Where there is hatred, I may bring love

(August 30 - October 3)


 

 

Where there is hatred, I may bring love

 

 

“God seeks persons who can be vessels and heralds of his peace. Let us pray that he will not find our hearts closed. Let us strive to be active heralds of his peace – in the world of today.

 

“... When we celebrate the Eucharist … Christ gives himself to us and, in doing so, gives us his peace. He gives it to us so that we can carry the light of peace within and give it to others. He gives it to us so that we can become peacemakers and builders of peace in the world. And so we pray: Lord, fulfill your promise! Where there is conflict, give birth to peace! Where there is hatred, make love spring up! Where darkness prevails, let light shine! Make us heralds of your peace! Amen.”

(Pope Benedict XVI 24. 12.2005)

 

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WEEK 1 


Scripture:


Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children. (Ephesians 5:1)
And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2)

 

 

Mother Teresa's Words:

“When God created us, He created us out of love. There is no other explanation because God is love. And He has created us to love and to be loved. If we could remember that all the time, there would be no wars, no violence, no hatred in the world. So beautiful. So simple.”

 

“Let us radiate the peace of God [and] so light His Light and extinguish in the world and in the hearts of all men all hatred and love for power. Let the M.C. and the Co-workers in every country wherever they are meet God with a smile everywhere they go and in everyone.”

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WEEK 2 (September 6 - 12)

 

Scripture:

 

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. (Proverbs 10:12)

If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20)

 

 

Mother Teresa's Words:

“Holy Father spoke on [the] first of January of peace and one sentence was this, “No to violence and yes to peace.” What is violence? In the first place we think of weapons, knife, killing, and so on. We never think of connecting violence with our tongues. The first violence that came into the world was “a lie.” The devil told a lie to Eve—and with that one lie the whole generation of mankind became sinful. What was that lie? “If you eat of this fruit, you will become like God.” Just think—that one lie; untruth. We can tell a lie to outsiders, to each other—but we can't tell a lie to God. The devil makes us believe that we can tell a lie to God. Even to ourselves we cannot tell a lie because we cannot hide anything from ourselves, for we know the reality. We try to believe, but we only bluff ourselves. The devil tells one thousand lies to make us believe one lie.
The first weapon—the most cruel weapon—is the tongue. Now you examine, what part has your tongue played in creating peace or violence? We can really wound a person—we can kill a person just with our tongue.”

 

“How many of us really listened to God speak in the silence of the heart? From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. I don't know how many have read that letter, “No to violence.” I repeated that we think of violence as killing or shooting with a gun. Each time only one bullet comes. I want you as a sincere preparation for that total giving of self—I want you very especially to examine. Have you heard the voice of God? Is my heart silent? If bitter words, angry words come out of your mouth, then your heart is not full with Jesus. From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks and in the silence of the heart God speaks. I want you to empty your hearts of all uncharitableness, all bitterness, all untruthfulness that you see and you hear.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

 

 

Scripture:

And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:21)

 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.  A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.  He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." 
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:25-37)

 

Mother Teresa's Words:
....“That's why Jesus came into this world, to proclaim the GOOD NEWS that God IS love, that God loves you, loves me, and that He wants us to love one another as He has loved each one of us. But God today has to love you and me through others. He has to love ... we have to allow God to use you, to use me, to be HIS love.
....And how do we love God? We all want to love God. But HOW do we love God? Where is God? We know God is everywhere. We know that God is a loving Father. We know that He has created us to love and to be loved, for greater things. Not just to be a number, but for greater things. And therefore today, God loves the world THROUGH US! That is God's love in action.
....The other day a man came to our home for the dying; and he went and he saw one of our Sisters cleaning a man's body that was full of worms. He was eaten up alive. And then this man came out, came back to me, and said, ‘I came here godless; I came here empty; I came here full of hatred; but I go full of God! In the action of that Sister I saw God's love; I saw God love that person.’ And so this is very beautiful for you and for me.
....For each one of us, for you and for me, it is necessary first of all to love those in our own family. Maybe we have the suffering and the lonely and the crippled and the mental in our own family; and we have no time — no time even to smile at them. And love begins at home. If you really want to be God's love in the world of today, begin to be God's love in your own home first. And then you will become the sunshine of God's love to everyone you meet.”

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WEEK 4

 

Scripture:

Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:10)

Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. (1 John 3:13-15)

 

 

Mother Teresa's Words:

“In the world there is so much hatred and disunion…. [L]et us in a special way make our houses real communities of love and union and so overcome this hatred. Love begins at home. Everything depends on how we love each other. Make your community live on this love and spread the fragrance of His love everywhere you go. Do not be afraid to love until it hurts, for this is how Jesus loved.”

 

 “It is you and I who can give that joy of love, of peace in the family. Today, the world is upside-down, so much hatred, so much killing, so much unhappiness because love, peace, joy in the family is broken. Families do not pray any more. And because they do not pray, they cannot stay together. And if they do not stay together, they cannot love one another. And if a mother can kill her own child, then, what is left for other people to kill each other.”

 

“… 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 and 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.” (National Prayer Breakfast Speech, Washington, D.C)

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WEEK 5

 

 

Scripture:

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. (Luke 6:27)

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. (Luke 6:32)

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. (Luke 6:35)


Mother Teresa's Words:

“Jesus insisted that we love one another as He loves each one of us.  Jesus gave His life to love us and 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 it what it took for Him to do good to us; to save us from our selfishness and 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 ways, to love one another as He loves each one of 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 said 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 …  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 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 as He loved us."

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Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 

All Angels - Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace, from the album ' into paradise'

 


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Holy Fathers Words Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana 

 

 

 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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