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Posted September 27, 2013
Yearlong spiritual diary
In the prologue to "Thirsting for God," Editor Angelo D. Scolozzi writes of his relationship with Mother Teresa, which began in Calcutta in 1976. "By her words and example during my twenty-one years of association with her, she showed me the royal way of the cross...encouraged me to do heroic acts of total surrender, loving trust, and acceptance." Scolozzi describes this book as a kind of yearlong spiritual diary, made up of reflections, meditations, prayers, and his personal recollections of Mother Teresa. The material is drawn from numerous sources including a manuscript the senior sisters of her congregation developed incorporating Mother Teresa's first teachings. Scolozzi ponders the reaction to today's readers as her spiritual reality unfolds before them.
For a taste of this work, let's look at a series of five consecutive entries filling two pages. (1) "Be faithful to little things, for in them lies our strength." Teresa saw opportunities for "little practices of love" as gifts from God on which we may build lives of holiness. (2) Practicing small, daily acts of penance draws us to God and God to us, and earns us the grace to overcome our faults. (3) Allowing Jesus to pray in and through us enables us to act out of love for others. (4) Praying and living the "Our Father" teaches holiness: "Everything is there: God, myself, my neighbor." (5) In the name of Jesus we pray for grace to love God above all and to make our hearts meek and humble like the heart of Jesus.