The Unknown Mother Teresa's

Mother Teresa is famous for all the right reasons and dedicated her life in unselfish service to the poor and forgotten. Mother Teresa has been quoted many times. One of her quotes is "By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus." I was thinking about this the other day and wondered just how her works became so famous, when she has always acted humbly and with constant thankfulness to God. She is certainly deserving of all her recognition, it’s just that many times such acts go unnoticed. And then I thought of all the other people in the world who are also taking care of poor and sick people on a daily basis, often sacrificing their own needs and lives to care for those who rely on their care, or accepting below average paychecks because of their gracious hearts to work for a nonprofit organization to help those who so desperately special care and services.

I have a college friend, whose first name is actually Theresa, and who, like Mother Teresa, also happens to be Catholic. She and her husband Jim have five kids, the youngest may be around 10 and the oldest just getting ready to graduate from college. They have a happy marriage full of love and hopes of greatness for their children’s success. The one thing that differs is that Jim had a stroke when he was 48 and he is now in his early 50’s. He has yet to fully recover and is reliant on Theresa for his daily needs. Prior to his stroke, Jim was an active father who was full of energy and fun. Jim still has his full mental capacity, yet now he speaks brief sentences of one or two words and is wheelchair bound. He continues to make small but significant improvements and has been blessed with abundant help from the community. Theresa always has a positive outlook and is raising her family and now taking care of Jim full time. She is a blessing to others and is an inspiration of faith and love. So for Theresa, and all the other unknown Mother Teresa’s, I give thanks and pray that God’s blessings continue to be upon them. They certainly work tirelessly and humbly. I pray for continued progress of Jim’s health as well.

I ran across an interesting posting on FaceBook, I thought is worth sharing. A new company called Global Expert Space posted, “The only way you can serve God, is by serving other people.” If we all serve other people just a little bit each month, think of the boundless blessings that will result and continue to magnify. I hope you’ll give it some thought, and take some time to intentionally serve other people.

And thanks to all the moms, including my own wonderful and terrific mom, and to the unknown Mother Teresa’s for your works are far greater than you will ever realize. May God continue to bless you as you bless those you serve.

Wendy Saathoff

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