WE ARE MADE TO DREAM AND TO LIVE THOSE DREAMS."

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March is Women's History Month


Mother Teresa


Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
 Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
 Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
 Life is sorrow, overcome it.
 Life is a song, sing it.
 Life is a struggle, accept it.
 Life is a 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.

--A Quote from Mother Teresa





Mother Teresa was an
Albanian Catholic nun with
 Indian citizenship who founded
the Missionaries of Charity
 in Calcutta India in 1950.
 For over 45 years she
ministered to the poor, sick,
orphaned, and dying, while guiding
the Missionaries of Charity's
expansion, first throughout India
and then in other countries.
 Following her death,
 she was beatified by
 Pope John Paul II
and given the title
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.





By the 1970s, she was
 internationally famed as a
humanitarian and advocate
for the poor and helpless.
 She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979
 and India's highest civilian honour,
the Bharat Ratna,in 1980
for her humanitarian work.
 Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity
continued to expand, and at the time
 of her death it was operating
 610 missions in 123 countries,
including hospices and homes for
people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy
and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's
and family counselling programs,
 orphanages, and schools.




Even though Mother Teresa was
praised for the work she accomplished
with the down trodden of this world,
she was also subjected to huge amounts of  
criticism from various groups and organizations
 that were against the focus of her work!
She was against abortion and contraception
and  she believed in the spiritual goodness
of poverty and alleged baptisms of the dying.
Many medical journals also criticised the standard
of medical care in her hospices and concerns
were raised about the opaque nature in which
donated money was spent.






Who could critize such a kind, spiritual woman, 
 who practiced the perfect example of
"unconditional Love" towards everyone she meet?
I now understand why this poem, the
 Paradoxical Commandments by Kent Keith 
 is on a plaque  outside of the orphanage at Calcutta...

People are often unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse
 you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some
 false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.


What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.


If you find serenity and happiness,
 they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.


The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.


Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.


You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.


 "The Paradoxical Commandments" by Kent Keith



****JUSTY MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS***

How many of us throw up our hands and quit
when times get too tough because we
cannot endure the harsh criticism of others? 
The hardest thing in the world,  when you are 
burdened with a heavy load, is to do GOOD anyway!!

When I am down, I am consumed with
only thoughts of myself and my suffering! 
 It has been a struggle my whole life 
NOT to let my thoughts gain complete
control over my emotions! Slowly,
 I  discovered that the more you do for others--
the more you do for yourself! 

 This past year, if it had not been
 for this blog and all of the wonderful
people who contact  me daily with so many
 kind words, I might have drown in my
own misery!  But... I knew that it would
be of no benefit no anyone if I gave
 in to that kind of thinking, so
 here I am making altered art,
 blogging, and enjoying life everyday!!!! 
Yes , I battle depression on a daily
basis but I also have a beautiful family
with four healthy children and a
 wonderful loving husband! 
Plus, a  Heavenly Father who does give
 me relief from my "dark days"!
 Hey, I'm no saint...but all I can do
 is try to give it my best!  Right?
*****************





 I am sure  that Mother Teresa could
 have let the horrible contentions of other
people get in her way of what she
strongly felt she was lead by God
 to do for others!  She could have
given in to the persecution,
depression, and  frustrations she  felt
 daily  but she didn't...she got up every
morning and left "self at the doorstep"
and extended her hands out
to anyone who was in need ! 



A letter that Mother teresa wrote
 to  Father Gerard Rogowski



I've been told that death, disease,
and poverty smells...
it isn't pleasant...
it's something we all avoid! 
 But this tiny, little  woman
went into the dirty streets of Calcutta,
 in search of death, Leprosy, Aids, T.B.,
orphans, drug addicts, and alcoholics.



Statue of Mother Teresa in her hometown of Albania



How many  streets in  other countries
did she walk through filth 
to "seek and to find" the ones
she knew that needed
her care and God's love!
  Her strength  and courage amaze ]
me, and yet,  at the same time,
make me ashamed of what little I
actually do for others. 



A Statue of Mother Teresa in Mexico


She has been quoted as saying:
"If you cannot feed a million
 people, then feed just one!"
I'm going to keep that in mind!



Memorial Plaque  to Mother Teresa


***Quotes***

Spread love everywhere you go;
first of all in your house.
Give love to your children,
to your wife or husband,
to a next door neighbor.
 Let no one ever come to you without
better and happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness;
kindness in your face,
 kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile.

Our Lord wants me to be a free nun
covered with the poverty of the cross.
Today I learned a good lesson.
The poverty of the poor must be so
hard for them. While looking for a home
I walked and walked till my arms
and legs ached. I thought how much they
 must ache in body and soul,
looking for a home, food and health.


I was to leave the convent and help
the poor while living among them.
It was an order. To fail would have been
to break the faith.


Kind words are short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.

 
We can do no great things;
only small things with great love.


We need to find God,
and he cannot be found in
noise and restlessness.
 God is the friend of silence.
See how nature -
trees, flowers, grass -
grows in silence;
see the stars,
the moon and the sun,
how they move in silence…
We need silence to be
 able to touch souls.


We, the unwilling,
led by the unknowing,
are doing the impossible
for the ungrateful.
We have done so much,
for so long,
with so little,
we are now qualified
to do anything
with nothing.


***Credit***

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