Greatness: Mother Teresa On Loving Others

9 02 2012

I remember the night Princess Diana died.  A young and promising life came to an abrupt, tragic end on the streets of Paris as her driver tried to outrun vultures (that’s Greek for paparazzi).

The news coverage over the next week was overwhelming as the world mourned this beautiful and tragic figure.  I remember watching the royal funeral, her young sons now without a mother, Elton John singing a moving and updated version of “Candle In The Wind,” the hearse bearing her broken body strewn with flowers as she passed by the citizens of the realm to her final resting place.

Lost in all the sorrow and news of the passing of the Princess of Wales was the death of another woman.  Dynamite comes in small packages.  Mother Teresa was not five feet tall and changed the world through her love and care for the forgotten and destitute on the streets of Calcutta.

She died the same night as the Princess.  She too was royal.

It is a tragic convergence of events where a truly great human being has died the same day as a celebrity or a world leader.  CS Lewis died the same day President Kennedy was assassinated.  The greatness of CS Lewis can hardly be exaggerated.

A hero of mine, keyboardist Richard Souther, posted this quote this evening from Mother Teresa.  I leave it with you.

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

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