“There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, and for thoughtfulness. This is the greatest poverty of all.”
1st- I think God wants to show His greatness by my nothingness
This is certainly a different way of living than what our culture prioritizes, isn’t it. We are always running around trying to get that promotion. “pulling ourselves up by our boot straps”. Is Mother Teresa telling us to leave everything for God and do nothing? I don’t think so. I think she is saying, give God all your skills, talents, strengths, weaknesses, and worries to Him, so that every thing you have is His. Discern pray, and talk with people whose spiritual wisdom you respect, and then go out “into the vineyard.”
2nd- Poverty for us is freedom
Has all our material things brought us freedom? I don’t think so. In fact I think they have trapped us. We begin to think that we can’t survive without our computer, car or any other modern convenience. We become attached to them. I am not saying we dispose of these, but to be aware that the only attachment to focus on is God. Being connected to Him.
3rd ‘”The pencil has to only be allowed to be used.
This can be a difficult quote to understand. I believe Mother Teresa is telling us that she see’s herself as a pencil with God using her to do his work. That she is surrendering all of her will to Him. How can we follow Mother Teresa is this spiritual practice?
4th ‘” We need a clean heart to see God.
When we are so consumed with our thoughts and feelings regarding fear, frustration, anger, hurt, etc. we are unable to experience and see God in ourselves, others, or nature.
5th ‘” I just take one day. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today to love Jesus.
If you are like me, it is hard to focus on just today. It is so easy to get caught up in the details in yesterday and tomorrow that we forget today. Maybe we can try and just think about it and the person we are talking with today.
6th-It is His work. I think God wants to show His greatness by using nothingness.
Sometimes we think that this is my project or my job. Mother Teresa is telling us it is not only our job. Whenever you are helping others, or giving Gods love in some way, it is not your gifts you are using. It is not your love. It is the gifts God has given you and the love God has shown you so you can give it away to others.
7th ‘” I want to give Jesus to all.
What do we want to give Jesus today? How do we go about giving Jesus to everyone?
8th ‘” He gave up everything to do his fathers will.
Jesus was obedient to God even as he died on the cross. What can we do today to follow Jesus? Maybe eliminate negative thoughts about someone or prejudice against someone?
9th ‘” I am a little pencil in His hand.
What a beautiful way to surrender ourselves to God. The pencil has a job. It writes, but can do nothing unless it is someone’s hand. Mother Teresa sees her self and ministries in God’s hand. Can we do that today?
10th ‘” I don’t know what God is doing. He knows.
Sometimes it is very hard to understand certain situations and our feelings .Mother Teresa seems to give all those feelings and questions to God. She realizes He is the only one who sees’s the whole picture and has all wisdom. Is there an experience you have that you can give to Jesus?
11th ‘” People do not respond because of me but because what we are doing.
If Mother Teresa just talked about God, never showing Gods love to people or lived their faith no one would notice or respond so strongly to her and her sisters. Do we live what we believe?
12th ‘” We must make a catholic become a better catholic.
Could someone look at us as go about our duties (whatever they may be) today and say “there is a Christian.”
13th ‘” If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise or disgrace because you know who you are.
Many times we are worried about how others see us and become depressed when something doesn’t go well and very proud if we succeed. We may forget that if we succeeded it is because of our gifts given to us by God. It is fine to feel good about achievements as long as we realize that everything we are is from God. You might want to reflect on who you are beneath the service.
14th ‘” Numbers have nothing to do with it.
At work sometimes numbers seem to be very important. How many people we helped, how many have succeeded, etc. Mother Teresa reminds that each person is a child of God and not just a number.
15th- We do not understand, but one thing I am sure. He doesn’t make a mistake.
We might not understand why a project we are working on failed or why a bad situation happened. However, if God is in the situation it may eventually turn out better than we expected.
16th ‘”We must be willing to give up everything to do God’s will.
We can get caught with our own plans and dreams and forgetting to take them to God in prayer, or listen to how God is calling us to follow this plan. Sometimes it helps to have a spiritual advisor. If you like you can take your ideas and dreams to God. Tell Him this is what I think I am called upon to do, and I will do my best, but I place all of my plans in your loving arms to do with as you wish.
17th ‘” Jesus is my everything.
Can we look a close look at ourselves and say this? If so, is this how we live our life?
18th ‘”I am a little pencil in God’s hands. He does the writing.
What a wonderful image of surrender. How do you let God do the writing in your life?
19th- Give yourself fully to God.
We strive to be so connected to God that we can say to God, let my life be given to you today. Let whatever I say and do be a reflection of You. Can we do that for today?
20th ‘”He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love that you own weakness.
Mother Teresa is reminding us that God is the important one. Only through God can we proclaim His love to the world. Only through God.
21st ‘” Poverty for us is freedom.
Sometimes we become so concerned with the material things in life; we purchase items leading us to a faster pace. We dream perhaps of a car with more amenities and we forget our relationship with Jesus. Today let us focus on the freedom of surrendering ourselves to God and not focus on what materials things.
22nd- Love to be true has to hurt.
We try many things to try to stop ourselves from feeling grief or emotional pain. It could be drinking alcohol, working hard and long hours, drugs, etc.Mother Teresa is reminding us if we experience these feelings, we must work through them. Only then can we have resurrection.
23rd- We must accept each other as brothers and sisters, children of God.
This can be difficult when someone has hurt us or there is someone hard to get along with. But they are also sisters and brothers. How does that change the way you see people you find it difficult to love?
24th-Prayer makes your heart bigger until it is capable of containing the gift of Jesus himself.
What a beautiful image Mother Teresa is giving us. When we are able to empty ourselves of daily worries, feelings, thoughts, and open our hearts, we find Jesus. Jesus is then able to replace of all those distractions from loving. Today can we try and practice that?
25th-He gave His son.
God gave His son for us. How can we give thanks to God today?
26th-Jesus is my all in all.
This is a wonderful surrender prayer. It is giving all to Jesus. Can we with a willing and courageous heart, say this to Jesus?
27th- How can I love myself unless I accept myself as God made me.
What a wonderful quote to reflect upon today. To look at ourselves honestly but with love. We all have weaknesses and strengths. Maybe today you could write them down with love.
28th-So many young people give up everything to come and touch the poor.
Again this is not in accord with many of our cultural desires and practices. We want a better car, home office, a promotion, ect.When we empty ourselves to Jesus we have a strong desire to help others. It is so encouraging that many young people are following Jesus. How can you touch someone who is poor today? Not just financially poor but poor in other ways also.
29th- To imitate Jesus is the key to be meek and humble of heart.
How did Jesus treat people? How did he teach to be obedient to God? Today might be good day to read a parable from the Bible in regard these questions. See how you can live today by imitating Jesus.
30th- When Mother Teresa was asked are you nothingness she responded, I am sure of that.
When you are nothingness Jesus has enough room to fill your heart and soul. If we think only of our own agendas and worries, there is not much room for Jesus. How can we make room in our hears for Jesus today?