Today on Sunrise Morning Show, I’ll be chatting with the hosts about Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta. The book consists of daily reflections from the first day of Advent through the season of Christmas, tying together themes from the daily readings to the life and witness of Mother Teresa. You can order the book here.
The first reading today, from the book of Romans, quotes from the book of Isaiah: “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace.” This automatically makes me think of St. Teresa, whose feet (as you see here) were twisted and misshapen from traveling through the slums of Calcutta and around the world, tending to the needs of those who need her. Her feet were beautiful, not for their appearance, but because they carried her where she needed to go to “spread the fragrance of Christ” everywhere she went.
As you bend over to tie on your own shoes today, why not take a moment to bless them, and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide your feet, that you too might spread the Gospel of peace?
Tomorrow morning at 7:45 on “Morning Air with John Harper,” I’ll be chatting with John (of course) about Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Although Mother Teresa and Advent go very well together — her life was all about walking toward the light, even while in darkness — I’m especially thankful to be talking about her the day before Thanksgiving. Because when I think of Mother Teresa, the first word that comes to mind is “thankful.” No matter what, she always found reasons to be thankful for the merciful hand of God, who provided for her every need.
In one of my favorite stories about Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity, the Sisters came to Mother wanting to know how they were to feed the hungry poor their breakfast that morning. The larders were bare, and they had nothing to cook.
“Just pray,” Mother reminded them. Moments later, large trucks pulled up to the children’s home. For some reason school had been canceled that day, and the bread for the children’s lunches was no longer needed . . . so the school send the food over.
It’s a lesson we can find woven into the life stories of many great saints like Mother Teresa and Solanus Casey: When you have need of something, start by thanking God for it. The answer might not come exactly the way you’d expected … but it can be a source of Thanksgiving all the same.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!