Words of Wisdom

09-04-2016Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

On this day when Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is canonized we should remember some of the spiritual wisdom she taught us. So for this Sunday let us just pause and savor the joy of the moment and remember how much one person in the name of Christ can challenge the world and spread love on every continent. (Next week I’ll write about the political landscape but you’ll need to be buoyed by hope to hear my take on things. So memorize a few of these wonderful words from Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta!)

" Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness."

" We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."

" We can do no great things, only small things with great love."

" There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone's house. That says enough."

" The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved."

" The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between."

" It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."

" Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."

" One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody."

" Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given."

" We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing."

" Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

" I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world."

" Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."

" I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."

" In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love."

Fr. John B.