“In these times of development, the whole world runs and is hurried. But there are some who fall down on the way and have no strength to go ahead. These are the ones we must care about.” – Mother Teresa
The powerfully beautiful and beautifully powerful quote above is just one of the gems from Mother Teresa found in In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers. I was sent a copy of the book to review on Self Help Daily and it’s my honor to do so.
Mother Teresa’s name and image will forever be associated with her kindness, gentleness, and compassion. Her selfless work with the “poorest of the poor” should be an inspiration to all of us. In the Heart of the World is filled with her eloquent wisdom, motivation, and inspirational teachings. Below are just a few precious examples:
Be kind in your actions. Do not think that you are the only one who can do efficient work, work worth showing. This makes you harsh in your judgment of others who may not have the same talents. Do your best and trust that others do their best. And be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength shines.
We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally. To be alone with him – not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything – to dwell lovingly in his presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find agitation.
If we were more willing to see the good and beautiful things that surround us, we would be able to transform our families. From there, we would change our next-door neighbors and then others who live in our neighborhood or city. We would be able to bring peace and love to our world, which hungers so much for these things.
In the Heart of the World is a highly inspirational book that leaves an impact upon its lucky reader. It would make an excellent gift for a high school or college graduate. Actually, I can’t think of anyone this book wouldn’t be an ideal gift for.
As I read this book, I lost myself in the beauty that was and is Mother Teresa. Reading her words was so incredibly peaceful and relaxing – yet, at the same time, an unrest crept up inside of me and stirred around. I realized that there is far more that I can and should do to help others in the world who are far less fortunate. While on the early pages, I kept thinking, “What the world needs right now is another Mother Teresa.” But, as I approached the final pages, I thought, “What the world needs right now if for more men and women to start caring more about people and less about possessions. It needs more hearts that are broken for the suffering of others. And more people refusing to look the other way.”
We don’t need another Mother Teresa as much as we need to be touched by the lady who DID walk amongst us.
“I must be willing to give whatever it takes to do good to others. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.” – Mother Teresa