Meeting and Knowing Jesus – Mother Teresa

The following is from a letter that St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) wrote to the religious sisters in the community she founded, the Missionaries of Charity.

I worry some of you still have not really met Jesus—one-to-one— you and Jesus alone. We may spend time in chapel—but have you seen with the eyes of your soul how He looks at you with love? Do you really know the living Jesus—not from books, but from being with Him in your heart?

Have you heard the living words He speaks to you? Ask for the grace, He is longing to give it. Never give up this daily intimate contact with Jesus as a real living person—not just an idea.

Be careful of all that can block that personal being in touch with the living Jesus. The hurts of life, and sometimes your own mistakes—[may] make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you, is really clinging to you.

This is a danger for all of you. And so sad, because it is completely opposite of what Jesus is really wanting, waiting to tell you. Not only He loves you, even more—He longs for you. He misses you when you don’t come close. He thirsts for you. He loves you always, even when you don’t feel worthy.

Even if you are not accepted by others, even by yourself sometimes—He is the one who always accepts you. My children, you don’t have to be different for Jesus to love you. Only believe—You are precious to Him. Bring all you are suffering to His feet—only open your heart to be loved by Him as you are. He will do the rest. [1]

[1] From St. Teresa of Calcutta’s “Varanasi Letter” in Joseph Langford, Mother Teresa’s Secret Fire (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2008), 54–55.

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