• September 29, 2016

A Living Witness of God’s Mercy

One of the little known sto­ries of Heart’s Home here in Brooklyn is that Mother Teresa was one of our inspi­ra­tions for coming here. We are over­joyed that she has been rec­og­nized a saint by the Catholic Church! Here she offers a few insights into the grace of God’s mercy:

In every country there are poor. Poverty doesn’t con­sist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremen­dous hunger for human dig­nity. On cer­tain con­ti­nents poverty is more spir­i­tual than mate­rial, a poverty that con­sists of lone­li­ness, dis­cour­age­ment, and the lack of meaning in life….You in the West have the spir­i­tu­ally poorest of the poor much more than you have the phys­i­cally poor. I find it easy to give a plate of rice to a hungry person, to fur­nish a bed to a person who has no bed, but to con­sole or to remove the bit­ter­ness, anger and lone­li­ness that comes from being spir­i­tu­ally deprived, that takes a long time.

Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our chil­dren, hus­band, wife, are not hungry or naked or dis­pos­sessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affec­tion? Where is your elderly father or mother? Abandonment is an awful poverty. Know the poorest of the poor are among your neigh­bors, in your neigh­bor­hoods, in your town, in your city, per­haps in your own family. When you know them, that will lead you to love them. And love will impel you to serve them. Only then will you begin to act like Jesus and live out the Gospel. Place your­selves at the ser­vice of the poor. Open your hearts to love them. Be living wit­nesses of God’s mercy.

  • Saint Teresa of Calcutta, extracts from the book “No Greater Love” (New World Library)

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