Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa, Saint of Calcutta, spent her life in service to the poor, needy and dying. She was especially dedicated to children and their care. As we begin September and the new school year, it is good to pause and remember all children who start a new chapter in their young lives filled with positive expectations and creative imaginations. The quotes below are from Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and the reflections are offered in a prayerful, hopeful way.

"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." Dear God, Love is not always easy. Bless our family so that all we say and do starts and ends with Love. Guide our hearts and minds so that we always place the needs of our family first, and that Love permeates all of our intentions.

"Whatever you do for your family, your children, your husband, your wife, you do for God. All we do, our prayers, our work, our suffering, is for Jesus." Loving Mother Mary, enlighten our path so that we see the true meaning behind all of our challenges and know that your son, Jesus, is with us in everything we do and accomplish.

"It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. Bring love into your home, for this is where our love for each other must start." Come, Spirit of God, and inspire us to embrace Love as a verb: kind, merciful, forgiving, giving, compassionate, understanding, accepting, embracing and empowering. 

"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… But how much love we put in that action." Sweet and gentle Jesus, help us to remember that every little deed we do for our family is an act of love for them and God. No task is too small, and our Love in each of those small gifts of service can overcome any obstacle.  Amen.

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