“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”
– Mother Teresa
I cannot think of a crueler and more destructive expression of homophobia in our time than having hundreds of thousands of teens be rejected by their families, deprived of love, and driven to utter destitution. No teenager who comes out of the closet should be thrown into the streets. And together, if we stand up and lift up our voices for them, we will make sure they can find a home.
Executive Director, Ali Forney Center
I was surprised to learn years ago that Mother Teresa expressed doubt in some private papers which were made public.
After all, “Doubting Thomas” doubted that Jesus had risen from the dead and even Christ Jesus cried out: “God, why have you forsaken me”.
So it is ok to wrestle with this.
Being beset by doubt at times doesn’t necessary lesson a persons faith nor their commitment to serving God. Perhaps the road less traveled can be a lonely one.
I have more respect for somebody honestly wrestling with their faith at times than just following by blind belief.
And I don’t care what your struggle is because most of the Bible characters had them. They weren’t the “perfect, pretending holy rollers” as Tyler Perry so eloquently stated. They all had their so-called struggles as they worked out their own salvation.
Since God is unconditional Love then there should be no problem which makes you feel unworthy in turning to prayer for help.
There are even days when my prayer is simply God help me with my unbelief.
And You don’t have to be catholic or over religious to appreciate this video. Just listen with your heart.
The excerpt following the video is from The Christian Science Monitor on the doubting Mother Teresa and gives a clue as to what “carries people past doubt, past hesitancy, to the fulfillment of their missions—on a small or grand scale.”
Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind.
“From all walks of life, and at all levels, people struggle with doubt—religious and otherwise—on a daily basis: youngsters facing their first day of kindergarten; alcoholics struggling to recover; presidents with world-shaping decisions to make.
Abraham Lincoln was filled with self-doubt, and yet overcame it to lead the [United States] through the Civil War. Martin Luther King Jr. often talked about his doubts—about his ability or willingness to commit to and sustain the civil-rights movement, and his fear of assassination.
It’s tempting to think of great moral leaders as unshakable warriors, but that is so rarely true. And it’s tempting to think that their courage and good deeds are not possible for the general population to achieve.
But the case of Mother Teresa should make her works feel more accessible to people. If “the saint of the gutters” was tormented by personal failings, then those who feel less saintly can also commit to acts of charity.
Mother Teresa may have believed she had no faith, but was not her persistence an act of extreme faith? And is it not faith in something greater than themselves that sustained leaders, such as Mr. Lincoln and Mr. King, as they carried out their missions?
Persistence for persistence’s sake is not a strong motivator. It is belief in a greater cause, in goodness itself, that carries people past doubt, past hesitancy, to the fulfillment of their missions—on a small or grand scale.”
Click on the link below to read article in its entirety.