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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Image; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385531788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385531788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
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MOTHER TERESA (1910-1997) was born in Skopje (present-day Macedonia), and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin in 1928. She left the Loreto order in 1948 to begin the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. Her service to the poorest of the poor became her life's work. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was beatified in 2003.

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God Is Love
In reply to the question “What or who is God?” Mother Teresa on one occasion said, “God is love and He loves you and we are precious to Him. He called us by our name. We belong to Him. He has created us in His image for greater things. God is love, God is joy, God is light, God is truth.”
This statement encapsulates her belief in God and her experience of Him: God exists and is the Source of all that exists; His very being is love; He has created us in his likeness with spiritual powers of intellect and free will, with the ability to know and to love; He is a Father who loves each of us uniquely, personally, and He ardently desires our happiness. No hardship or suffering, her own or that of her poor, could undermine Mother Teresa’s conviction that God IS love, that all He does or permits is ultimately for some greater good and, therefore, an expression of His immense and unconditional love. St. Augustine wrote at the beginning of his Confessions:
 
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
 
It was Mother Teresa’s conviction that all people “deep down in their heart, believe in God.” There is a longing for God in each of us and though it may not be recognized or consciously expressed as such, the search for joy, for peace, for happiness and above all for love, is a manifestation of this longing. Though the desire, or “hunger” for God, as Mother Teresa expressed it, is implanted in every human heart, entering into a relationship with Him depends largely on our cooperation with His grace. The freedom to cooperate or not is yet another expression of the love and respect that God has for each of His human creatures. He does not force Himself on anyone; He leaves it to our choice. Yet, the response befitting a creature before its Creator, who is infinite love and wisdom ought to be one of love and trust, praise and adoration, recognition and thanksgiving. Loved so greatly by God, each person is called to share that love; as Mother Teresa often affirmed: “We have been created for greater things, to love and to be loved.” To love as God loves, meeting daily with Him through prayer is essential. Without it love dies. Mother Teresa stressed its importance by saying, “What blood is to the body, prayer is to the soul.” But to enter into prayer, silence is necessary, for “in the silence of the heart God speaks.” Her aphorism expressing these truths has become well known:
 
The fruit of silence is prayer;
the fruit of prayer is faith;
the fruit of faith is love;
the fruit of love is service,
the fruit of service is peace.
 
This simple yet profound saying places silence as the point of departure for practical love, peace, and service. As Mother Teresa asserted: “Silence is at the root of our union with God and with one another.” Silence and recollection are the indispensable conditions for prayer. An atmosphere of exterior silence is certainly very helpful, but Mother Teresa, who spent most of her life in large, overcrowded cities, learned to be interiorly silent and recollected in the midst of much noise and activity. She shows us that to practice silence one need not flee from the world and live as a hermit. What is necessary is to learn to quiet the mind and heart to dispose ourselves for prayer.
Prayer permeated Mother Teresa’s day: she started, ended, and filled each day with prayer. Her first words upon rising were addressed to God, and throughout the day she spontaneously spoke to Him of her love and gratitude, her plans, hopes, and desires. As soon as some need or difficulty presented itself, however small and insignificant, she turned to God, making her requests with the trust and the expectation of a child dependent on its father. In addition to daily Holy Mass and the morning and evening Liturgy of the Hours (containing psalms, Scripture reading, and intercessions), traditional prayers such as the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, litanies, and novenas, kept her in continual union with God.
An important time of prayer for Mother Teresa was her daily half-hour meditation on the Sacred Scriptures. Formed in the traditional Ignatian method of meditating on the Word of God, principally the Gospels, Mother Teresa was led to intimate conversation and communion with God. Through this prayerful reading, the Word of God took root within her, inflaming her love, influencing her words, and directing her actions. She also nourished her soul each day with an additional half-hour given over to the reading of the lives and writings of the saints or other ascetical works. To help foster recollection throughout the day, Mother Teresa was in the practice of praying “aspirations”—short prayers that raise one ’s mind and heart to God in the midst of daily activities. These repetitions were a great aid to keeping herself in God’s presence. Through these means, she grew in deep knowledge and love of God and was able to respond to Him and to her brothers and sisters in love. Since “love is of God” [1 Jn 4:7], human love is to be a reflection of and a sharing in divine love, which is entirely selfless and seeks only the good of the other.
True love is selfgiving, self-sacrificing, a “dying to self ” in order to love and serve others, and this was the love that Mother Teresa exemplified. In a culture where “love” is overly identified with feelings rather than an act of the will, with pleasure rather than sacrifice, Mother Teresa’s life and teaching, modeled on that of Christ’s, exemplifies the Christian ideal of love.
In an interview Mother Teresa was once asked, “Can you sum up what love really is?” She promptly replied: “Love is giving. God loved the world so much that He gave His Son. Jesus loved the world so much, loved you, loved me so much that He gave His life. And He wants us to love as He loved. And so now we have also to give until it hurts. True love is a giving and giving until it hurts.”
 
Who Is God?
God is. (2)
God is love. (3)
God is everywhere. (4)
God is the Author of life. (5)
God is a loving Father. (6)
God is a merciful Father. (7)
God is all powerful and He can take care of us. (8)
God is love and God loves you and loves me. (9)
God is joy. (10)
God is purity Himself.
God is with us. (11)
God is in love with us.
God is in your heart. (12)
God is faithful. (13)
God is love, God is joy, God is light, (14)
God is truth. (15)
God is thoughtful.
God is so good to us.

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2 Cf. Ex 3:14.
3 1 Jn 4:8, 4:16.
4 Cf. Ps 139:7-10.
5 Cf. Jn 1:1-4; Acts 3:15.
6 Cf. Mt 6:25-32.
7 Cf. Tob 13:4-6; Eph 2:4.
8 Cf. Wis 11:21; Mt 6:26.
9 Cf. Jn 16:27; 1 Jn 4:16.
10 Cf. Neh 8:10; Jn 17:13.
11 Cf. Mt 1:23.
12 Cf. Rom 10:8.
13 Cf. Dt 7:9; 32:4; 1 Cor 1:9.
14 Jn 8:12; 1 Jn 1:5.
15 Cf. Jn 14:6.
 
God is so generous.
God is so preoccupied with you.
God is a faithful lover.
God is a jealous lover.
God is so wonderful.

When God created us, He created us out of love. There is no other explanation because God is love. And He has created us to love and to be loved. If we could remember that all the time, there would be no wars, no violence, no hatred in the world. So beautiful. So simple.
 
There Must Be a God, Somewhere!
The other day a voluntary worker with long hair . . . was talking to me and he kept on saying, “I don’t believe in God.” So I said to him, “Supposing, just now, as you were talking, you got a heart attack . . . can you stop it?” He got such a surprise that he didn’t say that phrase any more. He was beginning to realize that, in the end, no matter how much we talk, we can’t change the time of our death. A few days later I heard that, after a lot of thought, he was beginning to make the reservation that there must be a God, somewhere!
 
Where There Is Love, There Is God
 One man told me: “I am an atheist,” but he spoke so beautifully about love. Mother told him: “You cannot be an atheist if you speak so beautifully about love. Where there is love, there is God. God is love.”
 
Love, Not in Words
First, God proved to us that He loved us. God loved the world so much that He gave His son Jesus.18 And Jesus loved you, He loved me and He gave Himself on the Cross for us.19 He was not afraid to love us and He loved us until the end.20 He gave up everything that was beautiful and was really like us, a human being. He was like us in everything except sin.  But He loved us tenderly. And to make sure that we understand His love, that we don’t forget that He loved us, He makes Himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one. And He says, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to Me.” and explains to us what to do and how to do it. Before He taught the people, He had pity on the multitude, and He fed them. He made a miracle. He blessed the bread, and He fed five thousand people. It’s because He loved the people. He had pity on them. He saw the hunger in their faces and He fed them. And only then He taught them. And so it is so wonderful to think that you and I, we can love God. But how, where? Where is God?
We believe He is everywhere. We believe that He has made you, and made me, not just to be a number in the world, but He has made us with a purpose. There is a reason for our being here. . . . And that reason is to love. You have been made to love and to be loved. That’s why it is so wrong not to love. And that’s the most beautiful thing that the human being has or can give: Love. Not in words. Because we are human beings [and] w...

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This book took me a very long time to read.
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The same thing that can make you or me great: "small things [done] with great love. In our lives we [are] doing nothing big."
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In this world of stress and hurry, Mother Teresa is a light to remind us that the only important thing in this life is Love.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Medly Mauer on October 28, 2010
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The postulator for the cause of Mother Teresa's canonization, Brian Kolodiejchuk, shocked the religious world in 2007 with his edition of Mother Teresa's first published writings. Come Be My Light showed the unprecedented depths and duration of the future saint's dark night, her longing, tumultuous relationship with God, the unrelenting suffering that inspired her identification with the poorest of the poor, and her complete surrender to God's will.

This latest anthology of Mother Teresa's writings - Where There is Love There is God - shows the outward application of her inner struggle to some of the more fundamental issues of life, such as obedience, poverty, abortion, and holiness. On the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth, Kolodiejchuk has gathered vignettes of her teachings mainly from exhortations to her sisters but also from public speeches and open letters.

As in his first publication, Kolodiejchuk introduces Mother Teresa's writings, but then steps aside to let her speak. The result is a collection of spiritual readings, meant not so much to read and understand as to pray and be the springboard for contemplation. Both this and Mother Teresa's first book should be on every Christian's shelf.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John M. Grondelski on January 14, 2011
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Where There Is Love, There is God
By Mother Teresa, edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C.
Doubleday, 2010
365 pp., $24, HB
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What made Mother Teresa great? The same thing that can make you or me great: "small things [done] with great love. In our lives we [are] doing nothing big." In one sense, that was true. Mother Teresa didn't eradicate poverty--but she fed a hungry child. She didn't eliminate leprosy--but she washed a leper. But, in another sense, we do nothing small: ". . . [F]or God, nothing is small. Once it is offered to Almighty God it becomes infinite."
This book is a compendium of Mother Teresa's insights about life, holiness, the love of God, and being a Missionary of Charity. Those thoughts are contained in a two or three sentences, a paragraph or two at most. Yet in her brevity she captures succinctly the essence of what it means to be a Christian, because she is not recruiting for her order but helping to enable every Christian, in his particular station in life, to find God. "What you are doing, I cannot do, what I'm doing, you cannot do, but together we are doing something beautiful for God." We do those beautiful things when we bring love and its fruit, joy, to those around us. For Mother Teresa, that meant the poor of Calcutta. But the poor and hungry need not be sought in far-off India. "Maybe I have an old father, an old mother, maybe I have a sick child and I have no time. I'm so busy, I've not time. I've no time to smile at others. My crippled daughter, my crippled wife, my sick husband, I have no time and that is Jesus in distressing disguise." The poor you have with you always, perhaps closer than you think.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Stanfield on January 11, 2011
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During a family crisis, when I could not sleep, I would get up and read this book. It calmed me and gently confronted me. It is easy to read, practical, and a helpful meditation on the presence and love of God and our response.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Loarie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2011
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Canadian born Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, PH.D, one of the founding priests of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, director of the Mother Teresa Foundation and postulator for the cause of canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, further explores Mother Teresa's relationship with God in this sequel to his best selling "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light." As with the first book, "Where There Is Love, There Is God" comes from Mother Teresa's own words, but this time from the private lessons to her sisters... not from her private diaries and letters. The lessons are organized around five themes - God Is Love; Jesus; What Prevents Me from Loving; Faith in Action is Love; and Be a Cause for Joy to One Another.

The author's intent with this book is "to impart succinctly what Mother Teresa believed and taught about some of the fundamental issues of human life, particularly relevant in our times." Due to her constant interaction with all people, regardless of position or income level, she was keenly aware of the human condition and the challenges facing the soul of the world today. The lessons provide insight into her holiness and her commitment "not to refuse Him anything" and will serve as an incredible resource for all, particularly those seeking something special for daily meditation.

The secret of abundant light and love that Mother Teresa displayed is the essence of this book. The reader will learn that the secret lies in the depth and intimacy of her relationship to God throughout her heroic life - living the mission of being a "light to those in darkness."

"Each time anyone comes into contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us. We must radiate God's love."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ruthjoec on January 31, 2013
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This book, which I received via the Blogging for Books program, has been on my dresser waiting to be read since before Christmas. Tonight I picked it up and thought I'd start reading a biography of Mother Teresa. I soon found that it wasn't a biography but rather a collection of Mother Teresa's sayings and teachings.

Generally when I write a DNF review, I'm saying a book isn't good enough to finish. Today I'm writing a DNF review because it is going to take me a LONG time to finish this book, not because it is extraordinarily long but because it is extraordinarily full of things on which to reflect. I recommend this book as a prayer aid, as one to be read in small batches as a source for meditation, and that's what I am going to do.

I'm going to leave you with the saying on Mother Teresa's "business card".

The fruit of silence is prayer
The fruit of prayer is faith
The fruit of faith is love
The fruit of love is service
The fruit of service is peace

May the peace of the Lord by always with you.
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