road, you do it to Jesus.

Even if you give somebody a glass of water,
you do it to Jesus.

Such a simple little teaching, but it is so important.


Holiness is the greatest gift that God can give
us because for that reason He created us.

There is great humility in God.
He can stoop down to people like us and
become dependent on us for His work to live,
to grow, to bear fruit.
And He could easily have done it without us.
Yet He stooped down and called us to do it.

Jesus said, " Learn of me for I am meek and
humble of heart. "


Christ must be the light that shines through you,
and the people looking at you must see only Jesus.

You have a challenge from Jesus to meet:

He has shed the light, and you will take His
light and lighten every heart you meet.


You are to be that presence of Christ to each other.
Love each other tenderly as Jesus loves each one of you.
Tender love for each other speaks much louder than all
the words you can say.

Love until it hurts; it takes deep sacrifice to proclaim
the word of God.


It is very important that right from the beginning we
simply live the gospel. Live the gospel in prayer;
live the gospel in words.

You won't be able to give what you don't have.


We could know all possible knowledge, and all of theology
and all the things about God, but we would not be able to
light a fire in the hearts of the people. We could just be
uttering words, not living those words. That is why it is
necessary for us that our words be the fruit of our life, the
fruit of our prayers. "

The mission of proclaiming Christ, through action
or through words, is one mission, the mission of
love and compassion.

Faith in action through prayer, faith in action through
service: each is the same thing, the same love, the same
compassion. This is something that should encourage
us and should be a strength for us, that we complete
each other more fully.

The fruit of Silence is Prayer.
The fruit of Prayer is Faith.
The fruit of Faith is Love.
The fruit of Love is Service.
The fruit of Service is Peace.

God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen.
And then we speak to God from the fullness of our
heart, and God listens.

And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is
meant to be: oneness with God, oneness with Jesus.


The fullness of our heart is expressed in our eyes,
in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, in
the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we
need. That is the fullness of our heart expressing
itself in many different ways.

Listen in silence, because if your heart is full of
other things you cannot hear the voice of God.

In the silence of the heart, God speaks and you have
to listen. Then in the fullness of your heart, because it
is full of God, full of love, full of compassion, full of
faith, your mouth will speak.

Both humility and prayer grow from an ear, mind,
and tongue that have lived in silence with God,
for in the silence of the heart God speaks.

The time we spend in having our daily audience
with God is the most precious part of the whole day.

Find Jesus, and you will find peace.

Love begins at home.

Everything depends on how we love each other.
Do not be afraid to love until it hurts,
for this is how Jesus loved.


We need each other.
Our lives would be empty without each other.

How can we love God and His poor, if we do
not love each other with whom we live?


We must become holy not because we want to
feel holy, but because Christ must be able to live
His life fully in us.

We are to be all love, all faith, all purity for the
sake of the poor we serve.


Our holy faith is nothing but a gospel of love,
revealing to us God's love for men and claiming
in return man's love for God.

We must spread God's love on earth if we want
to make souls repent wholeheartedly for sin, to
strengthen them in temptation, and to increase
their generosity and their desire to suffer for Christ.


" Unless you become like a little child, you cannot
enter into heaven. "

And what is being a little child?

It is having a clean heart, a pure heart, a heart that
holds Jesus, a heart that can say again and again,
" Jesus in my heart, I believe in your tender love
for me. I love you. "


We must know that we have been created for greater
things, not just to be a number in the world, not just
to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that
work.

We have been created in order to love and to be loved.


Love is not something that fossilizes,
but something that lives.

Works of love, and declaring love,
is the way to peace.

And where does this love begin?--
right in our hearts.


Today let us recall the love of God for you and for me.
His love is so tender.
His love is so great, so real, so living
that Jesus came just to teach us that--
how to love.

There is no limit to God's love.
It is without measure and its depth
cannot be sounded.

I for God and God for me.

I live for God and give up my own self,
and in this way God lives for me.


Total surrender consists in giving ourselves completely
to God. We must give ourselves fully to God because
God has given Himself fully to us. If God owes nothing
to us and is ready to impart to us no less than Himself,
shall we answer with just a fraction of ourselves?

To possess God we must allow Him to possess our souls.

How poor we would be if God had not given us the
power of giving ourselves to Him; how rich we are now!


I want you to fill your heart with great love.
Don't imagine that love, to be true and burning,
must be extraordinary.

No; what we need in our love is the continuous
desire to love the One we love.


Love is a fruit, in season at all times and
within the reach of every hand. Anyone
may gather it and no limit is set.

Zeal for souls is the effect and the proof of true love
of God. We cannot but be consumed with the desire
for saving souls, the greatest and dearest interest of
Jesus. Therefore, zeal is the test of love and the test
of zeal is devotedness to His cause--spending life and
energy in the work of souls.

The very fact that God has placed a certain soul in
your way is a sign that God wants to do something
for him. It is not chance--it has been planned by God.

We are bound in conscience to help.
If a soul desires God, he has the right to be given the
means to go to Him. No one has the right to stand
between.

Look at the cross and you will know what one soul
means to Jesus.


A joyful heart is like a sunshine of God's love.

Bring prayer in your family,
bring it to your little children.
Teach them to pray.

For a child that prays is a happy child.
A family that prays is a united family.


Our lives, to be fruitful, must be full of Christ;
to be able to bring His peace, joy, and love
we must have it ourselves, for we cannot give
what we have not got.

I pray for you that the Holy Spirit may fill you
with His purity. I ask the Holy Spirit to free you
of all impurity--body, soul, mind, will, and heart--
that each one of you become the living tabernacle
of God Most High, and so become a carrier of
God's love and compassion.

In loving and serving, we prove that we have
been created in the likeness of God, for God
is love and when we love we are like God.
That is what Jesus meant when He said,
" Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect."

The more we empty ourselves,
the more room we give God to fill us.

Surely if God feeds the young ravens which cry to Him,
if He nourishes the birds which neither sow nor reap nor
gather into barns, if He vests the flowers of the field so
beautifully, how much more will He care for men whom
He has made in His own image and likeness and adopted
as His children, if we only act as such.

Jesus has chosen us for Himself; we belong to Him.
Let us be so convinced of this belonging that we do
not allow anything, however small, to separate us
from this belonging--from this love.

What is our spiritual life?

A love union with Jesus, in which the divine and
the human give themselves completely to one another.

Am I convinced of Christ's love for me and mine for Him?
This conviction is like sunlight which makes the sap of life
rise and the buds of sanctity bloom. This conviction is the
rock on which sanctity is built.
What must we do to get this conviction?
We must know Jesus, love Jesus, serve Jesus.
I must not attempt to control God's actions; I must not
count the stages in the journey He would have me make.
I ask Him to make a saint of me, yet I must leave to Him
the choice of that saintliness itself and still more the choice
of the means which lead to it.
Trust in the good God who loves us,
who cares for us, who sees all, knows all,
can do all things for my good and the good of souls.
One thing Jesus asks of me: that I lean upon Him;
that in Him alone I put complete trust; that I
surrender myself to Him unreservedly.

Love Jesus with a big heart.
Serve Jesus with joy and gladness of spirit,
casting aside and forgetting all that troubles
and worries you.

To be able to do all these, pray lovingly like
children, with an earnest desire to love much
and make loved the Love that is not loved.

Believe in Jesus--trust in Him with blind and absolute confidence
because He is Jesus. Believe that Jesus and Jesus alone is life--
and sanctity is nothing but that same Jesus intimately living in you;
then His hand will be free with you.
Give yourself unswervingly, conforming yourself in all things to
His holy will.
Love Jesus generously.
Love Him trustfully, without looking back and without fear.
Give yourself fully to Jesus--He will use you to accomplish
great things on the condition that you believe much more in
His love than in your weakness.

Our ideal is no one but Jesus.
We must think as He thinks,
love as He loves,
wish as He wishes;
we must permit Him to use us to the full.

Who Is Jesus to Me?

Jesus is the Hungry--to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty--to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked--to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless--to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick--to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely--to be loved.

Who Is Jesus to Me?

Jesus is the Love--to be loved.
Jesus is the Joy--to be shared.
Jesus is the Sacrifice--to be offered.
Jesus is the Peace--to be given.

Who Is Jesus to Me?

Jesus is the Word--to be spoken.
Jesus is the Truth--to be told.
Jesus is the Way--to be walked.
Jesus is the Light--to be lit.
Jesus is the Life--to be lived.

The aim of taking a retreat is to advance in the knowledge and love
of God, to purify ourselves, and to reform and transform our lives
according to the life of our model, Jesus Christ.
It is not so much a looking back on the achievements and failures of
the past, as a looking forward to a more generous imitation of our
Lord Himself.

Our total surrender will come today by surrendering
even our sins. We need humility to acknowledge our
sin. The knowledge of our sin helps us to rise.
" I will get up and go to my Father. "

Let Jesus use you without consulting you, and you will
be holy because you belong to Him.

A day alone with Jesus is apt to spur us on in the
vigorous pursuit of holiness through personal love
for Jesus.
Jesus desires our perfection with unspeakable ardor.
" For this is the will of God, your sanctification. "

We are but instuments that God deigns to use;
these instuments bring forth fruit in the measure
that they are united to God......

We obtain grace in proportion to our sanctity,
to our fervor, and to our degree of union with
our Lord.


The first step to becoming holy is to
will it. St. Thomas says, " Sanctity
consists in nothing else than a firm
resolve, the heroic act of a soul
abandoning himself to God. By an upright
will we love God, we choose God, we run
toward God, we reach Him, we possess Him."
O good, good will which transforms me into
the image of God and makes me like Him!
We will be in Steubenville the next few days,
so have posted 6 days of Mother Teresa's words
of wisdom for everyone. God bless each of you.
We must know exactly when we say yes to God
what is in that yes.

Yes means " I surrender," totally, fully,
without any counting the cost, without any
examination, " Is it all right? Is it convenient?"

Our yes to God is without any reservations.

We are at Jesus' disposal.

If He wants you to be sick in bed, if He
wants you to proclaim His word in the street,
that's all right, everything is all right.

We must say, " I belong to you. You can do
whatever you like. "

And this is our strength and this is the
joy of the Lord.

Total surrender to God must come in small
details just as it comes in big details.
It's nothing but that single word, " Yes,
I accept whatever you give, and I give
whatever you take. "

And this is just a simple way for us to be holy.

To be holy doesn't mean to do extraordinary
things, to understand big things, but it is
a simple acceptance, because I have given
myself to God, because I belong to Him - my
total surrender.

He could put me here. He could put me there.
He can use me. He can not use me.

It doesn't matter because I belong so totally
to Him that He can do just what He wants to
do with me.

Sacrifice, to be real, must cost;
it must hurt;
it must empty us of self.
Let us free our minds from all that is
not Jesus.

If you find it difficult to pray, ask Him
again and again, " Jesus, come into my
heart, pray in me and with me, that I may
learn from you how to pray. "

The whole of our life must come to
that one word "yes."
Yes to God: that is holiness.
We allow God to take from us whatever
He wants and we accept whatever He
gives with joy.
That is yes in action.

Our vocation is to belong to Jesus.
The easiest way and the simplest way
of belonging is this: the Holy Spirit
makes us do that giving of self, that
total surrender to God, without any
reflection, without any counting the
cost.
We call that " blind surrender. "

What Jesus did when He became man
was totally surrender to His Father.
He belongs so much to the Father that
there is no separation, no division.

Learn to obey.
It will lead you straight to God.
There is a very straight way to
the heart of Jesus.
You will never, never go astray,
never make a mistake, if you obey.

It is necessary that the Word live
in you, that you understand the Word,
that you live the Word.
You will not be able to live that
Word unless you give it to others.

" What have we got that we have not
received? " asks St. Paul.
If I have received everything, what
good have I of my own? If we are
convinced of this we will never raise
our head in pride.
If you are humble, nothing will touch
you, neither praise nor disgrace,
because you know what you are.

Let none glory in his success but refer
all to God in deepest thankfulness;
on the other hand, no failure should
dishearten him as long as he has done
his best.

We need to avoid pride.
Pride destroys everything.
That's why Jesus told His disciples to
be meek and humble with one another.
To live His way is the key to being
meek and humble.

Take God at His Word.
Jesus said,
" You are more important to my Father
than the lilies of the field and the
birds of the air. "
God continually provides.

Remember that when your heart feels restless,
when your heart feels hurt, when your heart
feels like breaking - then remember, " I am
precious to Him. He has called me by name.
I am His. He loves me. "
And to prove that love He died on the cross.

Understand the tenderness of God's love.
You are precious to Him. He loves you,
and He loves you so tenderly that He has
carved you on the palm of His hand.
" I have inscribed you on the palms of
my hand. " (Isaiah 49:16)

You need only ask at night before you
go to bed,
" What did I do to Jesus today? "
" What did I do for Jesus today? "
" What did I do with Jesus today? "
You have only to look at your hands.
This is the best examination of conscience.

Prayer is the breath of life to our soul;
holiness is impossible without it.

Our prayers should be burning words coming
forth from the furnace of a heart filled
with love.
Devoutly, with great sweetness, with natural
simplicity, without any affectation, offer
your praise to God with the whole of your
heart and soul.

Let the love of God once take entire and
absolute possession of a heart;
let it apply itself continually to increase
this love of God by seeking to please Him
in all things and refusing Him nothing that
He asks;
let it have a firm determination never to
commit any fault deliberately and knowingly;
or if it should fall, to be humble for it
and to rise up again at once.
Such a heart will pray continually.

Prayer enlarges the heart until it is
capable of containing God's gift of
Himself.
Ask and seek, and your heart will grow
big enough to receive Him and keep Him
as your own.

He taught us to learn from Him, to be meek
and humble of heart.
If we are meek and humble, we will love
each other as He loves us.

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words
but in the fervor of the desire which raised
the heart to Jesus.
Jesus has chosen us to be souls of prayer,
and our actions are fruitful only if they are
the true expression of earnest prayer.
We must fix our gaze on Jesus, and if we work
together with Jesus we will do much better.

We must be aware of our oneness with Christ,
as He was aware of oneness with His Father.
Our work is truly apostolic only in so far
as we permit Him to work in us and through
us, with His power, with His desire, and
with His love.

Prayer, to be fruitful,
must come from the heart.

If we really mean to pray and want to
pray we must be ready to do it now.
This is only the first step towards
prayer, but if we never make the first
step with determination, we will not
reach the last one:

the presence of God.


In silence we will find new energy and
true unity. The energy of God will be
ours to do all things well, and so will
the unity of our thoughts with His thoughts,
the unity of our prayers with His prayers,
the unity of our actions with His actions,
of our life with His life.
All our words will be useless unless they
come from within.

Silence gives us a new outlook on everything.
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
The essential thing is not what we say but
what God says to us and through us.
Jesus is always waiting for us in silence.
In that silence, He will listen to us;
there He will speak to our soul,
and there we will hear His voice.

Would that we could be so convinced
of this necessity of silence!
I think then the road to close union
with God would become very clear.

Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.
We cannot put ourselves directly in the
presence of God if we do not practice
internal and external silence.

Happiness can't be found without prayer.

I believe we must look for holiness,
joy, and love in our own homes.
We must make our home like a second
"Nazareth" where Jesus can come and
live with us.

Service means an unceasing and wholehearted
labor in making ourselves available to Jesus
so that He may live, in and through us, His
life of infinitely tender, compassionate and
merciful love, for the spiritually and
materially poorest of the poor.

Lord Jesus,
We want to imitate you, who told us:
" I am meek and humble of heart. "
We ask you that, day by day, you
lead us in this path.
We wish to bring you, dear Christ,
to others.

It is only by being transformed in spirit,
by recognizing both our total inadequacy
and the almighty power of God, that we can
find the door to His Kingdom.

It is a wonderful thing that God Himself
loves us tenderly. Knowing this should
give us courage and joy for living.

Jesus offers His lifelong, faithful, and
personal friendship, embracing us in
tenderness and love.

Lord Jesus,

We know that you became poor
for our sake.
We ask that you make us to be
poor in spirit,
to imitate your own confident
dependence on your Father.

The fruit of our work, as well as the
ability to carry it out, comes from
prayer. The work that we accomplish is
the fruit of our union with Christ.
We have been called to give Jesus to
the peoples of the world, so that they
can look at Him and discover His love,
His compassion, and His humility in
action.

We have a great deal of worth in the
eyes of God. I never tire of saying
over and over again that God loves us.

Your vocation, as well as mine, can be
summed up this way: to belong to Jesus,
to love with the conviction that nothing
and no one can ever separate us from the
love of Christ.

The Scriptures tell us, "I have called you
by name. You belong to me. You are precious
to me. I love you."
God Himself declares that we are precious
to Him. He loves us, and He wants us to
respond to His love.

We need to work for Christ with a
humble heart, with the humility of
Christ.
He comes and uses us to be His love
and compassion in the world in spite
of our weaknesses and frailties.

This is a sign of the joy of loving
God: sharing that love with others.

Each one of us is what he is
in the eyes of God.

We should realize that poverty doesn't
only consist in being hungry for bread,
but rather it is a tremendous hunger for
human dignity.
We need to love and to be somebody for
someone else.

We are all called to be saints.
We all have been created in the image
of God to love and to be loved.

Love, tenderness, and compassion are real justice.
Justice without love is not justice.
Love without justice is not love.

Jesus knows the countless hungers of man,
and He gives of Himself.
What a gift!
What proof of His love!
What assurance for us!

Vocation, for a Christian, is Jesus.
Our means, how we spend our time, may
be different, but it is still our love
for Jesus in action.

Who is the church? You and I.
The church are those who follow Jesus.

Through prayer I become one in love with
Christ. I realize that praying to Him is
loving Him.
For me, prayer means being united to the
will of God twenty-four hours a day, to
live for Him, through Him, and with Him.

I believe that God has created each soul,
that that soul belongs to God, and that
each soul has to find God in its own
lifetime and enter into His life.
That is what is important.
All of us need to seek God and find Him.

God has His own ways of working in the
hearts of men, and we do not know how
close He is to each one.

When suffering comes to us, we should
accept it with a smile, because it is
the greatest gift that God gives us.
It is a gift to have the courage to
accept everything that He sends us.

Suffering is a sign of love, because it
was chosen by the Father to show us that
He loved the world when He gave up His
Son to die for us.
In that way, through Christ's life,
suffering proved to be a gift, the
greatest gift of love, because through
His suffering our sins were atoned for.

Suffering in and of itself is useless,
but suffering which is a share in the
passion of Christ is a marvelous gift
for human life.

This is what people expect from us:
that we fully live out our Christianity.

Christians are the light for everyone
else, for the whole world. If we are
Christians, we must look like Christ.
We must be like Him.

God gives each soul that He has created
an opportunity to find itself face to
face with Him, to accept or reject Him.

If we really want to love, we must learn
to forgive before anything else.

Jesus taught us how to forgive out of
love, how to forget out of humility.
Let us be sincere and ask to be forgiven.
Is my love for others so great, so real
as to forgive, not out of duty but out
of love?

If we admit that we are sinners and we
need forgiveness, then it will be very
easy for us to forgive others.
But if we don't admit this, it will be
very hard for us to say, " I forgive
you " no matter who comes to us.

Christians need to learn to forgive.
How do we learn to forgive?
By knowing that we too need to be forgiven.

I praise the tenderness and the love of
God, because every little one, in a poor
family or a rich family, is a child of
God, created by the Creator of all things.

God has invested all His love in creating
human life. That is why we are not entitled
to destroy it, especially we who know that
Christ has died for the salvation of that
life.
Christ has died and has given everything
for that child.

Life is the greatest gift that God has
bestowed on mankind.
Since man is created in the image of
God, it belongs to Him.
We have no right to destroy it.

Let's not live distracted lives.
Let us know ourselves so that we can
better understand our brothers and sisters.
If we want to understand those with whom we
live, we need to understand ourselves first
of all.

Every human being comes from the hand of
God, and we all know something of God's
love for us.

May we all have hearts overflowing with
love as a reflection of God's love.
God's love is what can save our families,
our country, and the world.

Let us pray for one another.
Let us pray that we may accomplish
our life's mission, which is to be holy.
Let us pray that we will be the love and
kindness of God in today's world.

As Christians, we have been created for
great things. We have been created to be
holy since we have been created in the
image of God.

Let's not pray long, drawn-out prayers,
but let's pray short ones full of love.

Prayer unites us with Christ.
Simply open your hearts to Him.
Also, simply accept what He sends you.
With a big smile, generously give Him
what He asks of you.
God will do the rest, never fear.

We Christians cannot be divided.
We must all work together.
We are all one.
In this unity, where two or three
are gathered, Christ is there with us.

We need to soak up the tender love of Jesus.
We need to extend to each and every one the
assurance that God loves him.

And i love you all so very much.
Chris


Strive to soak up the simplicity and purity
of Christ.
Try to be more in tune with God and more
open to Him, so that you will be able to
see His face.

What greater love is there than God's
love for each one of us?
His love isn't a fantasy. It is real.

Thanks be to God for your families.
Try to find room for God in your families.
If you are capable of bringing prayer back
into your homes, you will be equally capable
of overcoming all of the hardships that
afflict the world.

We should give thanks to God for what
He has done in us, with us, and through
us. We should thank Him for using us to
be His love and mercy.

I think there is something that can make
us live joyfully. It is that Jesus is with
us and loves us. If each one of us would
simply remember that God loves us and is
giving us the chance to love others in
that love - not so much in big things but
in the little things of life - our countries
could become full of God's love.

When life is most demanding and you give
cheerfully in spite of that, that is love
at its best.

Let's concentrate on a worthwhile goal:
that no child be unwanted,
that no person go unloved.
And let's not stop smiling at whomever
we meet, especially when it's hard to
smile.

Poverty comes into our homes to give us
the chance to love. Here is where love
finds its place.
Are we there, open and willing to offer
support and affection?

It is easy to love those who are far away.
It isn't always easy to love those who are
right next to us.
It is easier to offer a dish of rice to
satisfy the hunger of a poor person, than
to fill up the loneliness and suffering of
someone lacking love in our own family.

How can you love God whom you do not
see, if you don't love the neighbor
whom you do see - the neighbor you
know and live with every day?

There are so many little things we can do
for others that are so small many people
forget about them.
But these aren't small things.
They show our love for Christ.

We must give Jesus absolute reign in
our homes. Once we have Jesus with us,
then we can give Him to others.

You must try to bring the presence of
God to your families. I think that just
being together and loving one another
brings peace and joy and strengthens
the bond between family members in the
home. That is the way to overcome all
the evil that is in the world.

The commitment spouses profess in their
marriage vows is important. They accept
each other in good times and in bad times.
I think that this is something that we
should always try to do with a smile.

What is important is that we are able to
smile at one another in our families.

With a generous and cheerful smile, we
should be able to accept everything that
happens, both the joyful things and the
sad things.

Love has to hurt to be true.
It hurt Jesus to love us.
It truly hurt Him.

I believe that the most important thing
is for us to love Jesus, then to love
one another - ourselves and the members
of our families - and to show our love
for the poor.

May the joy and love of the Risen Jesus be
always with you, in you, and among you, so
that we all become the true witnesses of
His Father's love for the world:
" For God loved the world so much that He
gave His Son. "

May the joy of Our Risen Lord be your
strength in your work, your way to the
Father, your light to guide you and
your Bread of Life.

May the joy of the risen Jesus Christ be
with you, to bring joy into your very soul.
The good God has given Himself to us.
During His life here on earth, Jesus
wanted to share His joy with His apostles,
" That my joy may be in you. "
Joy was the password of the first Christians.
" Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say to
you, rejoice. "

Remember that the Passion of Christ ends
in the joy of the Resurrection of Christ!

When you feel in your own heart the
suffering of Christ, remember the
resurrection has to come, the joy of
Easter has to dawn.

The Cross will be for us as it was
for Christ: proof of the greatest love.

Jesus' good news was God's peace to all
men of good will. That peace is something
which is fundamental to the satisfaction
of our most basic desires.
It is a peace of the heart.

We have been created to live in peace.

Jesus became man to bring that good news
to the poor. Being God, He became like us
in every way except sin. And He proclaimed
clearly that He had come to bring good news.

We have to give until it hurts.
We need to give from the resources
we would like to keep for ourselves.
We need to give to the point of sacrificing.
We must give something that we find hard to
give up.

If you love God, then you will
love those around you.

Every time you sacrifice something at great
cost - every time you renounce something that
appeals to you for the sake of the poor - you
are feeding a hungry Christ.
You are clothing His nakedness.
You are offering shelter to a homeless Christ.
Every time we are concerned about the poor -
whether they are near or far away - we do it
all for Him.

If we approach others with the desire to
give them God, He will bless our work.
If we desire to bring them the joy of
Christ which is our strength and help,
bring Christ into their homes, He will
be with us.
If we give them the chance to find Jesus
and His loving kindness in us, soon the
world will be overflowing with peace and
love.

Faith is a gift from God.
When God comes to you or you go to God,
then you will have the chance to accept
Him or reject Him.
Accepting Him is the gift of faith.

The Gospels remind us that Jesus, before he
taught the people, felt compassion for the
multitudes that followed after him. Sometimes
he felt it even to the point of forgetting
to eat. How did he put his compassion into
practice?
He multiplied the loaves of bread and the
fish to satisfy their hunger. Only then did
he tell them the good news.

All of us must cling to God through
prayer and sacrifice. Only then will
we be able to see Christ in the needs
of our neighbors.

Sacrifice and prayer complement each other.
There is no prayer without sacrifice, and
there is no sacrifice without prayer.
That is what Jesus has shown us.
Jesus' life was spent in intimate union
with his Father as he passed through this
world doing good. We need to do the same.

We need to give Christ a chance to make
use of us to be his word and his work.
If we do not radiate the light of Christ
around us, the sense of darkness that
prevails in the world will increase.
The people around us should be able to
recognize him by our union with God.

Do i give the Christ who is full of zeal,
love, joy, and sunshine?
Do i come up to the mark?
Or am i a dark light, a false light, a
bulb without connection, having no current
and therefore shedding no radiance?
Put your heart into being a bright light.

We must love with Jesus' love and his
spirit of sacrifice. God loved us by
giving himself to us. We too must give
ourselves to one another. Because of
this, we must reject whatever would
keep us from giving ourselves to one
another.

i don't think there is anyone who needs
God's help and grace as much as i do.
Sometimes i feel so helpless and weak.
i think that is why God uses me.
Because i cannot depend on my own strength,
i rely on him 24 hours a day.

We need to bring prayer into our family
life. Through prayer, we will be able
to teach our children and relatives to
share. We will gain more through genuine
prayer than with mere words.

Let us keep the joy of loving Jesus in
our hearts. And let's share that joy
with everyone we meet. Passing on joy
is something which is very natural.
We have no reason for not being joyful,
since Christ is with us.
Christ is in our hearts.

We need to be able to pray.
We need prayer just like we need air.
Without prayer, we can do nothing.

God is always there.
He never leaves our prayers unanswered.

It is possible that i may not be able
to keep my attention fully on God while
i work, but God doesn't demand that i
do so. Yet i can fully desire and intend
that my work be done with Jesus and for
Jesus.
This is beautiful and what God wants.

We must join our prayer with work.
How is it possible to change one's work
into a prayer?
Work cannot substitute for prayer.
Nevertheless, we can learn to make work
a prayer.
How can we do this?
By doing our work with Jesus and for Jesus.

Real prayer is union with God, a union as
vital as that of the vine and the branches,
which is the illustration Jesus gives us
in the Gospel of John.
We need prayer.
We need that union to produce good fruit.

Every time we need to make a decision
concerning our families, we need to pray.
Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive.
Seek and you will find. Knock and the
door will be opened."
Nothing will be denied you.

God wants our will and our desire to be
for him, for our family, for our children,
for our brethren, and for the poor.

All glory and honor are His.
We must let Jesus use us as He sees fit.

It takes humility to recognize the greatness
of God shining through us. Boasting of our
greatness before men is pride. Great humility
arises when we recognize that it is God's
kindness and His greatness that shows through
our hands, our work, and our love because that
is the simple truth.
Jesus is the Truth that must be shared.

With God, nothing is impossible.
i perceive the infinite greatness that we
can tap into.i see how he can work through
us. Because you and i have nothing on our
own we need him.
As the Bible says, God waits and looks.
Will we respond?

Your service must come from a heart filled
with God. This is not impossible.
It is possible with the one who can do
everything. Without him, we can do nothing.

Before we share the gospel with the poor,
this is what we must do: we must first
satisfy the needs of the body, so we can
then bring them Christ.

We stand before the world as ambassadors
of peace by preaching the message of love
in action that crosses all barriers of
nationality, creed, or country.

The humbler the work, the greater should be
your love and efficiency.

Be not afraid of the life of sacrifice.

Jesus, you have given everything, life, blood, all.
Now it is my turn.
I put everything into the field also.
The common soldier fights in the ordinary lines,
but the devoted one tries to be near the captain
to share his fate.

This is the spirit of Christ.

Jesus loved and still loves the unwanted and the unloved.
He loves them deeply.
He died for them, and He doesn't stop saying:

" Love one another as I have loved you.
As the Father loves me, love one another. "

God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son. Jesus said, " As the Father has loved
me, so I have loved you. "

The Father's love, the Son's love, and our love is
but a giving until it hurts.


People who are unloved and unwanted are,
just like us, children of God. Even more, they
are Christ in our midst and they belong to us.
They are our brothers and sisters.

God loves people and provides for them.
They are more important to Him than the
lilies of the field and the sparrows.

We need to be someone for the naked who
not only lack clothing but mercy.

We need to be someone for the destitute who
not only lack a roof over their heads, but who
are deprived of having someone who cares,
someone to belong to.

Jesus came to earth to give charity its rightful
place in the hearts of men. " By this," He said,
" men shall know that you are my disciples, if
you have love for one another " - and this
commandment will last for all eternity.

True love for our neighbor is to wish him well
and to do good to him.

Jesus is the Light
Jesus is the Truth
Jesus is the Life

We too must be:
the Light of Charity
the Truth of Humility
the Life of Sanctity

His love for us led Christ to Gethsemane and to Calvary.

Whatever you do, even if you help somebody
cross the road, you do it to Jesus.

Even if you give somebody a glass of water,
you do it to Jesus.

Such a simple little teaching, but it is so important.

Holiness is the greatest gift that God can give
us because for that reason He created us.

There is great humility in God.
He can stoop down to people like us and
become dependent on us for His work to live,
to grow, to bear fruit.
And He could easily have done it without us.
Yet He stooped down and called us to do it.

Jesus said, " Learn of me for I am meek and
humble of heart. "

Christ must be the light that shines through you,
and the people looking at you must see only Jesus.

You have a challenge from Jesus to meet:

He has shed the light, and you will take His
light and lighten every heart you meet.

You are to be that presence of Christ to each other.
Love each other tenderly as Jesus loves each one of you.
Tender love for each other speaks much louder than all
the words you can say.

Love until it hurts; it takes deep sacrifice to proclaim
the word of God.

It is very important that right from the beginning we
simply live the gospel. Live the gospel in prayer;
live the gospel in words.

You won't be able to give what you don't have.

" We could know all possible knowledge, and all of theology
and all the things about God, but we would not be able to
light a fire in the hearts of the people. We could just be
uttering words, not living those words. That is why it is
necessary for us that our words be the fruit of our life, the
fruit of our prayers. "

The mission of proclaiming Christ, through action
or through words, is one mission, the mission of
love and compassion.

Faith in action through prayer, faith in action through
service: each is the same thing, the same love, the same
compassion. This is something that should encourage
us and should be a strength for us, that we complete
each other more fully.

The fruit of Silence is Prayer.
The fruit of Prayer is Faith.
The fruit of Faith is Love.
The fruit of Love is Service.
The fruit of Service is Peace.

God speaks in the silence of the heart, and we listen.
And then we speak to God from the fullness of our
heart, and God listens.

And this listening and this speaking is what prayer is
meant to be: oneness with God, oneness with Jesus.

The fullness of our heart is expressed in our eyes,
in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, in
the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we
need. That is the fullness of our heart expressing
itself in many different ways.

The time we spend in having our daily audience
with God is the most precious part of the whole day.

Find Jesus, and you will find peace.

Love begins at home.

Everything depends on how we love each other.
Do not be afraid to love until it hurts,
for this is how Jesus loved.

Jesus has chosen us for Himself; we belong to Him.
Let us be so convinced of this belonging that we do
not allow anything, however small, to separate us
from this belonging--from this love.

What is our spiritual life?

A love union with Jesus, in which the divine and
the human give themselves completely to one another.


Am I convinced of Christ's love for me and mine for Him?
This conviction is like sunlight which makes the sap of life
rise and the buds of sanctity bloom. This conviction is the
rock on which sanctity is built.
What must we do to get this conviction?
We must know Jesus, love Jesus, serve Jesus.
I must not attempt to control God's actions; I must not
count the stages in the journey He would have me make.
I ask Him to make a saint of me, yet I must leave to Him
the choice of that saintliness itself and still more the choice
of the means which lead to it.
Trust in the good God who loves us,
who cares for us, who sees all, knows all,
can do all things for my good and the good of souls.
One thing Jesus asks of me: that I lean upon Him;
that in Him alone I put complete trust; that I
surrender myself to Him unreservedly.

Love Jesus with a big heart.
Serve Jesus with joy and gladness of spirit,
casting aside and forgetting all that troubles
and worries you.

To be able to do all these, pray lovingly like
children, with an earnest desire to love much
and make loved the Love that is not loved.

Believe in Jesus--trust in Him with blind and absolute confidence
because He is Jesus. Believe that Jesus and Jesus alone is life--
and sanctity is nothing but that same Jesus intimately living in you;
then His hand will be free with you.
Give yourself unswervingly, conforming yourself in all things to
His holy will.
Love Jesus generously.
Love Him trustfully, without looking back and without fear.
Give yourself fully to Jesus--He will use you to accomplish
great things on the condition that you believe much more in
His love than in your weakness.

Our ideal is no one but Jesus.
We must think as He thinks,
love as He loves,
wish as He wishes;
we must permit Him to use us to the full.


Who Is Jesus to Me?

Jesus is the Hungry--to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty--to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked--to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless--to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick--to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely--to be loved.

Who Is Jesus to Me?

Jesus is the Love--to be loved.
Jesus is the Joy--to be shared.
Jesus is the Sacrifice--to be offered.
Jesus is the Peace--to be given.

Who Is Jesus to Me?

Jesus is the Word--to be spoken.
Jesus is the Truth--to be told.
Jesus is the Way--to be walked.
Jesus is the Light--to be lit.
Jesus is the Life--to be lived.


The aim of taking a retreat is to advance in the knowledge and love
of God, to purify ourselves, and to reform and transform our lives
according to the life of our model, Jesus Christ.
It is not so much a looking back on the achievements and failures of
the past, as a looking forward to a more generous imitation of our
Lord Himself.

Our total surrender will come today by surrendering
even our sins. We need humility to acknowledge our
sin. The knowledge of our sin helps us to rise.
" I will get up and go to my Father. "

Let Jesus use you without consulting you, and you will
be holy because you belong to Him.

A day alone with Jesus is apt to spur us on in the
vigorous pursuit of holiness through personal love
for Jesus.
Jesus desires our perfection with unspeakable ardor.
" For this is the will of God, your sanctification. "

We are but instuments that God deigns to use;
these instuments bring forth fruit in the measure
that they are united to God......

We obtain grace in proportion to our sanctity,
to our fervor, and to our degree of union with
our Lord.


The first step to becoming holy is to
will it. St. Thomas says, " Sanctity
consists in nothing else than a firm
resolve, the heroic act of a soul
abandoning himself to God. By an upright
will we love God, we choose God, we run
toward God, we reach Him, we possess Him."
O good, good will which transforms me into
the image of God and makes me like Him!
We will be in Steubenville the next few days,
so have posted 6 days of Mother Teresa's words
of wisdom for everyone. God bless each of you.
We must know exactly when we say yes to God
what is in that yes.

Yes means " I surrender," totally, fully,
without any counting the cost, without any
examination, " Is it all right? Is it convenient?"

Our yes to God is without any reservations.

We are at Jesus' disposal.

If He wants you to be sick in bed, if He
wants you to proclaim His word in the street,
that's all right, everything is all right.

We must say, " I belong to you. You can do
whatever you like. "

And this is our strength and this is the
joy of the Lord.

Total surrender to God must come in small
details just as it comes in big details.
It's nothing but that single word, " Yes,
I accept whatever you give, and I give
whatever you take. "

And this is just a simple way for us to be holy.

To be holy doesn't mean to do extraordinary
things, to understand big things, but it is
a simple acceptance, because I have given
myself to God, because I belong to Him - my
total surrender.

He could put me here. He could put me there.
He can use me. He can not use me.

It doesn't matter because I belong so totally
to Him that He can do just what He wants to
do with me.

Sacrifice, to be real, must cost;
it must hurt;
it must empty us of self.
Let us free our minds from all that is
not Jesus.

If you find it difficult to pray, ask Him
again and again, " Jesus, come into my
heart, pray in me and with me, that I may
learn from you how to pray. "

The whole of our life must come to
that one word "yes."
Yes to God: that is holiness.
We allow God to take from us whatever
He wants and we accept whatever He
gives with joy.
That is yes in action.

Our vocation is to belong to Jesus.
The easiest way and the simplest way
of belonging is this: the Holy Spirit
makes us do that giving of self, that
total surrender to God, without any
reflection, without any counting the
cost.
We call that " blind surrender. "

What Jesus did when He became man
was totally surrender to His Father.
He belongs so much to the Father that
there is no separation, no division.

Learn to obey.
It will lead you straight to God.
There is a very straight way to
the heart of Jesus.
You will never, never go astray,
never make a mistake, if you obey.

It is necessary that the Word live
in you, that you understand the Word,
that you live the Word.
You will not be able to live that
Word unless you give it to others.

" What have we got that we have not
received? " asks St. Paul.
If I have received everything, what
good have I of my own? If we are
convinced of this we will never raise
our head in pride.
If you are humble, nothing will touch
you, neither praise nor disgrace,
because you know what you are.

Let none glory in his success but refer
all to God in deepest thankfulness;
on the other hand, no failure should
dishearten him as long as he has done
his best.

We need to avoid pride.
Pride destroys everything.
That's why Jesus told His disciples to
be meek and humble with one another.
To live His way is the key to being
meek and humble.

Take God at His Word.
Jesus said,
" You are more important to my Father
than the lilies of the field and the
birds of the air. "
God continually provides.

Remember that when your heart feels restless,
when your heart feels hurt, when your heart
feels like breaking - then remember, " I am
precious to Him. He has called me by name.
I am His. He loves me. "
And to prove that love He died on the cross.

Understand the tenderness of God's love.
You are precious to Him. He loves you,
and He loves you so tenderly that He has
carved you on the palm of His hand.
" I have inscribed you on the palms of
my hand. " (Isaiah 49:16)

You need only ask at night before you
go to bed,
" What did I do to Jesus today? "
" What did I do for Jesus today? "
" What did I do with Jesus today? "
You have only to look at your hands.
This is the best examination of conscience.

Prayer is the breath of life to our soul;
holiness is impossible without it.

Our prayers should be burning words coming
forth from the furnace of a heart filled
with love.
Devoutly, with great sweetness, with natural
simplicity, without any affectation, offer
your praise to God with the whole of your
heart and soul.

Let the love of God once take entire and
absolute possession of a heart;
let it apply itself continually to increase
this love of God by seeking to please Him
in all things and refusing Him nothing that
He asks;
let it have a firm determination never to
commit any fault deliberately and knowingly;
or if it should fall, to be humble for it
and to rise up again at once.
Such a heart will pray continually.

Prayer enlarges the heart until it is
capable of containing God's gift of
Himself.
Ask and seek, and your heart will grow
big enough to receive Him and keep Him
as your own.

He taught us to learn from Him, to be meek
and humble of heart.
If we are meek and humble, we will love
each other as He loves us.

Perfect prayer does not consist in many words
but in the fervor of the desire which raised
the heart to Jesus.
Jesus has chosen us to be souls of prayer,
and our actions are fruitful only if they are
the true expression of earnest prayer.
We must fix our gaze on Jesus, and if we work
together with Jesus we will do much better.

We must be aware of our oneness with Christ,
as He was aware of oneness with His Father.
Our work is truly apostolic only in so far
as we permit Him to work in us and through
us, with His power, with His desire, and
with His love.

Prayer, to be fruitful,
must come from the heart.

If we really mean to pray and want to
pray we must be ready to do it now.
This is only the first step towards
prayer, but if we never make the first
step with determination, we will not
reach the last one:

the presence of God.


In silence we will find new energy and
true unity. The energy of God will be
ours to do all things well, and so will
the unity of our thoughts with His thoughts,
the unity of our prayers with His prayers,
the unity of our actions with His actions,
of our life with His life.
All our words will be useless unless they
come from within.

Silence gives us a new outlook on everything.
We need silence to be able to touch souls.
The essential thing is not what we say but
what God says to us and through us.
Jesus is always waiting for us in silence.
In that silence, He will listen to us;
there He will speak to our soul,
and there we will hear His voice.

Would that we could be so convinced
of this necessity of silence!
I think then the road to close union
with God would become very clear.

Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.
We cannot put ourselves directly in the
presence of God if we do not practice
internal and external silence.

Happiness can't be found without prayer.

I believe we must look for holiness,
joy, and love in our own homes.
We must make our home like a second
"Nazareth" where Jesus can come and
live with us.

Service means an unceasing and wholehearted
labor in making ourselves available to Jesus
so that He may live, in and through us, His
life of infinitely tender, compassionate and
merciful love, for the spiritually and
materially poorest of the poor.

Lord Jesus,
We want to imitate you, who told us:
" I am meek and humble of heart. "
We ask you that, day by day, you
lead us in this path.
We wish to bring you, dear Christ,
to others.

It is only by being transformed in spirit,
by recognizing both our total inadequacy
and the almighty power of God, that we can
find the door to His Kingdom.

It is a wonderful thing that God Himself
loves us tenderly. Knowing this should
give us courage and joy for living.

Jesus offers His lifelong, faithful, and
personal friendship, embracing us in
tenderness and love.

Lord Jesus,

We know that you became poor
for our sake.
We ask that you make us to be
poor in spirit,
to imitate your own confident
dependence on your Father.

The fruit of our work, as well as the
ability to carry it out, comes from
prayer. The work that we accomplish is
the fruit of our union with Christ.
We have been called to give Jesus to
the peoples of the world, so that they
can look at Him and discover His love,
His compassion, and His humility in
action.

We have a great deal of worth in the
eyes of God. I never tire of saying
over and over again that God loves us.

Your vocation, as well as mine, can be
summed up this way: to belong to Jesus,
to love with the conviction that nothing
and no one can ever separate us from the
love of Christ.

The Scriptures tell us, "I have called you
by name. You belong to me. You are precious
to me. I love you."
God Himself declares that we are precious
to Him. He loves us, and He wants us to
respond to His love.

We need to work for Christ with a
humble heart, with the humility of
Christ.
He comes and uses us to be His love
and compassion in the world in spite
of our weaknesses and frailties.

This is a sign of the joy of loving
God: sharing that love with others.

Each one of us is what he is
in the eyes of God.

We should realize that poverty doesn't
only consist in being hungry for bread,
but rather it is a tremendous hunger for
human dignity.
We need to love and to be somebody for
someone else.

We are all called to be saints.
We all have been created in the image
of God to love and to be loved.

Love, tenderness, and compassion are real justice.
Justice without love is not justice.
Love without justice is not love.

Jesus knows the countless hungers of man,
and He gives of Himself.
What a gift!
What proof of His love!
What assurance for us!

Vocation, for a Christian, is Jesus.
Our means, how we spend our time, may
be different, but it is still our love
for Jesus in action.

Who is the church? You and I.
The church are those who follow Jesus.

Through prayer I become one in love with
Christ. I realize that praying to Him is
loving Him.
For me, prayer means being united to the
will of God twenty-four hours a day, to
live for Him, through Him, and with Him.

I believe that God has created each soul,
that that soul belongs to God, and that
each soul has to find God in its own
lifetime and enter into His life.
That is what is important.
All of us need to seek God and find Him.

God has His own ways of working in the
hearts of men, and we do not know how
close He is to each one.

When suffering comes to us, we should
accept it with a smile, because it is
the greatest gift that God gives us.
It is a gift to have the courage to
accept everything that He sends us.

Suffering is a sign of love, because it
was chosen by the Father to show us that
He loved the world when He gave up His
Son to die for us.
In that way, through Christ's life,
suffering proved to be a gift, the
greatest gift of love, because through
His suffering our sins were atoned for.

Suffering in and of itself is useless,
but suffering which is a share in the
passion of Christ is a marvelous gift
for human life.

This is what people expect from us:
that we fully live out our Christianity.

Christians are the light for everyone
else, for the whole world. If we are
Christians, we must look like Christ.
We must be like Him.

God gives each soul that He has created
an opportunity to find itself face to
face with Him, to accept or reject Him.

If we really want to love, we must learn
to forgive before anything else.

Jesus taught us how to forgive out of
love, how to forget out of humility.
Let us be sincere and ask to be forgiven.
Is my love for others so great, so real
as to forgive, not out of duty but out
of love?

If we admit that we are sinners and we
need forgiveness, then it will be very
easy for us to forgive others.
But if we don't admit this, it will be
very hard for us to say, " I forgive
you " no matter who comes to us.

Christians need to learn to forgive.
How do we learn to forgive?
By knowing that we too need to be forgiven.

I praise the tenderness and the love of
God, because every little one, in a poor
family or a rich family, is a child of
God, created by the Creator of all things.

God has invested all His love in creating
human life. That is why we are not entitled
to destroy it, especially we who know that
Christ has died for the salvation of that
life.
Christ has died and has given everything
for that child.

Life is the greatest gift that God has
bestowed on mankind.
Since man is created in the image of
God, it belongs to Him.
We have no right to destroy it.

Let's not live distracted lives.
Let us know ourselves so that we can
better understand our brothers and sisters.
If we want to understand those with whom we
live, we need to understand ourselves first
of all.

Every human being comes from the hand of
God, and we all know something of God's
love for us.

May we all have hearts overflowing with
love as a reflection of God's love.
God's love is what can save our families,
our country, and the world.

Let us pray for one another.
Let us pray that we may accomplish
our life's mission, which is to be holy.
Let us pray that we will be the love and
kindness of God in today's world.

As Christians, we have been created for
great things. We have been created to be
holy since we have been created in the
image of God.

Let's not pray long, drawn-out prayers,
but let's pray short ones full of love.

Prayer unites us with Christ.
Simply open your hearts to Him.
Also, simply accept what He sends you.
With a big smile, generously give Him
what He asks of you.
God will do the rest, never fear.

We Christians cannot be divided.
We must all work together.
We are all one.
In this unity, where two or three
are gathered, Christ is there with us.

We need to soak up the tender love of Jesus.
We need to extend to each and every one the
assurance that God loves him.

Strive to soak up the simplicity and purity
of Christ.
Try to be more in tune with God and more
open to Him, so that you will be able to
see His face.

What greater love is there than God's
love for each one of us?
His love isn't a fantasy. It is real.

Thanks be to God for your families.
Try to find room for God in your families.
If you are capable of bringing prayer back
into your homes, you will be equally capable
of overcoming all of the hardships that
afflict the world.

We should give thanks to God for what
He has done in us, with us, and through
us. We should thank Him for using us to
be His love and mercy.

I think there is something that can make
us live joyfully. It is that Jesus is with
us and loves us. If each one of us would
simply remember that God loves us and is
giving us the chance to love others in
that love - not so much in big things but
in the little things of life - our countries
could become full of God's love.

When life is most demanding and you give
cheerfully in spite of that, that is love
at its best.

Let's concentrate on a worthwhile goal:
that no child be unwanted,
that no person go unloved.
And let's not stop smiling at whomever
we meet, especially when it's hard to
smile.

Poverty comes into our homes to give us
the chance to love. Here is where love
finds its place.
Are we there, open and willing to offer
support and affection?

It is easy to love those who are far away.
It isn't always easy to love those who are
right next to us.
It is easier to offer a dish of rice to
satisfy the hunger of a poor person, than
to fill up the loneliness and suffering of
someone lacking love in our own family.

How can you love God whom you do not
see, if you don't love the neighbor
whom you do see - the neighbor you
know and live with every day?

There are so many little things we can do
for others that are so small many people
forget about them.
But these aren't small things.
They show our love for Christ.

We must give Jesus absolute reign in
our homes. Once we have Jesus with us,
then we can give Him to others.

You must try to bring the presence of
God to your families. I think that just
being together and loving one another
brings peace and joy and strengthens
the bond between family members in the
home. That is the way to overcome all
the evil that is in the world.

The commitment spouses profess in their
marriage vows is important. They accept
each other in good times and in bad times.
I think that this is something that we
should always try to do with a smile.

What is important is that we are able to
smile at one another in our families.

With a generous and cheerful smile, we
should be able to accept everything that
happens, both the joyful things and the
sad things.

Love has to hurt to be true.
It hurt Jesus to love us.
It truly hurt Him.

I believe that the most important thing
is for us to love Jesus, then to love
one another - ourselves and the members
of our families - and to show our love
for the poor.

May the joy and love of the Risen Jesus be
always with you, in you, and among you, so
that we all become the true witnesses of
His Father's love for the world:
" For God loved the world so much that He
gave His Son. "

May the joy of Our Risen Lord be your
strength in your work, your way to the
Father, your light to guide you and
your Bread of Life.

May the joy of the risen Jesus Christ be
with you, to bring joy into your very soul.
The good God has given Himself to us.
During His life here on earth, Jesus
wanted to share His joy with His apostles,
" That my joy may be in you. "
Joy was the password of the first Christians.
" Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say to
you, rejoice. "

Remember that the Passion of Christ ends
in the joy of the Resurrection of Christ!

When you feel in your own heart the
suffering of Christ, remember the
resurrection has to come, the joy of
Easter has to dawn.

The Cross will be for us as it was
for Christ: proof of the greatest love.

Jesus' good news was God's peace to all
men of good will. That peace is something
which is fundamental to the satisfaction
of our most basic desires.
It is a peace of the heart.

We have been created to live in peace.

Jesus became man to bring that good news
to the poor. Being God, He became like us
in every way except sin. And He proclaimed
clearly that He had come to bring good news.

We have to give until it hurts.
We need to give from the resources
we would like to keep for ourselves.
We need to give to the point of sacrificing.
We must give something that we find hard to
give up.

If you love God, then you will
love those around you.

Every time you sacrifice something at great
cost - every time you renounce something that
appeals to you for the sake of the poor - you
are feeding a hungry Christ.
You are clothing His nakedness.
You are offering shelter to a homeless Christ.
Every time we are concerned about the poor -
whether they are near or far away - we do it
all for Him.

If we approach others with the desire to
give them God, He will bless our work.
If we desire to bring them the joy of
Christ which is our strength and help,
bring Christ into their homes, He will
be with us.
If we give them the chance to find Jesus
and His loving kindness in us, soon the
world will be overflowing with peace and
love.

Faith is a gift from God.
When God comes to you or you go to God,
then you will have the chance to accept
Him or reject Him.
Accepting Him is the gift of faith.

The Gospels remind us that Jesus, before he
taught the people, felt compassion for the
multitudes that followed after him. Sometimes
he felt it even to the point of forgetting
to eat. How did he put his compassion into
practice?
He multiplied the loaves of bread and the
fish to satisfy their hunger. Only then did
he tell them the good news.

All of us must cling to God through
prayer and sacrifice. Only then will
we be able to see Christ in the needs
of our neighbors.

Sacrifice and prayer complement each other.
There is no prayer without sacrifice, and
there is no sacrifice without prayer.
That is what Jesus has shown us.
Jesus' life was spent in intimate union
with his Father as he passed through this
world doing good. We need to do the same.

We need to give Christ a chance to make
use of us to be his word and his work.
If we do not radiate the light of Christ
around us, the sense of darkness that
prevails in the world will increase.
The people around us should be able to
recognize him by our union with God.

Do i give the Christ who is full of zeal,
love, joy, and sunshine?
Do i come up to the mark?
Or am i a dark light, a false light, a
bulb without connection, having no current
and therefore shedding no radiance?
Put your heart into being a bright light.

We must love with Jesus' love and his
spirit of sacrifice. God loved us by
giving himself to us. We too must give
ourselves to one another. Because of
this, we must reject whatever would
keep us from giving ourselves to one
another.

i don't think there is anyone who needs
God's help and grace as much as i do.
Sometimes i feel so helpless and weak.
i think that is why God uses me.
Because i cannot depend on my own strength,
i rely on him 24 hours a day.

We need to bring prayer into our family
life. Through prayer, we will be able
to teach our children and relatives to
share. We will gain more through genuine
prayer than with mere words.

Let us keep the joy of loving Jesus in
our hearts. And let's share that joy
with everyone we meet. Passing on joy
is something which is very natural.
We have no reason for not being joyful,
since Christ is with us.
Christ is in our hearts.

We need to be able to pray.
We need prayer just like we need air.
Without prayer, we can do nothing.

God is always there.
He never leaves our prayers unanswered.

It is possible that i may not be able
to keep my attention fully on God while
i work, but God doesn't demand that i
do so. Yet i can fully desire and intend
that my work be done with Jesus and for
Jesus.
This is beautiful and what God wants.

We must join our prayer with work.
How is it possible to change one's work
into a prayer?
Work cannot substitute for prayer.
Nevertheless, we can learn to make work
a prayer.
How can we do this?
By doing our work with Jesus and for Jesus.

Real prayer is union with God, a union as
vital as that of the vine and the branches,
which is the illustration Jesus gives us
in the Gospel of John.
We need prayer.
We need that union to produce good fruit.

Every time we need to make a decision
concerning our families, we need to pray.
Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive.
Seek and you will find. Knock and the
door will be opened."
Nothing will be denied you.

God wants our will and our desire to be
for him, for our family, for our children,
for our brethren, and for the poor.

All glory and honor are His.
We must let Jesus use us as He sees fit.

It takes humility to recognize the greatness
of God shining through us. Boasting of our
greatness before men is pride. Great humility
arises when we recognize that it is God's
kindness and His greatness that shows through
our hands, our work, and our love because that
is the simple truth.
Jesus is the Truth that must be shared.

With God, nothing is impossible.
i perceive the infinite greatness that we
can tap into.i see how he can work through
us. Because you and i have nothing on our
own we need him.
As the Bible says, God waits and looks.
Will we respond?

Your service must come from a heart filled
with God. This is not impossible.
It is possible with the one who can do
everything. Without him, we can do nothing.

Before we share the gospel with the poor,
this is what we must do: we must first
satisfy the needs of the body, so we can
then bring them Christ.