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October 17 1979: Roman Catholic nun of Albania dedicates life and love to world’s poor


Mother Teresa has served as a flashpoint of criticism in the later years and years after her death. More interestingly, her decades of dedication took place in a vacuum of faith. As PBS’ Richard Rodriguez wrote:

It came as a shock to many in the believing world to learn this summer that Mother Teresa, one of the most famous religious figures over the last century, lived much of her life tormented by doubt. In letters and private reflections recently published, she longs for God, as for a husband who is indifferent to her. She writes, “In my heart, there is no faith. I want God with all the powers of my soul, and yet between us there is terrible separation.”

On Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta was the composition known as “Do It Anyway.” Inspired by Dr. Kent Keith’s The Paradoxical Comandments.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.