To understand than to be understood

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To understand than to be understood

 

 

 

 

The tendency toward individualism is growing, and when one is concentrated only on oneself, one inevitably becomes fragile; the capacity to listen is weakened, which is an indispensable stage in understanding others and working together. (Meeting with the young people of Sardinia address of his Holiness Benedict XVI Yenne Square, Cagliari Sunday, 7 September 2008)

 

 

 

You are called to understand each other, to work together, to walk together the path of life - together with each other and with Christ - to respect humanity in everyone, even in those who have lost a sense of their own dignity. You must find Christ in others, and give Christ to others - the Christ who alone is the hope of the world! In all the circumstances of your lives you are called to be bearers of a message of hope, called to be ready, in the words of Saint Peter, with an answer for anyone who asks you "to account for the hope that is in you". With this hope, with understanding and love, equipped with all the principles of your Catholic faith, you will be able to face serenely the issues of daily living.

(Homily of John Paul II Castelgandolfo, 28 August 1980)

 

 

 

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WEEK 1 


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For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich

(2 Cor 8:9).

 

 

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law—though not being myself under the law—that I might win those under the law. Those outside the law I became as one outside the law—not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ—that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I might share in its blessings (1 Cor 9:19-23).

 

 

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We shall be perfectly free in the poverty we intend—or rather God wants from us. There are Indian, Anglo-Indian & European girls who are longing to give just like this everything to God—and get at the heart of the people—in whatever country they be. Tell our Holy Father of my longing to be all things to all men. Bring him the first letter I wrote to you. I have no proof—but I know it is God who wants this from us.—What if all be failure—I have no fear.—If only one family—if only one little unhappy child is made happy with the love of Jesus, tell me, will it not be worth all of us giving all for that—for you having all the trouble? (CBML, p. 61)

 

 

 

From my Superiors down, I know they will laugh at me. They will think me a fool, proud, mad etc. What if the good God wants my name? I am His and His only.—The rest has no hold on me. I can do without all the rest if I have Him. Fear not for me—nor for those who will join me—He will look after us all. He will be with us.—If for a glass of water, He has promised so much, what would He not do for victim hearts given to the poor? He will do all. I, I am only a little instrument in His hands, and because I am just nothing, He wants to use me. (CBML, p. 66)

 

 

 

Jesus was sent by His Father to the poor and to be able to understand the poor, Jesus had to know and experience that poverty in His own Body and Soul. We too must experience poverty if we want to be true carriers of God’s love. To be able to proclaim the Good News to the poor we must know what is poverty.

(CBML, p. 234)

 

 

 

More than any other Congregation, we need poverty, real poverty. It gives us the detachment and the real freedom necessary to understand the very poor people with whom we work.

 

 

 

We work in the Church whose mission is to preach the Gospel to the poor and to listen to the cry of the poor, especially in our times. It is necessary to be poor in spirit in order to love, because to love it is necessary to give until it hurts and this giving is not possible if we are attached to things and to ourselves. Our poverty in our lives is freedom from anything that can capture the heart.

 

 

 

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WEEK 2

 

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Love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. (Romans 12:9)

 

 

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”

(Rom 15:1-3)

 

 

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

(Luke 6:31)


 

 

 

 

 

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We must live our life but with love, with understanding love, with that compassion, with that thoughtfulness and that always — as I said this morning . . . now when the child comes home there is no one to receive the child and the child goes back to the street and there are drugs, there are so many things in the street, and then it often happens like that, the people come from the work having spent hours and difficulties and all — and she comes home and we are not there to receive her, maybe we have not even a smile for her, maybe you don’t even see in her eyes the anxiety and the suffering. We must be able – we must not be afraid. Though today they say there should be no mother and child business, but I beg of you, be mothers to your sisters. Our Lady must have been a very tender mother to Jesus, very tender. And, she must have been a very tender mother to the apostles when they made so many mistakes, many mistakes. And she must have been there always to forgive, always to help, always to draw. So, I think if you really want to have holy sisters, if we really want to have another Nazareth in our community life, let us give by really tender love for each other – don’t be afraid to love, don’t be afraid to love as Jesus loved. (Talk to Religious)

 

 

 

Do we own our people when they suffer, when they are thrown out, our own people, our own family—do we know them, that they suffer, do we recognize their hunger for Jesus? This is the hunger of understanding love, this is why Our Lady is so great because she had an understanding love and you and I, being women, we have that tremendous thing in us, that understanding love. I see that so beautifully in our people, in our poor women who day after day and every day meet suffering, accept suffering for the sake of their children. I have seen parents, mothers, going without so many things, so many things even begging so that the child may have. I have seen parents holding to the handicapped child because that child is her child. She had an understanding love for the suffering of her child. I remember there was a woman who had twelve children and the first child was terribly disabled, terribly handicapped. I cannot describe to you what the child looked like mentally, physically, and I offered to take that child to our home where we have so many like that and she started crying and she said to me, “Mother, don’t say that, don’t say that. She is the greatest gift of God to me and to my family; all of our love is centered on this child. Our lives would be empty if you take her from us.” This is an understanding love. Do we have that kind of love today? Do we recognize that my child, my husband, my wife, my father, my mother, my sister, my brother needs that understanding, that shake of [the] hand?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

 

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Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others.

(Phil 2:3)

 

 

For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him. For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

(Rom 12:3-8)

 

 

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.

(Mt 7:1-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One day some short time ago a woman came to our house with a little child of two years in her hand. And as I took the child in my hand the child died in my hands. And the mother told me that she’s been going from place to place to beg a little bit of food, a little bit of milk for the child. And every place she went they told her, "You should work; you are lazy!" And nobody gave her that little milk, that little bit of food for her little child. That she herself had not eaten, that was not so great for her. But she knew her child was being fed only on water; she didn't even have a cup of milk to give to her child. Then I went to the chapel. I felt shy to look at the Cross because Jesus had given us so much. And we could not give even a glass of milk to this little child. The child had to die, because we were afraid. And this is the greatest injustice done to the poor, that we take away from them their dignity and respect, and by hurting them… This is terrible hunger. And I think — you and I — must come to know; and if we know, we will love; and if we love we will do something.

 

 

Our poor people are great people, a very lovable people. They don’t need our pity and sympathy. They need our understanding love and they need our respect. We need to tell the poor that they are somebody to us, that they, too, have been created, by the same, loving hand of God, to love and be loved. (CBML, p. 296)

 

 

Let us all once more during this month of love . . . renew our offering with great determination to become true apostles of His Sacred Heart and learn from the loving Heart of Jesus to be meek and humble of heart. 

 

 

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WEEK 4

 

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“. . . Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf! And he said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found’”

(Luke 15:25-32).

 

 


 

 

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Much of the suffering in the world is caused because of want of things—want of food and so on, but at the same time want of that understanding love. Many people are hungry not for bread only but they are hungry for that understanding love, they are hungry for love. Many people are not only naked for want of a piece of cloth but they are naked for the human dignity that has been stolen from them. The greatest injustice we have done to our poor people is that we think that they are good for nothing: we have forgotten to treat them with respect, with dignity as a child of God. Homelessness is not only not having a home made of bricks but homelessness is being rejected, unwanted, unloved, uncared for. People have forgotten what the human touch is, what it is to smile, for somebody to smile at them, somebody to recognize them, somebody to wish them well.

 

 

Our sisters working in London went out some time ago and met a young boy in the street. I said to him, “You shouldn’t be here. You should be with your parents.” And he said, “Oh, but my mother doesn’t want me because I have long hair. Each time I have gone home, she has pushed me out.” So we went further and later we came back again and we found him. He had overdosed himself and we had to take him to the hospital. I could not help but reflect for a moment that quite possibly his mother was very busy with the hungry in India, gathering this and doing that, yet she had no time, she had no love, she had no care, she did not want her own child. This is very often what hurts the Sacred Heart of Jesus most. For 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.
To understand than to be understood.

 

 

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.

To understand than to be understood.  

 

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.

To understand than to be understood.  

 

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.

To understand than to be understood.  

 

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

To understand than to be understood.  

 

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

To understand than to be understood.  

 

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, to understand than to be understood.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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