This is something that Mother Teresa said before her death which is very thought
provoking and inspiring.
"When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of
rice, a piece of bread. But a person who is shut out, who feels
unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out of
society - that spiritual poverty is much harder to overcome. Those
who are materially poor can be very wonderful people. One evening we
went out and we picked up four people from the street. And one of them
was in a most terrible condition. I told the Sisters:
"You take care of the other three; I will take care of the one who
So I did for her all that my love can do. I put her in bed, and there
was such a beautiful smile on her face. She took hold of my hand, as
she said one word only: "Thank you" - and she died.
I could not help but examine my conscience before her. And I asked:
"What would I say if I were in her place?" And my answer was very
simple. I would have tried to draw a little attention to myself. I
would have said: "I am hungry, I am dying, I am cold, I am in pain," or
something. But she gave me much more - she gave me her grateful love.
And she died with a smile on her face.
Then there was the man we picked up from the drain, half eaten by
worms and, after we had brought him to the home, he only said, "I have
lived like an animal in the street, but I am going to die as an angel,
loved and cared for." Then, after we had removed all the worms from his
body, all he said, with a big smile, was: "Sister, I am going home to
God" - and he died. It was so wonderful to see the greatness of that
man who could speak like that without blaming anybody, without
comparing anything. Like an angel - this is the greatness of people
who are spiritually rich even when they are materially poor....
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realise it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is costly, care for it.
Life is wealth, keep it.
Life is love, enjoy it.
Life is mystery, know it.
Life is a promise, fulfills it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."
By - Mother Teresa
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