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“Whatsoever You Do…”
Speech of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, February 3, 1994
On the last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand,
“Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me.” Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, “Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me drink, I was sick and you did not visit me.” These will ask Him, “When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?” And Jesus will answer them,
“Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!”
As we have gathered here to pray together, I think it will be beautiful if we begin with a prayer that expressed very well what Jesus wants us to do for the least. St. Francis of Assisi understood very well these words of Jesus and His life is very well expressed by a prayer. And this prayer, which we say every day after Holy Communion, always surprises me very much, because it is very fitting for each one of us. And I always wonder whether 800 years ago when St. Francis lived, they had the same difficulties that we have today. I think that some of you already have this prayer of peace – so we will pray it together.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. where there is hatred let me sow love, where there is injury let me sow pardon, where there is doubt let me sow faith, where there is despair let me give hope, where there is darkness let me give light, Where there is sadness let me give joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not try to be comforted but to comfort, not try to be understood but to understand, not try to be loved but to love. Because it is in giving that we receive, it is in forgiving that we are forgiven, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Let us thank God for the opportunity He has given us today to have come here to pray together. We have come here especially to pray for peace, joy and love. We are reminded that Jesus came to bring the good news to the poor. He had told us what that good news is when He said: “My peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you.” He came not to give the peace of the world which is only that we don’t bother each other. He came to give the peace of heart which comes from loving – from doing good to others.
And God loved the world so much that He gave His Son – it was a giving. God gave His Son to the Virgin Mary, and what did she do with Him? As soon as Jesus came into Mary’s life, immediately she went in haste to give that good news. And as she came into the house of her cousin, Elizabeth, Scripture tells us that the unborn child – the child in the womb of Elizabeth – leapt with joy. While still in the womb of Mary, Jesus brought peace to John the Baptist who leapt for joy in the womb of Elizabeth.
And as if that were not enough, as if it were not enough that God the Son should become one of us and bring peace and joy while still in the womb of Mary, Jesus also died on the Cross to show that greater love. He died for you and for me, and for that leper and for that man dying of hunger and that naked person lying in the street, not only of Calcutta, but of Africa, and everywhere. Our Sisters serve these poor people in 105 countries throughout the world. Jesus insisted that we love one another as He loves each one of us.
Jesus gave His life to love us and He tells us that we also have to give whatever it takes to do good to one another. And in the Gospel Jesus says very clearly: “Love as I have loved you.” Jesus died on the Cross because that is what it took for Him to do good to us – to save us from our selfishness in sin. He gave up everything to do the Father’s will to show us that we too must be willing to give up everything to do God’s will – to love one another as He loves each of us. If we are not willing to give whatever it takes to do good to one another, sin is still in us. That is why we too must give to each other until it hurts.
It is not enough for us to say: “I love God,” but I also have to love my neighbor. St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you don’t love your neighbor.
How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live?
And so it is very important for us to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.
It hurt Jesus to love us. We have been created in His image for greater things, to love and to be loved. We must “put on Christ” as Scripture tells us. And so, we have been created to love and to be loved, and God has become man to make it possible for us to love as He loved us. Jesus makes Himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the unwanted one, and He says, “You did it to Me.” On the last day He will say to those on His right, “Whatever you did to the least of these, you did to Me,” and He will also say to those on His left, “Whatever you neglected to do for the least of these you neglected to do it for Me.”
When He was dying on the Cross, Jesus said, “I thirst.” Jesus is thirsting for our love, and this is the thirst of everyone, poor and rich alike. We all thirst for the love of others, that they go out of their way to avoid harming us and to do good to us. This is the meaning of true love, to give until it hurts.
I can never forget the experience I had in visiting a home where they kept all these old parents of sons and daughters who had just put them into an institution and forgotten them – maybe. I saw that in that home these old people had everything – good food, comfort- able place, television, everything, but everyone was looking toward the door. And I did not see a single one with a smile on the face. I turned to Sister and I asked: “Why do these people who have every comfort here, why are they all looking toward the door? Why are they not smiling?”
I am so used to seeing the smiles on our people, even the dying ones smile.
And Sister said: “This is the way it is nearly every day. They are expecting, they are hoping that a son or daughter will come to visit them. They are hurt because they are forgotten.” And see, this neglect to love brings spiritual poverty. Maybe in our own family we have somebody who is feeling lonely, who is feeling sick, who is feeling worried. Are we there? Are we there to be with them, or do we merely put them in the care of others? Are we willing to give until it hurts in order to be with our families, or do we put our own interests first? These are the questions we must ask ourselves, especially as we begin this year of the family. We must remember that love begins at home and we must also remember that “the future of humanity passes through the family.”
I was surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given to drugs. And I tried to find out why. Why is it like that, when those in the West have so many more things than those in the East? And the answer was: “Because there is no one in the family to receive them.” Our children depend on us for everything – their health, their nutrition, their security, their coming to know and love God. For all of this, they look to us with trust, hope and expectation. But often father and mother are so busy they have no time for their children, or perhaps they are not even married or have given up on their marriage. So the children go to the streets and get involved in drugs or other things. We are talking of love of the child which is where love and peace must begin. These are the things that break peace.
But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.
And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?
How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.
And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.
Many people are very, very concerned with the children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about all the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions who are being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today – abortion which brings people to such blindness.
And for this I appeal in India and I appeal everywhere – “Let us bring the child back.” The child is God’s gift to the family. Each child is created in the special image and likeness of God for greater things – to love and to be loved. In this year of the family we must bring the child back to the center of our care and concern. This is the only way that our world can survive because our children are the only hope for the future. As older people are called to God, only their children can take their places.
But what does God say to us? He says: “Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved you in the palm of my hand.” We are carved in the palm of His hand; that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love and to be loved, not only now in this life, but forever. God can never forget us.
I will tell you something beautiful. We are fighting abortion by adoption – by care of the mother and adoption for her baby. We have saved thousands of lives. We have sent word to the clinics, to the hospitals and police stations: “Please don’t destroy the child; we will take the child.” So we always have someone tell the mothers in trouble: “Come, we will take care of you, we will get a home for your child.” And we have a tremendous demand from couples who cannot have a child – but I never give a child to a couple who have done something not to have a child. Jesus said. “Anyone who receives a child in my name, receives me.” By adopting a child, these couples receive Jesus but, by aborting a child, a couple refuses to receive Jesus.
Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.
From our children’s home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3000 children from abortion. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents and have grown up so full of love and joy.
I know that couples have to plan their family and for that there is natural family planning.
The way to plan the family is natural family planning, not contraception.
In destroying the power of giving life, through contraception, a husband or wife is doing something to self. This turns the attention to self and so it destroys the gift of love in him or her. In loving, the husband and wife must turn the attention to each other as happens in natural family planning, and not to self, as happens in contraception. Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily.
I also know that there are great problems in the world – that many spouses do not love each other enough to practice natural family planning. We cannot solve all the problems in the world, but let us never bring in the worst problem of all, and that is to destroy love. And this is what happens when we tell people to practice contraception and abortion.
The poor are very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things. Once one of them came to thank us for teaching her natural family planning and said: “You people who have practiced chastity, you are the best people to teach us natural family planning because it is nothing more than self-control out of love for each other.” And what this poor person said is very true. These poor people maybe have nothing to eat, maybe they have not a home to live in, but they can still be great people when they are spiritually rich.
When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread. But a person who is shut out, who feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of society – that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome. And abortion, which often follows from contraception, brings a people to be spiritually poor, and that is the worst poverty and the most difficult to overcome.
Those who are materially poor can be very wonderful people. One evening we went out and we picked up four people from the street. And one of them was in a most terrible condition. I told the Sisters: “You take care of the other three; I will take care of the one who looks worse.” So I did for her all that my love can do. I put her in bed, and there was such a beautiful smile on her face.
She took hold of my hand, as she said one word only: “thank you” – and she died.
I could not help but examine my conscience before her. And I asked: “What would I say if I were in her place?” And my answer was very simple. I would have tried to draw a little attention to myself. I would have said: “I am hungry, I am dying, I am cold, I am in pain,” or something. But she gave me much more – she gave me her grateful love. And she died with a smile on her face. Then there was the man we picked up from the drain, half eaten by worms and, after we had brought him to the home, he only said:
“I have lived like an animal in the street, but I am going to die as an angel, loved and cared for.”
Then, after we had removed the worms from his body, all he said, with a big smile, was: “Sister, I am going home to God” -and he died. It was so wonderful to see the greatness of that man who could speak like that without blaming anybody, without comparing anything. Like an angel – this greatness of people who are spiritually rich even when they are materially poor. We are not social workers. We may be doing social work in the eyes of some people, but we must be contemplatives in the heart of the world. For we are touching the body of Christ and we are always in his presence.
You too must bring that presence of God into your family, for the family that prays together, stays together.
There is so much hatred, so much misery, and we with our prayer, with our sacrifice, are beginning at home. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do.
If we are contemplatives in the heart of the world with all its problems, these problems can never discourage us. We must always remember what God tells us in Scripture: “Even if a mother could forget the child in her womb – something impossible, but even if she could forget – I will never forget you.”
And so here I am talking with you. I want you to find the poor here, right in your own home first. And begin love there. Be that good news to your own people first. And find out about your next door neighbors. Do you know who they are?
I had the most extraordinary experience of love of neighbor with a Hindu family. A gentleman came to our house and said: “Mother Teresa, there is a family who have not eaten for so long. Do something.” So I took some rice and went there immediately. And I saw the children – their eyes shining with hunger. I don’t know if you have ever seen hunger. But I have seen it very often. And the mother of the family took the rice I gave her and went out. When she came back, I asked her: “Where did you go? What did you do?” And she gave me a very simple answer: “They are hungry also.” What struck me was that she knew – and who are they? A Muslim family – and she knew. I didn’t bring any more rice that evening because I wanted them, Hindus and Muslims, to enjoy the joy of sharing.
But there were those children, radiating joy, sharing the joy and peace with their mother because she had the love to give until it hurts. And you see this is where love begins – at home in the family.
So, as the example of this family shows, God will never forget us and there is something you and I can always do. We can keep the joy of loving Jesus in our hearts, and share that joy with all we come in contact with.
Let us make that one point – that no child will be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, or killed and thrown away. And give until it hurts – with a smile.
Because I talk so much of giving with a smile, once a professor from the United States asked me: “Are you married?” And I said: “Yes, and I find it sometimes very difficult to smile at my spouse, Jesus, because He can be very demanding – sometimes.” This is really something true.
And there is where love comes in – when it is demanding, and yet we can give it with joy.
One of the most demanding things for me is traveling everywhere – and with publicity. I have said to Jesus that if I don’t go to heaven for anything else, I will be going to heaven for all the traveling with all the publicity, because it has purified me and sacrificed me and made me really ready to go to heaven.
If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world.
From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak – the unborn child – must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for. God bless you!
each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus and His family.
Good night n God bless. Stay safe,stay warm.
Hope to catch ya Sunday. God willing.
Let’s start with Veritas. Truth.
I had a difficult relationship with my parents growing up. My fault.
Blame it on stupidity and stubbornness.
They were terrific people.
I had a great relationship with my parents when they were closer to the end of their life and had the privilege of being able to spend time with them-as well as the opportunity. Some people didn’t get that chance due to circumstances. I know they would have if they could have. They spent as much time with them as circumstances would permit. They were good to my parents. I know my parents thought the world of them.
My brother came home on vacation to spend time with mom. I always worried this would happen since she was ill and fighting cancer. My poor brother had to be home when mom passed away. I can’t begin to think of the shock it must have been. She was doing so well.
He was also left a tremendous responsibility with the estate and her arrangements. I’m sure it all weighed on him. I don’t know how he managed.
Unfortunately it was too much for any of us.We were in shock and grief.Mom was the one who held the family together especially after dad passed away.
Mom was a good person with a big heart. Dad too. He was a bigger marshmallow than people gave him credit for. He sometimes came off gruff but he was a man who would literally give you the shirt off his back.
They weren’t perfect people but they definitely got an A for effort. Sometimes though they would take personal matters and discuss them with other family members. I don’t fault them for it. I know they meant meant well(always did) but with everyone being upset it magnified the problems after their death.
World War III broke out. Everyone parted ways. I didn’t make it to her funeral.
Few things i’ve learned of late: You can’t change the past and you don’t know what’s ahead.
Truth. We all loved mom and dad.
Truth:I was a good mother for some years.Think we were happy. Then I went to hell.
Everyone handled their grief and shock over mom’s death as best as they could.She missed dad a lot. It wasn’t the same after he died. She wasn’t the same.The house wasn’t the same. I believe that had a lot to do with her passing when she did.
Mom and dad did talk about my personal issues but sometimes they made it sound worse than it actually was.Or it could be that because the people they were talking to were miles away they didn’t really see what was going on.People meant well. It just didn’t turn out well.
When i met Paul’s dad i was a young 21 yr old and he was probably 8 yr my senior. He served in Vietnam. He was a Marine and got a purple heart.
He had a shrapnel wound in his leg He was tall(at least 6’1)and built like a man who had been through training. On the other hand he was about as mature as i was-not saying much. I know now he most likely suffered from PTSD and back then the vets who returned to civilian life were treated like garbage. He never got the treatment he should have had.
His family didn’t care for either of us except his younger sister,Holly,who thought we were cool. We weren’t.
I met him on St Patrick’s Day in NY state.
As i was getting ready to leave the bar for home,he asked for my phone no. [We were out for a night of dancing at one of the more popular spots.] i was sure i would never hear from him again.WRONG.We dated for 2 yrs . When we broke up he moved back to upper NY state. He was a good person who had a difficult life.We both definitely needed to grow up and we didn’t.Paul Christopher(meaning Christ bearer) was born Dec 16th,1974.I was going to name him Christopher Paul but changed it around because Paul would be easier to spell as a youngster.(Paul was in memory of Uncle Paul.) We called him “PC “for short. Had he been a girl I had chosen the name Noel Christina.As much as i would have loved other children it never happened. I married too late in life.I would never have met anyone in our hometown. There weren’t any opportunities for much of anything there and I never had the foresight to move. Of course it ended up being a good thing.I met the one i eventually married and was there when mom and dad needed help.I am so glad we left when we did. Love our new hometown. Love the weather,the people,the church(St Gregory’s)and our home. It was devastating at first-but turned out to be the best thing to happen to us.
I wish people would have made peace with my dad before he passed away.I wish other people would have made peace with my mom before she passed;mom had good friends though that came to see her and gave their support.I believe that people were decent to me ,when dad passed away,for mom’s benefit. I’m fine with that.
Sometimes it’s difficult for us to see past our own point of view. We all see the same thing through a different lens. I’m convinced of it.
I wish i knew back then what i know now. I wish i knew at 18-21 i did not have all the answers and that I was actually pretty ignorant.At 40 you really start to get a clue.At 63 you figure out you’re not the sharpest pencil in the box.I’m assuming around 70-80 you wish you could do it over again the right way.
Veritas … truth, honesty, uprightness, reality
Honor … honor, respect, regard, esteem
Justitia … justice, equality, righteousness
Sapientia … wisdom, prudence, discernment
Yes,it does happen
Notice to GOP
You people are dumber than a box of rocks
if you think you can push Trump out of the race
and win the general.
Not only will you lose but you will forever destroy
the party’s chance to ever win again in our life time.
If Trump isn’t the candidate what happens if we don’t vote?
We the people are sick and tired of politicians and their silver spoon
up their butt mentality.(CORONATIONS FOR PEOPLE THEY’VE BOUGHT)
Instead of acting like spoiled brats why don’t you find a candidate with Trump’s
There isn’t one! That’s why we support Trump and that isn’t going to change no matter
what lies you tell.Go ahead and start a war within your own party & prove to the country
that the GOP is no better than the criminal Clintons and the TOTALLY corrupt media.
Our loyalty to Trump is a mile deep and a mile wide. Our loyalty to the GOP is about as good
as your loyalty to us.
Take that as a warning.
HERE IS YOUR PLOT but i’m sure you’re already aware of it.
THE DRIVE TO TAKE DOWN TRUMP.
Somewhere out there is a Christmas present you never received. Mom and I ordered it from Amazon. You and your family we’re moving into your new home. It caught you during the change of address. It was from a collection-a siamese cat and pug dog.I can’t even remember the name of this collection you used to have.Anyway, it never made it to you.It is still out there somewhere. I don’t know if it was returned to Amazon marked undelivered. I never rec’d a refund unless it was because i gave the payment to mom and she put it on her card.I honestly don’t think so.Sure mom would have known.She kept good track of things like that.
It may be that it ended up at your previous address and they kept it. The bottom line is it’s out there somewhere with your name on it in c/o of your dad. It’s been years. You were just a kid then.It really bothered me because it was the one time i was allowed to get something for you kids [not without some convincing];wouldn’t you know you ended up not getting it anyway.What’s even stranger is that i’ve never been able to find either the siamese cat and pug dog at Amazon or the collection.
very enjoyable reading this one. now that Thanksgiving has passed..read and reflect on the points she’s made.
“We give thanks to You, invisible King. By Your infinite power You created all things and by Your great mercy You brought everything from nothing into being. Master, look down from heaven upon those who have bowed their heads before You; they have bowed not before flesh and blood but before You the awesome God. Therefore, Master, guide the course of our life for our benefit according to the need of each of us. Sail with those who sail; travel with those who travel; and heal the sick, Physician of our souls and bodies. By the grace, mercy, and love for us of Your only begotten Son, with whom You are blessed, together with Your all holy, good, and life giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.” (Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom)
This week is hectic. It’s Thanksgiving here in the USA. So many ways…
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