Last night I was reading the excellent book Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire by Joseph Langford, and I came across this inspiring passage that I thought I’d share:
[Her letters] show a Mother Teresa not unlike the rest of us, as we struggle to answer the promptings of grace that nudge us beyond ourselves. Unfortunately, when faced with new challenges our first response is often negative, as we listen instead to the voice that insists we cannot change.
As she, when faced with God’s unexpected invitations, we find ourselves held back by fear, fatigue, tepidity, and a reluctance to take on new challenges. And we pull back. Mother Teresa shows us, though, that despite our struggles it is never too change, to grow, to say yes to the God who calls — if only we trust more in him that we mistrust ourselves: “Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things, on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your own weakness.”
Remember that her September encounter [when God called her to serve the poorest of the poor] was a mid-life grace for Mother Teresa, a mid-life call. When she first stepped out alone into the slums, leaving behind her familiar existence, she was almost forty years old. Later, she would launch a pioneering network of AIDS shelters at the age of seventy. And by the time our community of priests [the Missionaries of Charity Fathers] was approved, she was already eight-two. She is proof that it is never too late for God to transform us, never too late to launch us on a new plan, to use us for the good.
Langford goes on to point out that “for God, it is never too late to begin the work of our divinization; each day is always a new beginning, always full of hope.” And he offers this great lesson that Mother Teresa always encouraged everyone to remember:
Yesterday is gone; tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
When I came across that passage it was one of those moments where I thought, “I bet there’s someone out there who really needs to hear that right now!” so I thought I’d post it. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.
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