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Have you ever met anyone in your life that "walked the walk and talked the talk" so well that you felt you could virtually guarantee that he or she would become a saint? Of course, we are all called to be saints, but this particular individual stood out in such a way that a part of you wonders if he or she would practically skip purgatory?
A well-known person that fills these shoes, of course, is Mother Teresa. Seriously, I think everyone should read her story. Talk about hope for the rest of us!! If her life doesn't make a person rethink his or hers and give hope and motivation to make a difference, I just don't know whose will.
Actually, some of her quotes have made a huge impression on my life. And, to be honest, the quotes that have made the most difference are not your run-of-the-mill, give-to-the-poor ones. Here's one that hit me hard when I heard it for the first time: "Live simply so others may simply live."
This minuscule sentence spoke volumes to my heart in about 30 seconds and stopped me in my tracks.
In those 30 seconds I thought of the excess in my home - the completely unnecessary excess. I thought of the food in the fridge that had gone to waste because I hadn't made it a priority to eat it or save it. I thought of my recent trip for fast-food; in that particular situation waiting until I got home and using the money I had saved for a local charity would have done far more for my soul and helped another's in the process than giving in to my unwillingness to take the time to make dinner.
In old movies, you often hear the phrase, "What a girl!" Well, I would apply this to Mother Teresa. But, I would enhance it a bit: "What a woman! What a servant of God! What an amazing saint!!"
I think most in the world would agree. After winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Nehru Prize, The Balzan Prize, and so many others, it's clear that her simple life attracted the most opposing of souls, opening hearts to her heralds of love and generosity in a way that has rarely been seen in our modern times.
You may have heard that Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized on Sept. 4th of this year. I am super excited about this!!! Given her outstanding life, St. John Paul waived the 5 year waiting period and allowed the process of Sainthood to begin in 1997. In 2003 she was beatified, and now we stand at the precipice of her canonization.
Where will you be on Sept. 4th? I hope you have a chance to spend a moment in prayer on that momentous day and catch a glimpse of the ceremony.
It's history in the making...and as long as I'm on my knees, I'm sure to get a first-class seat! :)
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