Everything Starts from Prayer: Saint Teresa's Meditations on Spiritual Life for People of All Faiths

Everything Starts from Prayer: Saint Teresa's Meditations on Spiritual Life for People of All Faiths


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At the Home for the Dying in Calcutta, Mother Teresa often cared for the residents as they approached the end. As she was ministering to one illness-ravaged man, a visitor overheard her whisper a few words to him. These few words embody Mother Teresa’s spiritual wisdom. This is what she said:

You say a prayer in your religion, and I will say a prayer as I know it. Together we will say this prayer and it will be something beautiful for God.

These gentle words of solace and care provide us with a glimpse of at a Mother Teresa we’ve often overlooked: Mother Teresa, the universal teacher of prayer.

The world has admired the Mother Teresa who devoted her life to caring for the poorest of the poor everywhere. But her close associates knew that all of Mother Teresa’s out activity of caring and action was the natural consequence of her devotion, the overflow of her deep inner life. They witnessed her reliance upon contemplative practice, and they recognized Mother Teresa not only as a devout Catholic, but also a great ecumenical teacher of prayer.

With this deeply profound collection of her writings on prayer, meditation, and silence, the nun now recognized as Saint Teresa offers guidance and inspiration for people of all faiths, or none, seeking to walk a spiritual path.

Everything Starts from Prayer simultaneously offers Saint Teresa’s spiritual guidance and provides a step-by-step introduction to prayer. The book organizes her inspirational teachings into six distinct meditations on the spiritual life integrating prayer, love, faith, and service:

1. The Need to Pray

2. Starting with Silence

3. Like a Little Child

4. Opening Your Heart

5. Ending with Silence

6. The Fruit of Prayer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940468617
Publisher: White Cloud Press
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 754,527
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

MOTHER TERESA was born in Skopje (present-day Macedonia) in 1910, and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin in 1928. She left the Loreto order in 1948 to begin the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta (Kolkata). Her service to the poorest of the poor became her life’s work. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died in 1997, was beatified in 2003, and canonized on September 4th, 2016.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936. On March 13, 2013, he became the Bishop of Rome and the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

Dr. Anthony Stern attended Harvard College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has worked in a variety of settings as a community psychiatrist, currently at Mental Health Association of Westchester and Montefiore primary clinics in the Bronx. He has written and given talks about the interface between religion and psychology over the last thirty years.

Read an Excerpt

You and I have been created for greater things. We have not been created to just pass through this life without aim. And that greater aim is to love and be loved.

Some call him Ishwar, some call him Allah, some simply God, but we all have to acknowledge that it is He who made us for greater things: to love and be loved. What matters is that we love. We cannot love without prayer, and so whatever religion we are we must pray together.

You will find Calcutta all over the world if you have eyes to see. The streets of Calcutta lead to every man’s door. I know that you may want to make a trip to Calcutta, but it is easy to love people far away. It is not always easy to love people who live beside us. What about the ones I dislike or look down upon?

It is easy to be proud and harsh and selfish—so easy. But we have been created for better things.

Where does love begin?
In our own homes. When does it begin?
When we pray together.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition ix

Foreword xv

Introduction xxi

1. The Need to Pray 1

2. Starting with Silence 19

3. Like a Little Child 35

4. Opening Your Heart 69

5. Ending in Silence 99

6. The Fruit of Prayer 107

Retreat Resources 146

Further Reading 148

Sources & Acknowledgements 161

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