Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mother Teresa's Joy

BEADS OF JOY 07-11-13
“Mother Teresa’s Joy”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Mother Teresa is inspiring, encouraging and so devout to our Lord; that I can’t help but love her so much. I especially love sharing all that I have learned about her life, her faith and her experiences. She has always played a very significant role in my own personal private prayer life, and devotion to the Rosary. Our St. Patrick’s Rosary Makers Guild here in Milford PA; use to personally send her mission rosary beads monthly for several consecutive years. Today let us look at ponder and maybe even include some of this most inspiring words from one our Lord’s most blessed saints.

Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II

Some quick notes/facts about Mother Teresa:

·       She was born August 26, 1910 -Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Albania.

·       When she was 18 y/o, Agnes left home to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland.

·       She stared the Missioners of Charity

·       She died on 5 September 1997. 

At the time of her death, Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity had over 4,000 sisters, and an associated brotherhood of 300 members, operating 610 missions in 123 countries. A truly dedicated worker of the Lord.

In Mother’s own words she speaks of incredible love for God: “How tenderly Jesus speaks when He gives Himself to His own in Holy Communion. ‘My Flesh is meat indeed and My Blood is drink indeed.  He that eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me and I in him.’ Oh, what could my Jesus do more than give me His Flesh for my food?  No, not even God could do more nor show greater love for me.”

Mother Teresa’s message is always of love and humility: “We all know, when we look at the cross, how Jesus loved us.  When we look at the Eucharist we know how much He loves us now.”  And to those who longed to imitate her life she told, “In every Holy Communion, Jesus the word becomes Flesh in our life, a special, delicate, beautiful gift of God; it’s a privilege...” ...“You must protect it with tender care because He is giving Himself, the Word, to you to be made Flesh, to each one of you, and to those who will come after.”
When Mother Teresa became a nun, she took her name after St. Therese of Lisieux.  It was this young Saint who said these two statements, (1)“When I act and think with charity, I feel it is Jesus Who works within me.  The closer I am united with Him, the more I love all the other dwellers in Carmel.”  (2)“Holy Communion, as the word itself implies, is the intimate union of Jesus and our soul and body.  If we want to have life and have it more abundantly, we must live on the Flesh of our Lord.”

To me - Jesus is my God.  Jesus is my Spouse.  Jesus is my Life.  Jesus is my only Love.  Jesus is my All in all.  Jesus is my everything.  Jesus, I love with my whole heart, with my whole being.  I have given Him all, even my sins, and He has espoused me to Himself in all tenderness and love.  Now and for life I am the Spouse of my crucified Spouse.”  Let us pray for Mother Teresa’s intercession for us.

In each of our lives Jesus comes as the Bread of Life - to be eaten, to be consumed by us. This is how He loves us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the Bread of our life, our hearts by loving, and our hands by serving. In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like God. This is what Jesus meant when He said, "Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Like Mary, let us be full of zeal to go in haste to give Jesus to others. She was full of grace when, at the annunciation, she received Jesus. Like her, we too become full of grace every time we receive Holy Communion. It is the same Jesus whom she received and whom we receive at Mass. As soon as we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, let us go in haste to give Him to our sisters, to our poor, to the sick, to the dying, to the lepers, to the unwanted, and the unloved. By this we make Jesus present in the world today.”

When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now,”
Put your sins in the chalice for the precious blood to wash away. One drop is capable of washing away the sins of the world. "The Eucharist is connected with the Passion. If Jesus had not established the Eucharist we would have forgotten the crucifixion. It would have faded into the past and we would have forgotten that Jesus loved us. There is a saying that to be far away from the eyes is to be far away from the heart. To make sure that we do not forget, Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a memorial of his love,”

Perpetual Adoration, Eucharistic Adoration offers to our people the opportunity to join those in religious life to pray for the salvation of the world, souls everywhere and peace on earth. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer and the difference it will make in our world,”
Who is Jesus to me? Jesus is the Word made Flesh. Jesus is the Bread of Life. Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the cross. Jesus is the sacrifice offered at holy Mass for the sins of the world and for mine. Jesus is the Word - to be spoken. Jesus is the Truth - to be told. Jesus is the Way - to be walked. Jesus is the Light - to be lit. Jesus is the Life - to be lived. Jesus is the Love - to be loved,”

A life not lived for others is not a life.”
Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”

God doesn't require us to succeed; He only requires that you try.”

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, 'How many good things have you done in your life?' rather he will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?”

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.
I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.”

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
If we pray, we will believe; If we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve.”

If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.”

Live simply so others may simply live.”

Peace begins with a smile.”
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.”

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
When you don't have anything, then you have everything.”

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.”

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.”
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.”
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.”

We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

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