Because in the school of the Spirit,
man learns wisdom through humility,
knowledge by forgetting,
how to speak by silence,
how to live by dying.
-Johannes Tauler

Sunday, August 8, 2010

a lot to live up to


Advice for her sisters

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta asked her sisters to follow these virtues. "God needs our poverty, not our abundance. These are means of being humble:

  • Speak as little as possible about oneself
  • Take care of one's personal matters
  • Avoid curiosity
  • Do not meddle in the affairs of others
  • Accept contradictions with good humor
  • Do not focus on the faults of others
  • Accept reproach, even if undeserved
  • Yield to the will of others
  • Accept insults and abuse
  • Accept feeling uncared for, forgotten, despised
  • Be courteous and sensitive, even if someone provokes you
  • Do not try to be admired and loved
  • Do not hide behind one's own dignity
  • Yield in arguments, even if one is right
  • Always choose what is most difficult."

     Source: "Heart of Joy: The Transforming Power of Self-Giving" by Mother Teresa, Servant Books, 1987

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