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Many lives have been touched or changed by Mother Teresa. We are interested in receiving your personal recollections to help spread knowledge and devotion to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and to record your memory for future generations.
I'm colombian. Two weeks ago I bought a tiny book of your words and phrases. I read it and these words made cry. The simple way you expressed wonderful things and how deep they got into myself is something I don't understand but that I feel deep inside of me. Every time I discover something new and my heart and soul learn a lot. Those words plus your smile and the light of God in your eyes have made me be a better person, a better Catholic; thanks to you my way af living has changed but so does my way of feeling. Now I understand why love hurts- and I'm glad it has hurt me- and thanks to you I'm not afraid of death anymore.
Years ago a pro-life organization (Birthright) had their annual convention at Notre Dame (South Bend). They had a surprise guest speaker, which turned out to be Mother Teresa. What this woman lacked in physical presence, she more than made up for in spiritual presence, powerhouse that she was. One of the things she said will stay with me forever: "Babies are like daisies; there can never be too many." Whenever I think of another child being born in anything but the best of circumstances, I think of her words and how she is looking down from heaven and smiling on the birth of yet another new life, another creation in God's image.
In February 2008, I had a very very early miscarriage. We have been facing infertility as a couple for the last 3 1/2 years. Having done so many treatments and every treatment failing. In February to our surprise we did not know that we were pregnant, but eventually my body rejected the pregnancy within a weeks time. I was so depressed and could not even hold the rosary or prayer book to say my prayers or do anything. I would cry all day and it was so unbearable, I cant even explain how I felt. Being a bubbly person I was slowly sinking.
One day I was watching a Hindi movie and in that movie I seen Mother Teresa's picture and immediately something within me said to start searching for prayers to Mother Teresa. It was like a sign for me to start praying to Mother Teresa. I found the website and immediately started reading her prayers. I felt so relieved and slowly started holding myself together again. I requested for the novena prayers and received them immediately. I am so grateful to Mother Teresa for helping me and I believe that she will bless me with a child. She is the ray of hope that she bought to me in my life. I wish to spread her word to everyone.
Love you Mother Teresa, I wouldn't have been able to hold myself together without your help.
Thank you so much Mother.
First of all I want to thank the Lord that we could be 2 years ago on Taize meeting in Kolkata.
And it was kind of wonder cause 2 years before I prayed with support of Mother Theresa to be able to go somewhen to Kolkata. And in fact in 2 years I was there ( we got money from bishop and could invite also some other 4 young people from poor villages to meeting)
My favorite summer salad is Ambrosia. A plateful of ruby red grapefruits, juicy oranges, yellow pineapples, maraschino cherries, coconut, and pecans mixed with marshmallows in a sour cream sauce all sitting on a bed of lettuce…almost heaven. It may not make me immortal, but it’s enough to put a smile of sheer delight on my face.
Has a smile ever changed your life? I can think of one that changed mine. It was the night I woke up from a sound sleep to find Mother Teresa standing by my bed. She was praying her rosary and smiling at me with her famous beatific smile. The moment I saw her she got a mischievous twinkle in her eye as if to say, “You weren’t supposed to catch me here!” Then she turned on her heel and scurried away through what looked to me like a “crack in the air.” When did this happen? About a year after her death. Where did it happen? In my home.
Hypnagogic hallucination? Visitation? Dream? Call it what you will, her smile was like basking in a warm sun that sank down into my soul, easing worries and restoring confidence. I woke up the next morning a little less likely to make mountains out of molehills and better able to welcome daily challenges with my own crooked grin. I began to pray with greater joy and enthusiasm because I had tasted in her smile a reminder of the love that makes the struggle worthwhile…and it’s right there, just through that “crack in the air,” ambrosial, sweet and heavenly.
Mother Teresa once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” It’s also a gift to yourself. In fact, the more you smile, the greater your chances for health, happiness and success. Do you have high blood pressure? Measure your blood pressure with a home monitor. Now think about something or someone bound to make you smile. Smile for a minute. Then take your blood pressure again. Do you see a difference? Smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin. Together these three cause us to feel good, making a smile the ultimate natural high. Smiling also makes you look more confident, younger and attractive. People are attracted to a smiling face. Research shows your smile can improve a relationship, cinch a job, and win a promotion over the next curmudgeonly fellow.
But smiles aren’t meant to be self serving. They’re meant to be spontaneous, friendly, inviting, silly, ecstatic, genuine, delighted, joyful, kind, hopeful, inspiring, triumphant, blissful, easy, carefree, laughing, optimistic, loving, sweet, toothy, welcoming, life-changing gifts. According to Mother Teresa, “being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody… is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” On any given day any one of us could be suffering this kind of poverty, standing on the street corner of life, ragged heart in hand, begging for a touch of kindness. So when is the last time you gave away a smile for no reason at all, whether you felt like it or not? When is the last time you looked at a stranger as if you were truly glad he was there? When is the last time you smiled at your loved ones instead of taking them for granted?
Legend claims heaven and hell are identical. Each is a banquet table filled end to end with indescribably delicious food. Everyone has a single, long-handled spoon. In hell people are inconsolable because they cannot ladle the food into their mouths. In heaven, they feed each other. So what’s better than eating Ambrosia salad? Sharing it. If you don’t have any, give away your smile instead. It’s going to help someone, and it’ll bring you closer to that “crack in the air” where saints slip through, grinning ear to ear. Rose
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