Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Book Review)

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I got this book for free at one of our local parish, St. Bonaventure during the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God. To be honest, I never liked reading biographies, because they simply do not interest me. I would only read biographies when I am doing a paper on that specific individual (which by the way I just really skim through). As one of the parish volunteers handed me the Mother Teresa book, I knew it will either become part of my pile on “want-to-read-books-but-don’t-have-time” bookshelf or simply the “donate-pile” books. Don’t get me wrong, I admire Mother Teresa and the work she had done. I admire her life, her ministry and her charity… I just rather prefer not to read about them, and just watch documentaries instead.

My perception changed as soon as I started reading the book, her character, her humility, and her kindness intrigued me. Father Maasburg’s preface about her caught my attention and I started reading… reading until I did not realize I could not put the book down. Her character is amusing and very interesting to read. The things she says are so genuine that the people she encounters truly sees Jesus within her.

Matthew Kelly once said, “Immerse yourself in things that make you the best version of yourself.” I can truly say that this book left me being the best version of myself, because it taught me to love, to see, and to look at others like Jesus.

Mother Teresa never made herself the center of attention. But when she was put in the spotlight by others–after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979–that was practically a perpetual state. She used the opportunity to point attention away from herself and toward Christ. (p. x)”

#BestLentEver – Day 40. Black Saturday.

As we anticipate Jesus’ Resurrection, we now reflect on our Lenten journey. How has yours been? I have been blessed to journey with Dynamic Catholic on their program #BestLentEver. I have never been consistent in my writings and reflections and joining the program day-by-day throughout Lent had taught me a lot of things about myself and my faith. I have a lot to work on (I probably mentioned this multiple times throughout the season), however I know there are many more ways I can do to improve on myself–mainly to become a better-version-of-myself.

My life had been crazy busy with the ups-and-downs that life had thrown at me. It had been a hectic season of Lent both spiritually and physically. In all honestly, it had been difficult. There are times when I just did not have the time! I will find myself blogging in bathrooms, airplane, parks, buses, etc. It had been a great experience and I feel like the nudge from the Holy Spirit everyday had helped me get through it. Enough of my experience…

As we come tonight in Easter Vigil, we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection and become witnesses of His great love for us. As I reflect on the reflection of the day, Matthew Kelly urges us to be present in the Gospel, most especially before, during, and after the Passion. If you were one of the disciples during His time, what would you have felt? Series of emotions and thoughts must have been whirling through their minds and it can get a little overwhelming. I can’t blame Peter for denying, Thomas for doubting, scared disciples for hiding… they all were acting rationally based on what they were feeling. Most of the time, we are the same. We act based on what we feel rather than what we know or believe.

Jesus, all powerful and loving, had helped us overcome this great mystery–mystery of our faith and his great revelation of His unconditional love for us. May we always be reminded, not just during Lent, to live and remember the Lord through His Passion.

I wish all of you a Happy Easter! Thanks for joining me on my journey of faith throughout this season of Lent.

Please continue to pray for me and pray for the world.

 

#BestLentEver – Day 39. Good Friday.

I have gotten fond of Mother Teresa of Calcutta when I read a book about her written by Fr. Leo Maasburg. Her story had reminded me so much of Jesus’ ministry and her dedication and passion portray and reflect Jesus’ Gospel message, “Whatever you did to the least of these, You did to me.”

When I first learned of her ministry and the message or “slogan” they lived by, it resonated with me just as much as Jesus hanging on the cross had an effect on me. Mother Teresa lived by Jesus’ words, “I thirst.” His last few words before His dying breath had become so meaningful to me because of how she had put meaning to it.

Mother Teresa said that Jesus’ Passion–Him hanging on the cross and Him saying, “I thirst” is not just so He could fulfill the scripture, but also because He Himself thirsts for our love. He thirsts for us. He thirsts for us to all be saved.

This Good Friday, today, may we be reminded once again of Jesus’ sacrifice, Jesus’ love, and Jesus Himself, the saviour and the lover.

PFM. PFW.

#BestLentEver – Day 38. Holy Thursday.

This is it. We are almost at the end of the road of another great season of Lent. Today we observe Holy Thursday, where Jesus washes the feet of the apostles and the Last Supper–before Jesus fulfills the scriptures. Today, we come before the Lord to join Him in prayer and thanksgiving, with reverence and awe, with our naked selves to witness His astonishing revelation and last great miracle–saving us all by dying on the Cross.

We need to reflect on some of the things that happened during this season. What were the things that we could have improved on? What were the things that made us fully aware that we were children of God? We need to realize that this season is not just to bring us back to the Lord, but also bringing others back to the Lord in the way we have served Him.

What were the things that struck me the most this season of Lent?

I am thankful for my faith and I am thankful for what Jesus had done for us. Many people in the world are blinded by this fact, and although it is sad and discouraging to live out your faith, we must always share it with one another in our actions and in our words.

Holy Thursday.

I am not worthy for Jesus to wash my feet, but His example has been the focus of my journey this Lent. “What you did for the least of these, you did to Me.”

I hope and pray that there will come a time that I will serve the Lord wholeheartedly through what I am doing everyday. I need to strive to become a better version of myself.

Pray for me. Pray for the world.

#BestLentEver – Day 36. Blessed.

“I’m not lucky. I’m blessed.”

One of the major things we take for granted is our faith itself–faith in God and trusting in His plans. It is easy for us to rely on ourselves when it comes to our daily lives and our future. We forget that there is God who cares for us. All the things that happen in our lives is because of Him. When life gets a little bit too much, it becomes so easy for us to get discourage and give up. Instead, we try to look for other things to satisfy our discouragement or weakness.

What am I most grateful for today?

…is the question that we have long been forgotten. We forget why we’re thankful and the little blessings we receive each day. We focus too much on the big surprises that God throws at us, when He especially makes Himself known by the little blessings He pours upon us. We have become an ignorant ungrateful.

Gratitude is a powerful way to overcome discouragement and weaknesses we might feel in our lives. It is time to start thinking about the little blessings, because being thankful is another way of acknowledging that there is a God who cares, who loves, and who looks after us.

Teach me to be more grateful.

PFM. PFW.