Published to coincide with Pope Francis's Year of Mercy and the Vatican's canonization of Mother Teresa, this new book of unpublished material by a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive, offers Mother Teresa's profound yet accessible wisdom on how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.
For millions of people from all walks of life, Mother Teresa's canonization is providentially taking place during Pope Francis's Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is entirely fitting since she is seen both inside and outside of the Church as an icon of God's mercy to those in need.
Compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejckuk, M.C., the postulator of Mother Teresa's cause for sainthood, A Call to Mercy presents deep yet accessible wisdom on how we can show compassion in our everyday lives. In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics
the need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned
the importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant
the necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly
the purpose to feed the poor and pray for all
the greatness of creating a “civilization of love” through personal service to others
Featuring never before published testimonials by people close to Mother Teresa as well as prayers and suggestions for putting these ideas into practice, A Call to Mercy is not only a lovely keepsake, but a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant and very necessary in the 21st century.
Review of A Call to Mercy
A Call to Mercy, Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve by Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC is one of the most incredible accounts of a living saint I have ever read. This book details the living philosophy of one of the most influential and revered woman of our time, Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity (MC) after a personal call from Jesus. This beautiful group of nuns lead by Mother Teresa have administered to thousands of poor, hungry, lonely, sick and dying throughout the world. Mother Teresa understood and identified with the poorest of the poor and those that lived on the margins of society. Using the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as her guide Mother Teresa became the living example of a merciful heart as she was able to see the face of Christ in others. Not only did her merciful heart extend to the poor but she taught her peers and Sisters of the MC how to live, love and be merciful even in the most difficult of circumstances in the most ravaged areas of the world.
The accounts of Mother Teresa’s work was nothing short of astounding. In this small, frail looking woman was a spirit that was strong and attuned to the living will of God. It is impossible to read even a portion of this book without deep reflection. You cannot read this book and the examples of her charity without questioning yourself and wondering what you are doing in your own life to change or make a difference in someone else’s life. This also was the gift of this woman, the ability to make others want to help. This holy woman would move heaven and earth to assist the poor and sick. She was a force of nature, yet she served Christ and those she loved with the deepest of humility. She saw herself as no different from those she served, always in tune to the will of God. With the assistance of his Holy Mother and constant prayer she served his people tirelessly wanting nothing for herself in return.
What I liked best about this book was the perspective of three voices, the author, Mother Teresa’s and eyewitnesses (priests, laity, fellow sisters and those she helped). To be taught about her philosophies was one thing, but to hear the voices of those who followed her and those she served was nothing short of inspiring. In a world where “What’s in it for me?” seems to be the norm, her selflessness and humility was nothing short of a miracle. I wish this book could be mandatory reading for everyone. If even a quarter of the readers implemented her charity and acts of love what a different world we would live in. Imagine a world of selfless charity, kindness and giving. What a wonderful world it would be.
Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, A Call to Mercy, Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve, is an inspiring and living account of Mother Teresa’s spiritual and corporal works of mercy that continue today through her Missionaries of Charity. You cannot read this beautiful book without self-reflection that will challenge and motivate you to make the necessary changes in your life to assist or help those who are lonely, sick or deprived of the necessities of life. One cannot read this book and remain unchanged in thought or deed. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book and prepare to change your heart. You will be better for it.
I appreciate being given an advanced copy of A Call to Mercy, Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
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