Mother Teresa continues to rock my comfortable little world.
“We know what poverty means, first of all, to be hungry for bread, to need clothing, and to not have a home.”
“But there is a far greater kind of poverty. It means being unwanted, unloved, and neglected. It means having no one to call your own.”
“Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection? Where is your elderly father or mother?”
“Abandonment is an awful poverty.”
Gosh, think about it… the elderly and senile in nursing homes; the prisoners in jail; the lonely teenager in high school; and the list goes on…. There are all kinds of people living in poverty, emotionally abandoned, and void of love and affirmation, and we bump into them every day.
While we don’t see breadless poverty a lot… we do see friendless poverty most every day.
God help us to serve those without love in this world.
Help us to share the love of God in tangible, life-changing ways.
Help us to breathe the love of God into breathless lives… just like you have done for us.
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