“Intense love does not measure, it just gives.” –Mother Teresa
September 4, 2016 — Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages — Canonization of Mother Teresa
As we remember and reflect on the experiences while on pilgrimage through Italy in 2016 for the canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa, what strikes us most is her steadfast, persevering, unwavering reminders to the world of the radical way Jesus Christ loves us and how she continues to encourage us to love one another in the same way.
Today we share some of her quotes as a gentle reminder that as we travel on this earth we are to remember Christ’s words in the Sermon on the Mount, where He said, “be perfect as my Father is perfect”, meaning, be whole and complete, mirroring His character — becoming fully human by imitating the loving qualities of God. The best example to follow is Christ, how he lived and taught these radical views of love. Encountering Christ and connecting with the Divine is part of what pilgrimaging is all about, encountering Him in the Eucharist, in the ancient stones of the spiritual sites we visit, in the “living stones” of faith including in each other and recognizing those that point the way to Him, such as St. Teresa of Calcutta.
As you reflect on her comments, enjoy some photographs from our 2016 pilgrimage:
“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”
“Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.”
“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”
“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
“If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!
ALL QUOTES BY ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA (as compiled by Catholic Online: https://www.catholic.org/clife/teresa/quotes.php)
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