Mother Teresa on listening and prayer
There are a number of prayers used by Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Here are some of them.
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 at Holy Mass for the sins of the world and mine.
Jesus is the Life – to be loved.
Jesus is the Joy – to be shared.
Jesus is the Hungry – to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty – to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked – to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless – to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick – to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely – to be loved.
Jesus is the Unwanted – to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper – to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar – to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard – to listen to him.
Jesus is the Little One – to embrace him.
Jesus is the Drug Addict – to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute – to remove from danger.
Jesus is the Prisoner – to be visited.
Jesus is the Old – to be served.
Jesus is my Everything. Amen.
Give us a heart as beautiful, pure, and spotless as yours.
A heart like yours, so full of love and humility.
May we be able to receive Jesus as the Bread of Life,
to love Him as you loved Him,
to serve Him under the mistreated face of the poor.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
On a wall in one of St Teresa’s Children’s Homes
- People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centred; forgive them anyway.
- If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind
- If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies; succeed anyway.
- If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you; be honest and sincere anyway.
- What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight; create anyway.
- If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous; be happy anyway.
- The good you do today, will often be forgotten; do good anyway.
- Give the best you have, and it will never be enough; give your best anyway.
- In the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.
But more profound is answers given in an interview
Interviewer: How do you pray to God?
Mother Teresa: I listen.
Interviewer: What does he say?
Mother Teresa: He listens.
Silence, listening, is important to prayer.