“Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.”

>> Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta lived her life to satiate the thirst of Jesus on the Cross. In serving the poorest of the poor, she wholeheartedly lived the message in the Gospel of Matthew 25:40, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.” Because she did, each person she encountered was Jesus to her. She served Jesus within everyone whom God put within her reach from the ones she rescued from the gutters of Calcutta, India to Bl. Pope John Paul II. To do this, she fueled herself with a deep prayer life grounded in the sacraments.

In every chapel in her convents all around the world, two simple yet poignant words have been painted on the wall beside the tabernacle: “I Thirst.” Mother Teresa wanted to remind everyone who entered that Jesus thirsts for our love and wants us to thirst for His as well.

Below is my recent interview with Fr. Benedict Groeschel on EWTN’s “Sunday Night Prime” in which we converse about “Mother Teresa, Our Friend” since we both knew her. During our conversation I share some of my experiences in knowing Mother Teresa. The lessons of love I learned from knowing Blessed Mother Teresa for about ten years are ones I strive to share with others through my books, talks, radio and television shows.

Fr. Benedict Groeschel , C.F.R.was kind enough to recommend my new book, Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa. He said, "Can you imagine spending Lent with Mother Teresa? A chance of a lifetime! Donna-Marie's book will do that exactly for you. Enjoy!"

It’s ONLY $2.50 (plus shipping and handling) and available autographed from my website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com
Description from the publisher: Popular author and EWTN host Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle presents a daily devotional companion for families with young children. She illustrates how to bring Lent home, doing "small things with great love" under the guidance of the Blessed Mother Teresa, with whom she enjoyed a close friendship.

While many Lenten reflection booklets are designed for individuals or small groups, this one is formatted specifically for families and draws on the wisdom of Blessed Mother Teresa. This daily guide shows parents and children alike how to put her words into practice with practical suggestions on how to live the threefold call of Lent: to fast, pray, and care the poor. Each Sunday's focus is drawn from the themes assigned to that Sunday of Lent and a project for the week ahead is suggested. Usable during all three Catholic lectionary cycles.

Have a beautiful grace-filled Lenten journey! May we strive to follow dear Blessed Mother Teresa's way of serving Jesus in everyone we meet. That means everyone--the ones who contradict your Christianity, the ones who cut you off in traffic, the sometimes grouchy spouse, the children who are acting up--all of them. They all need our Lord's love coming through you to them.

God bless!


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