Last Week Of Advent

Reflections with Mother Teresa

Judges 13:2–7, 24–25a; Luke 1:5–25
“His ways are so beautiful—to think that we have God almighty to stoop so low as to love you and me and make use of us—and make us feel that He really needs us—as I grow older my wonder at His humility grows….” ~ Mother Teresa

Isaiah 7:10–14; Luke 1:26–38
“Please pray for me that I may have the courage to complete my Sacrifice as He has given me the inspiration and Grace to begin...I have very little courage—but I trust Him blindly, in spite of all feelings.” ~ Mother Teresa

Song of Songs 2:8–14; Luke 1:39–45
“Every Sunday I visit the poor in Calcutta’s slums. I cannot help them, because I do not have anything, but I go to give them joy....O God how easily I make them happy! Give me strength to be always the light of their lives and so lead them to You!” ~ Mother Teresa

1 Samuel 1:24–28; Luke 1:46–56
“My soul at present is in perfect peace and joy.” ~ Mother Teresa

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Luke 1:57-66
“We need to tell the poor that they are somebody to us, that they, too, have been created, by the same loving hand of God, to love and be loved.” ~ Mother Teresa

2 Samuel 7:1–5, 8b–12, 14a, 16; Luke 1:67–79
“There is in my heart a very deep union with the will of God. I accept not in my feelings—but with my will, the Will of God....The hardest to bear—is this terrible longing for God.” ~ Mother Teresa

~Day by Day Through Advent With Mother Teresa


"Let us pray that we shall be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas not in the cold manger of a selfish heart, but in a heart full of love, compassion, joy and peace, a heart warm with love for one another." ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta


Let us now turn our gaze again to Mary and Joseph who were awaiting the birth of Jesus and learn from them the secret of reflection in order to taste the joy of Christmas. Let us prepare ourselves to welcome with faith the Redeemer who
comes to be with us, the Word of God’s love for humanity of every epoch.
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus December 21, 2008


JOY is the true gift of Christmas, not expensive presents that demand time and money. We can transmit this joy simply:
with a smile, with a kind gesture, with some small help, with forgiveness.
Let us give this joy and the joy given will be returned to us. ~ Pope Benedict XVI, Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent December 18, 2005


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