WE NEED to find God in Advent, and He cannot be found in
God is the friend of silence. See how nature grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and sun, how they move in
Is not our mission to give God to the poor? Not a dead God, but
a living, loving God. We need silence to be able to touch
The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us
and through us.
Place on my lips your greatest
Illuminating others around me.
May I preach you with actions more than with words,
with the example of my actions, with the visible light of the love
that comes from you to my heart. Amen.
PRAYER is a recurring word in my vocabulary at Advent. Prayer
feeds the soul. As blood is to the body, prayer is to the soul.
Prayer brings you closer to God.
We want the poor to be loved and feel loved. We cannot go to
them with sad faces. God loves a cheerful giver. He gives most who
gives with joy. Joy is prayer; joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is
a net of love by which you can catch souls. The best way to show
your gratitude to God and the people is to accept everything with
joy. A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with
love. Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you
forget the joy of Christ risen.
These extracts are taken from Mother Teresa on Advent
and Christmas, edited by John Scully (The Columba Press,
£8.50 (CT Bookshop £7.65); 978-1-78218-195-8).