Same Difficulties

These are the final quotes this week from my journals.  I particularly like this quote from Mother Theresa that I picked up from the excellent movie, The Letters.

He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds.  He counts the stars and assigns each a name.  Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what He knows and does.  God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked into the ditch.  –Psalm 147:3-6 (MSG)

“I’m very happy to receive this award in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, and all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for — the throw-away of society.  And as we are gathered here together today to thank God for the Nobel Peace Prize I think it would be beautiful to pray the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, which always surprises me very much.  We pray this prayer every day after holy communion as it is very fitting for each one of us.  Lord, make me a channel of your peace.  Where there is hatred may I bring love.  Where there is wrong may I bring a Spirit of forgiveness.  Where there is discord may I bring harmony.  Where there is error may I bring truth.  Where there is doubt may I bring faith.  Where there is despair may I bring hope, that where there are shadows I may bring light, that where there is sadness I may bring joy.  Amen.  And you know I always wondered if 4 or 500 years ago, when St. Francis of Assisi composed this prayer, that they had the same difficulties as we have today, because it is very fitting for us also.  –Mother Theresa, Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

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