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Meditation from Mother Teresa

Dear Friends,

            I share with you this week a meditation from St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa); in this meditation, we should imagine our Lord Jesus Christ speaking to us:

            It is true.
            I stand at the door of your heart, day and night. Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it it could be Me, I am there. I’ll wait even the smallest sign of your response, even the least whispered invitation that will allow Me to enter.
            And I want you to know that whenever you invite Me, I do come – always, without fail. Silence and unseen I come, but with infinite power and love, and bringing the many gifts of My Spirit. I come with My mercy, with My desire to forgive and heal you, and with a love for you beyond your comprehension – a love every bit as great as the love I have received from the Father I come, longing to console you and give you strength, to lift you up and bind all your wounds. I bring you My light, to dispel your darkness and all your doubts. I come with My power, that I might carry you and all your burdens; with My grace, to touch your heart and transform your life; and my peace I give to still your soul. 
            I know you through and through. I know everything about you. The very hairs of your head I have numbered. Nothing in your life is unimportant to Me. I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you, even in your wanderings. I know everyone of your problems. I know your needs and your worries. And yes, I know all your sins. But I tell you again that I love you, not for what you have or haven’t done. I love you for you, for the beauty and dignity My Father gave you by creating you in his own image. It is a dignity you have often forgotten, a beauty you have tarnished by sin. But I love you as you are, and I have shared My Blood to win you back. If you only ask Me with faith, My grace will touch all that needs changing in your life, and I will give you the strength to free yourself from sin and all its destructive power.
            I know what is in your heart; I know your loneliness and all your hearts: the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations. I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you, so that you might share My strength and victory. I know especially your need for love - how you are thirsting to be loved and cherished. But how often have you thirsted in vain by seeking that love selfishly, striving to fill the emptiness inside you with passionate pleasures - with the even greater emptiness of sin? Do you thirst for love? “ Come to Me all you who thirst…” (John 7:37). I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine – to the point of dying on the cross for you.
            I thirst for you. That is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you. I thirst for you. I thirst to love you and to be loved by you; that is how precious you are to Me.

Have a great week!

In Christ,

Fr. Matt


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