A number of years ago Mother Teresa was to open a mission in New York City. A building was chosen and the archdiocese had it renovated.
They had it spruced up with a fresh coat of paint. They put in new carpeting. They put in large hot water heaters for the nuns. On the day the archbishop drove up to visit Mother Teresa and the newly arrived nuns, he was greeted by a pile of trash on the curb. They had torn out the new carpet and the hot water heaters.
Mother Teresa thanked the archbishop but she never wavered in her conviction. If they are to serve the poor in the richest city in the richest country in the world, then they must live simply. They prepared for their work by simplifying their lives. Their spiritual grounding depended upon their simplicity of life.
Our Advent message is to prepare. Figures like John the Baptist and Mother Teresa stand out. John the Baptist and Mother Teresa prepared for their work by simplifying their lives to the bare minimum. Their spiritual grounding depended upon the simplicity of their lives.
As I drive through the cities of South Florida and up North in the suburbs of Chicago, I see million dollar homes being torn down to be replaced by five and ten million dollar homes. I begrudge no one the fruits of their labors. But as an 80-year old, I wonder and I worry about the spiritual grounding of America. I have read so many articles the last few years that ask the question, “Has America lost its soul?”
WHEN SIMPLE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH, YOU WILL FEEL HAPPY MORE THAN ENOUGH!!
Thanks to Carl Tronders for the picture.
When is simple more than enough for YOU, and I’m thinking about more than a simple meal?
WE MUST NOT MEASURE GREATNESS FROM THE MANSION DOWN, BUT FROM THE MANGER UP!!
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