Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Flame of Burning Love

Although I didn't attend church this morning, I was deeply moved in reading this little book from Fall River Press: Mother Teresa, Her Essential Wisdom.

"The sunshine of God's love . . . the hope of eternal happiness . . . the flame of burning love. Easter is this joy. However, you cannot have joy without sacrifice. That is why Good Friday comes before Easter."

"Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of Christ risen."

"I love all religions but I am in love with my own. If people become better Hindus, better Muslims, better Buddists by our acts of love, then there is something else growing there. They come closer and closer to God. When they come closer, they have to choose . . . Gandhi once said that if Christians lived according to their faith, there would be no more Hindus left in India."

"To smile at someone who is sad; to visit, even for a little while, someone who is lonely; to give someone shelter from the rain with our umbrella; to read something for someone who is blind; . . . to write a letter or take the mail for someone, or bring a flower to somebody, or wash clothes for somebody, or clean the house--small things, but God sees everything great."

"Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is in the street, today somebody is hungry . . . today somebody is lonely."


  1. I love Mother Teresa's writings - she commands our ears with her life, you know?

    Have you ever read Hannah Whitall Smith?

  2. Thanks for reminding me--she had a sense of humor, too. I recall Chuck White, Dr. Charles White, indirectly introducing me to her writings/theology; he later wrote a book about Phoebe Palmer, "arguably the most influential woman in Free Methodism."