Saturday, August 9, 2014

Come be my Light~ Mother Teresa


Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta


I wanted this book for the words of Mother Teresa herself, and Come Be My Light is filled with excerpts of her letters and writings. 

There is so much here to recommend this volume. 

She was a woman who willed one thing: God and the poor, a Yes to Jesus. 
She said: "I long to light the light of love in the heart of every creature of God."
Her life was characterized by her desire to "Smile for Jesus."

People the world over will tell you that she showed them a glimpse of Christ's love here on earth, over and over. 
This same soul endured times of such darkness and dryness, that she felt like she was experiencing hell: separation from God Himself. 
Somehow, even this darkness that wrenched her soul did not stop her. 

Her sweetness and sense of humor come through when she wrote to a spiritual advisor, telling him that she followed Jesus like a little dog after his Master, asking him to pray that she be a cheerful little dog. 

She was even able to minister to her sisters through the emptiness, writing: "It often happens that those who spend their time giving light to others, remain in darkness themselves."

And: "I have given Him all, even my sins, and He has espoused me to Himself in tenderness and love." 

So we can read this book and find the pearls of wisdom that she left us, and hopefully we can begin to wear them ourselves. 
We can be reminded why the live of faith is one of beauty and mystery, a luminous, gentle light in a storm-clouded world. 
And most of all we can be amazed at the very Real, very Alive Christ who worked through Mother Teresa in all moments. 

As she wrote: 
"Remember the five fingers- You-did-it-to-Me.
Remember- love begins at home- our community- our family. 
Remember- works of love are works of peace." 

Thank you Blogging for Books for my review copy! 

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