Friday, November 27, 2015

Nov. 27, 2015 Friday: 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Nov. 27, 2015 Friday: 34th Week in Ordinary Time

“ Yesterday is gone; tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. ” -Mother Teresa

The Power of Grace

We turn now to look at how Mother Teresa became the person she was, and how the process of her transformation, born of her encounter on the train to Darjeeling, holds the same life-changing promise for us. She was always convinced of this that the same light which led through her own darkness would, of its own power, illumine and transform all those who opened themselves to it.

When we think of emulating Mother Teresa, we should not focus on how far we are from the goal of goodness and godliness that she represents. Rather, we should remember that Mother Teresa’s transformation was not due to some inborn human attributes. They were due, almost entirely, to the power of the grace she received a grace that she constantly invited her Sisters, and the rest of us, to share in. The fact that Mother Teresa was not born the same person she became, not already imbued with the qualities for which she would became famous, means that the rest of us, too, have hope to change and improve. No matter our present foibles or lack of human qualities, we can all hope to arrive at deeper intimacy with God and deeper care for our neighbor; to live more generously and wholeheartedly, even in the midst of our own trials, and to make a difference with our life; to leave a legacy.

Fr. Joseph Langford
Mother Teresa's Secret Fire