Second Breakfast: III

Second Breakfast: III

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In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East—especially in India—I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening wihtout a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving—it is not in the result of loving.

-Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997) is recognized as one of the greatest missonaries and philanthropists in the world. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic order whose members make vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and to give “Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.” Her commitment to working with the least of the least has left behind a legacy of love for all to learn from.


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