“ANYWAY”

A prayer by Mother Teresa (Inscribed on a wall at a children’s home in Calcutta, India.)

“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 honest and frank, people may cheat you.  Be honest and frank anyway.

When 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.” 

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje*, Macedonia, on August 26th, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months’ training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence, and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and financial support was also forthcoming. This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work.

On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, “The Missionaries of Charity”, whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI.

Mother Teresa’s work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972). She also received the Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.

Mother Teresa died on September 1997.

From Nobel Lectures, Peace 1971-1980, Editor-in-Charge Tore Frängsmyr, Editor Irwin Abrams, World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1997

There are all sort of hindrances to being a Christian, but be a Christian anyway.

4 Responses to ““ANYWAY””

  1. Thank you Max for continuing to get out these devotionals.
    I know you put so much thought and time in each one you send out, I know too that many are blessed from reading them as I am each week.,

    Love and Prayers Joann

  2. Thanks for the encouraging words. Mother Teresa has made such an impact on the world. And she died around the same time that Princess Diana died and yet she didn’t get anywhere near the recognition and coverage that Diana did. Our world is upside down!

  3. I always enjoy hearing about you and Joann’s life together. Then I didn’t know the sayings of Mother Theresa and her history. I enjoy the happenings of people and their lives, especially when it concerns Christ. As to your devotional book, I read a story each day with my Bible readiong. I am almost through it, so I plan to start over when I’m finished. The stories are so interesting. Some I have heard, still they are worth reading again and again. Tonight I won’t be able to sleep after spending the day from 7:30 this morning untill 4:15 with God’s people in God’s house. God Bless you as you serve Him.

  4. Amen and Amen!

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