Mother Teresa and Henry Nouwen

Mother Teresa

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. What you could spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

Henri Nouwen

“Ministry is: Service in the name of the Lord. It is bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming liberty to the captives and new sight to the blind, setting the downtrodden free and announcing the Lord’s year of favor.”
Luke 4:18

“Spirituality is attention to the life of the Spirit in us; it is going out to the desert or up to the mountain to pray. It is standing before the Lord with an open heart and an open mind; it is crying out “Abba Father”. It is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our living God. “

“Who am I as a living memory of God? To be a reminder of Jesus Christ is a way of being which embraces the totality of life; working and resting; eating and drinking; praying and playing; acting and waiting. Before any profession of skill we need spirituality, a way of living in the Spirit by which all we are and all we do becomes a form of reminding.”

“To walk in the presence of the Lord means to move forward in such a way in which all our desires, thoughts, and actions are constantly guided by Him. When we walk in the Lord’s presence, everything we see, hear, touch, or taste reminds us of Him. This is what is meant by a prayerful life. It is not a life in which we say many prayers, but a life in which nothing, absolutely nothing is done, said, or understood independently of Him who is the origin and purpose of our existence.”

“The strategy of the principalities and powers is to cut us off from the memory of God. When we no longer walk in the presence of the Lord, we cannot be reminders of His divine presence in our lives. We then quickly become strangers in an alien land who have forgotten where we came from and where we are going. Then we are no longer the way to the experience of God but rather in the way of the experience of God.”

“Jesus’ primary concern was to be obedient to His Father, to live constantly in His presence. Only then did it become clear to Him what His task was in His relationship with people.”

“… to be living reminders of God, we must be concerned first of all with our own intimacy with God. Once we have heard, seen, watched and touched the Word, Who is life, we cannot do other than be living reminders. Once our lives are connected with His, we will speak about Him, sing His praise, and proclaim His great deeds, not out of obligation, but as free, spontaneous response.”
“Finally, it implies that what counts is not our lives, but the life of Christ in us.”

“If we really want to be living memories, offering guidance to a new land, the Word of God must be engraved in our hearts; it must become our flesh and blood. This meditation on God’s word is indispensable if we want to be reminders of God and not ourselves; if we want to radiate hope and not despair, joy and not sadness, life and not death.”

“There is an increasing need for diagnosticians of the Soul, who can distinguish the Holy Spirit from the unholy spirits and so guide people to an active and vital transformation of soul and body and of all their personal relationships. This gift of discernment is a gift of the Spirit, which can only be received through constant prayer and meditation.”

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