Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mother Teresa: A Simple Path - book review

I was drawn to the story of Mother Teresa when I heard that she felt like God had abandoned her for a point in her life. If Mother Teresa can go through a season like that, I can learn something from her.

This book was a thrift store find for me. The book is partially her philosophies, part interviews with the volunteers, and part messages that are shared at all the different locations. I really enjoyed some of the signs that they have hanging in their buildings. I also enjoyed the simpleness of the way the book was written.

The Simple Path is...
The fruit of silence is PRAYER
The fruit of prayer is FAITH
The fruit of faith is LOVE
The fruit of love is SERVICE
The fruit of service is PEACE

Prayer was broken down into five simple parts.
How to pray: A simple contact with God
Make family a family of love
God is a friend of silence
Equal before God
Pray every day

Faith is broken down into six simple parts.
God's test for us
Each life is precious to God
The church is our family
Faith is a gift of God
The trees of self-defeat and self realization
I am on my way to heaven

Love is broken down into four simple parts.
The warmth of our hand
Every act of love is a prayer
Loving until is hurts
A cheerful sufferer

Service is broken down into three simple parts.
There is so much work to do
The catching force - acting the simple way
Love in action

Peace is broken down into one part and a poem.
By forgetting yourself you find yourself.

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Love them anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spent years building may be destroyed over night.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

- on the wall of the children's home in Calcutta