Mother Theresa was known for her work in the slums, tending to people who were sick, dying, and living in extreme poverty. She was canonized as a saint in 2016. It seems she created the blueprint for how to #LovetheWorld. But even for Mother Theresa, this task was not easy. In fact, she said:
“Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world.” - Mother Theresa
In my estimation, however, we love the whole world when we acknowledge that we cannot "save" it. We love the whole world when we love the people in our sphere, which is what Mother Theresa did. She also said:
“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” - Mother Theresa
This article by David VanBiema on TIME.com, called "Mother Theresa's Crisis of Faith," explores Mother Theresa’s journey through doubt. She felt a strong calling to work with “the poorest of the poor” but also failed to hear or feel the guidance of Jesus for many years — something she desperately wanted. So if Mother Theresa, now a saint, felt a crisis of faith, it seems the rest of us will also grapple with this question. This is especially true if we, like Mother Theresa, feel a strong calling to help others and create a better world. But how do we hold space for love in the face of its seeming opposition? If you are sick or dying, how do you hold onto your belief in a benevolent spiritual force when it seems that your death is approaching too soon? If you are the caregiver of a loved one, how do you love a healthcare system that is a full time job to navigate? If you are an emergency responder, how do you look into the eyes of a victim of violence and still hold space to love the perpetrator of that violence? If you work to save our environment, how do you love government officials who fail to implement effective environmental policies?
How do we hold the emotions of grief and love at the same time?
Mother Theresa demonstrates to us that these conflicting emotions are all the same thing. Our concern, our anger, and our sadness stem from a deep seated knowing of our potential. These strong emotions cause us to get off our butts and take action. In that action, we have the potential to always act in love. But even Mother Theresa has acted in fear and experienced doubt, confusion, and anger. The trick may be to keep trying our best even in the face of this doubt. Because she grappled with these questions deliberately and serve the “poorest of the poor” despite a lack of faith at times, Mother Theresa was able to help millions of people in her lifetime.
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