For Mother Teresa, service was not somehow the outcome of prayer or something done when not praying. Serving the poor and opening [one’s] heart to Christ were one and the same. She taught the sisters “to pray while working, doing it for Jesus and doing it to Jesus. This brings a tremendous closeness with him.”
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
—Galatians 6:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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