Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Love means loving the unlovable, or it is no virtue at all."
In light of what happened at Virginia Tech yesterday, this quote takes on more significance. I have wanted to share this prayer that Mother Teresa said daily ... today seems like a good day.
"Dearest Lord, may I see you today and every day in the person of your sick, and, whilst nursing them, minister unto you. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you and say: 'Jesus, my patient, how sweet it is to serve you.'
Lord, give me this seeing faith, then my work will never be monotonous. I will ever find joy in humoring the fancies and gratifying the wishes of all poor sufferers.
O beloved sick, how doubly dear you are to me, when you personify Christ; and what a privilege is mine to be allowed to tend you.
Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation, and it's many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
And, O God while you are Jesus, my patient, deign also to be to me a patient Jesus, bearing with my faults, looking only to my intention, which is to love and serve you in the person of each of your sick ... Amen."


Amy said...

Amen...Thanks for that!

Amanda said...

That is really beautiful. I struggle trying to see the face of Christ in the drug addicts, drunks and homeless people I see everyday on the streets of Madrid. Mother Teresa is my hero.

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Amanda said...

Oops. Okay, one more comment: What is the best book written by or about Mother Teresa? I'd like to read it...maybe some type of biography? I will post this question on my blog, too.