This inspiring book brings us the words of the twentieth century's most visible saint. Mother Teresa, armed with her faith and the spiritual practices of attention, compassion, and hope, created a religious order that has spread to 100 countries. She characterizes her work in the phrase, "I am but a pencil in the hands of God." As bestselling author Thomas Moore notes in his foreword, this Christian "stops to care precisely for those whom the world in general neglects" — the destitute elderly, poor orphaned children, lepers, and the dying.
Here are Mother Teresa's thoughts on prayer, love, giving, being holy, work and service, forgiveness, suffering and death, and much more. For example: "We do not need to carry out grand things in order to show a great love for God and for our neighbor. It is the intensity of love we put into our gestures that makes them into something beautiful for God." And on prayer, Mother Teresa says, "Prayer is in all things, in all gestures."
The Commemorative Edition of the book includes a biographical sketch of her life and Pope John Paul II's homily from the Beatification Mass for Mother Teresa in October 20003. He concludes:
"Let us praise this little woman enamored of God, humble messenger of the Gospel and tireless benefactor of humanity. We honor in her one of the most outstanding personalities of our time. Let us accept her message and follow her example."