When we are stressed or feel overly burdened in life it’s usually because we’ve gotten our priorities out of order. Here are 7 of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes that will help. When read in this order, they are guaranteed to bring order and peace back to your life. Give them a try.
Step 1: Slow down. “I think the world today is upside down. Everybody seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches and so on. There is much suffering because there is so very little love in homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each other. In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.” Step 2: Make some room. “If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.” Step 3: Open your eyes. “Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.” Step 4: Put great love into the small things. “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” Step 5: Do not tire. “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” Step 6: Remember – it’s faithfulness, not success. “God doesn’t ask that we succeed in everything, but that we are faithful. However beautiful our work may be, let us not become attached to it. Always remain prepared to give it up, without losing your peace.” Step 7: Leave the rest to Jesus. “Be humble and you will never be disturbed. It is very difficult in practice because we all want to see the result of our work. Leave it to Jesus.” + Br. Philip Allen, CFR Yonkers, NY ------------------------------------------ We need your help! Donate here
Why they use the palms from Palm Sunday to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday - a meditation.
I was recently visiting the route which Jesus took when he rode into Jerusalem which we commemorate every Palm (Passion) Sunday. That was a strange day uncharacteristic of what Jesus had been doing. There were several times before when he avoided the attempts of a crowd at making him King. He had told the demons to keep silent about who he was. He was hesitant to accept the accolades.
His riding into Jerusalem on a donkey amidst the palm branch waving crowd was filled with Old Testament allusions. The people would have been thinking of Jesus as the Messiah who is, like Solomon before, a new Son of David, thus fulfilling all of the prophecies.
Those palms could represent the false notions that the people had concerning the Messiah. They were hoping for a political and military leader who would liberate them from the oppressive yolk of Rome. Those false ideas died with Jesus on the cross.
How appropriate that those palms become the ashes of Ash Wednesday. Ever a sign of repentance (see Daniel 9; Jonah 3; Job 42) those ashes used to mark foreheads with crosses have a deep meaning. Just as the crowd in Jerusalem, each one of us need to be purified of false ideas, false hopes from politics and false images of how God saves. In 1 Cor 3 St. Paul teaches that the fire of God's love will purify the dross out of our lives. Lent is a great time for a deeper conversion.
+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
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Like a candy bar, king-size of course, I share the love of God with a neighbor girl, her twin sister and their friend. I divide it into fourths—more like thirds and a bit. I take the bit because it's good to eat with your guests and leave them the fuller share because their eager grins and needful eyes demand it. We sit on the stoop shoulder to shoulder to shoulder to torso and devour the chocolate treat. Passing us by in the street, teenagers are deaf to my greetings, blind to the girls giggling, dumb to any offer of a candy bar. But the girls can't sit still for long and they're up bouncing around like spinning tops asking about the scar on my head or the hair on my arms or my habit—why you dress like that? Is you really a father? Do you have any soder to drink? They carry with them an innocence, a joyfulness that I know will flee from them in a few years when I, seated with another set of kids, will watch them pass us by too cool to talk to the monk, but that can’t stop me from grabbing the soder and some plastic cups.
The girls will come back tomorrow and the next day and the day following that, and I know that one of these days one of them will take the candy bar, and instead of devouring it thoughtlessly, she will put it in her pocket, take it home and cherish it later. And that little bit of love, that memory, will always be one small string in her heart that Jesus will be able to pluck down the road as he wishes. + Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR Paterson, NJ --------------------------------- We need your help! Donate here