MARY, OUR MOTHER

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

From the Friars eLetter: 7 Steps to a Holier Life – by Mother Teresa


When we are stressed or feel overly burdened in life it’s usually
because we’ve gotten our priorities out of order. Here are 7 of my
favorite Mother Teresa quotes that will help. When read in this order,
they are guaranteed to bring order and peace back to your life. Give them
a try.

Step 1: Slow down.
“I think the world today is upside down. Everybody seems to be in such a
terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches and so
on. There is much suffering because there is so very little love in homes
and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for
each other; there is no time to enjoy each other. In the home begins the
disruption of the peace of the world.”


Step 2: Make some room.
“If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust
in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your
intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because
God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.”


Step 3: Open your eyes.
“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”


Step 4: Put great love into the small things.
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things
with great love.”


Step 5: Do not tire.
“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be
extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”


Step 6: Remember – it’s faithfulness, not success.
“God doesn’t ask that we succeed in everything, but that we are
faithful. However beautiful our work may be, let us not become attached to
it. Always remain prepared to give it up, without losing your peace.”


Step 7: Leave the rest to Jesus.
“Be humble and you will never be disturbed. It is very difficult in
practice because we all want to see the result of our work. Leave it to
Jesus.”


+ Br. Philip Allen, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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