Friday, October 26, 2012

Bl Teresa of Calcutta on faith & prayer

The fruit of prayer is Faith.

If we pray,
then we will believe.

If we believe,
then we will love—
because the fruit of Faith is love,
and the fruit of love is service.

Similarly, if we want to deepen our Faith,
we must deepen our oneness with Christ.

Without seeing him,
we pray to him,
we turn to him,
we cling to him,
we love him
without seeing him.

Faith
is the most beautiful gift God can give to a human being—
to believe that he Is,
and that Christ Is...

God from God
Love from Love
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
consubstantial with the Father,
by whom all things were made...

And yet he became so small,
he became a human being like us,
to make it possible for us to believe.

To increase our Faith,
he made himself the Bread of Life—
even a child can break that Bread,
even a child can eat that Bread.

This is humility in the Action of Faith,
and Faith in the Action of Humility.

Excerpt from the writings of Mother Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, virgin & religious (quoted in the Magnificat Year of Faith Companion; Cameron, O.P., Fr. Peter John, ed. New York, New York: Magnificat, Inc., 2012. p. 26.).