Pause for Thought August 2016

Mother TeresaAs I write this the government and the opposition is in turmoil after Brexit; the England football team just lost to Iceland and it’s pouring with rain again. Putting on the late evening news there has been another terrorist attack in Turkey. While after Jo Cox’s untimely death there were calls for a gentler approach to one another, that seems to have been quickly forgotten as we also hear of acts of outright racism. Depressing at the least and frightening for the future at worst. At such times we need to find those who can speak of other ways to live.

Mother Teresa was just such an inspirational figure – a woman respected by those of different faiths and none. She was someone who put her faith into action and never talked about religion; she lived it. Her view was simple – God loves us and it is our duty to show that love to others, however undeserving and undesirable they may seem.  She took in anyone in need, cared for the dying and the desperate and showed love to those who were deemed untouchable. She was not afraid to say uncomfortable things to those in power and to challenge when she saw anything that went against God’s grace a, love and acceptance of all. This is one of her meditations:

‘People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred; forgive them anyway.
If you’re kind, people may accuse you of being selfish with ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you’re successful, you’ll win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.
If you’re honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight; build anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough; but give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it’s between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway’
(Mother Teresa – BBC Morning Service, 17th July 2001)

May this way  become a reality for the world into which we and future generations live.

“Pause for Thought” this month comes from
Canon Margaret Venables

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