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“A life not lived for others is not a life.”

Today the great Mother Teresa will be canonized a saint. She is well known and beloved by all, due in large part to her ability to love all people in their innate human dignity. In fact, her life is a perfect example of how this month’s universal prayer intention can be lived out to the full: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.

Mother Teresa once said, “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.’”

She spent most of her life placing the needs of the human person at the center of all that she did. If she saw someone on the sidewalk half-naked and almost dead, she would pick him up, taken him in, and nurse him to health. It didn’t matter who they were, or what religion; all that mattered was that they were a human person with great dignity.

Mother Teresa was extremely aware of the many challenges that confront humanity and she combined her activism with a deep prayer life that nourished her apostolate. She knew that her love for others could only be fueled by her love of God.

This month, let us look to Saint Mother Teresa for inspiration and invoke her intercession, that we may join others in building up society and placing the human person at the center of our endeavors.

Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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