This week, we are reflecting on Mother Teresa’s compassion and how she used it to serve others, mainly those who are the least fortunate on this earth. We can learn from her example of compassion and use it in our own lives. Mother Teresa defines compassion as “preventing eternal suffering over alleviating temporary pain, saving souls over saving lives.” She led her life by caring for the poorest and sickest of all people throughout the world, especially those suffering with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. These diseases can also be very contagious, so the fact that she surrounded herself with these diseases, not worrying if she would contract them, in order to care for them and spread the word of God is extremely selfless. Through Mother Teresa’s compassion we learn that by serving others, we are putting our love for Christ into action and living our lives as Christ would have done.
Do you ever feel empty in your life? For example, maybe money, power or objects are just not satisfying you, or maybe they are, but only for a short amount of time. This is because material objects only give human beings a temporary happiness while prayer and serving others gives human beings permanent happiness because it is stemmed in virtue. Mother Teresa lived her entire life by living a poor life and giving anything she had to others. She ended up being one of the happiest people because she spent her life dedicated to serving other as Jesus Christ would have done. In order to be permanently happy during our lives on this earth, we should follow Mother Teresa’s example of showing compassion and service to others, especially those who are less fortunate than us or who are very sick. Sometimes it can be difficult to see the progress of serving others and some might think it just will never be enough to serve and care for all of the less fortunate people in the world. Mother Teresa says “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” She teaches us that everything matters when serving others while showing love and compassion to those being served. We must live our lives full of love and compassion towards others and take every opportunity we can to serve others. We can live a truly happy life through the act of service to others.