The world today is hungry not only for bread but hungry for love; hungry to be wanted, to be loved. They’re hungry to feel that presence of Christ. In many countries, people have everything except that presence, that understanding. That’s why the life of prayer and sacrifice comes to give that love. Through your dedication, you are to be that presence, that bread of God to break. People are hungry for the Word of God that will give peace, that will give unity, that will give joy. But you cannot give what you don’t have. That’s why it is necessary to deepen your life of prayer. Allow Jesus to take you, pray with you and through you…We are called to love the world. And God loved the world so much that he gave Jesus. Today he loves the world so much that he gives you and he gives me to be his love, his compassion, and that presence, that life of prayer, of sacrifice, of surrender to God…
We have a contemplative house in the South Bronx. A taxi driver refused to take me there. The Sisters did not know I was coming so I had to take a taxi – but he refused to take me there. I said, “But we are living there; our young Sisters are living there.” He said no. I said, “All right, I will sit near you and you will see that nothing will happen to either you or me.” So I got in the taxi and we went. His mouth was open when he saw the young Sisters jumping and laughing, and the people bowing, those who recognized me speaking to me (they were drunk), taking off their hats, and so on. He couldn’t get over it, seeing that presence. This is something very beautiful. - By Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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