“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes
in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these…”
From John 14:7-14
My friend, John, talked about Mother Teresa before she had become known worldwide. John was a young priest who deeply respected this Albanian woman whose life inspired him so. Mother Teresa was drawn to the religious life very early on. After she entered the convent, she was eventually assigned to a high school in Calcutta. While teaching her students, she could not ignore the extreme poverty beyond the windows of her classroom. She was so moved by the need she saw there that she asked permission to devote herself to the poor. Mother Teresa eventually petitioned the pope for permission to found her own religious order which would be dedicated to serving those in the most dire poverty. Her mark upon this world of ours is undeniable.
John emulated Mother Teresa by truly living the spirit of poverty himself. He never drove a new car or owned a tailored suit. Though he eventually held an important and prestigious position in the archdiocesan seminary system, he never lost his flair for living the simple life. John always made time for those who needed him. John also did his best to make provisions for those in need -even the most difficult to love. When John passed away, we who knew him agreed that he was a very good man who emulated Mother Teresa and Jesus himself in all that he did. Perhaps John is our own saint-in-the-making.
Dear God, thank you for Mother Teresa, for John and for all of the good and generous souls who engage in the best of your work.