“Works of love are a path to peace”

Pope Francis has chosen to canonise her at the culmination of the Jubilee year, and this is no coincidence. Who better than her to represent the Holy Father’s merciful tenderness?

Who better to remember today – blind and short-lived wayfarers as we are, in search of water to quench our thirst, we disillusioned ones, believing in nothing, yet with a wounded longing, faceless and nameless, in our hearts?

Teresa of Calcutta, the diminutive saint of the poorest was a great teacher for spiritual life, who teaches us a profound, misunderstood truth: our life, our whole life, acquires meaning only when it meets love. Our life is valuable only when it becomes the reflection of an infinite love, constantly given, received with gratitude and joy and in an utter abandonment of spirit.

“Let us try today to reflect on the love that God has in store for you and for me. His love is so gentle; his love is so great, so tangible, so vital that Jesus came with the precise purpose of teaching us how to love. Love is not something that can fossilise, but something that lives continuously. Works of love and showing love are a path to peace. And where does this love begin? Right in our hearts”.

Teresa of Calcutta is present now before our eyes, inthe shining transparency of her holiness, as a true teacher for life, and a precious gift for today’s world and for the Church in the third millennium.

Love one another as Jesus loves you”, she said in one of her last interviews, which could perhaps deservedly be considered her spiritual legacy to the whole of humankind.
“I have nothing to add to the message left to us by Jesus. In order to love, you must have a pure heart and pray. The fruit of prayer is a deepening of faith. The fruit of faith is love. And the fruit of love is service to others. This leads us to peace”.

 

from the book:

 

TERESA OF CALCUTTA

The Novel of a Soul

by Maria Amata Di Lorenzo

available in English

(also published in Spanish and Italian)

 

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