In her work, she experienced rejection from some of the civil authorities. But she would not be deterred. She identified this suffering, this rejection with that of Jesus Himself. Just recently we may have heard that she experienced, at times, great doubts of faith. Nevertheless, despite these doubts, she persevered in her mission, and in the process, affirmed her commitment to the Lord in word and in action. She allowed this commitment to shape her values, her goals, her behavior, and her priorities. She is loved throughout the world because of her commitment to the Lord, a commitment she sustained over a lifetime. Next Sunday she will be canonized as the new saint of our Church.
The following prayer reflects the spirit of the life and mission of Mother Teresa and has been attributed to her:
FORGIVE THEM ANYWAY.
IF YOU ARE KIND, PEOPLE MAY ACCUSE YOU OF SELFISH, ULTERIOR MOTIVES.
BE KIND ANYWAY.
IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL, YOU WILL WIN SOME UNFAITHFUL FRIENDS AND SOME GENUINE ENEMIES.
IF YOU ARE HONEST AND SINCERE PEOPLE MAY DECEIVE YOU.
BE HONEST AND SINCERE ANYWAY.
WHAT YOU SPEND YEARS CREATING, OTHERS COULD DESTROY OVERNIGHT.
IF YOU FIND SERENITY AND HAPPINESS, SOME MAY BE JEALOUS.
BE HAPPY ANYWAY.
THE GOOD YOU DO TODAY WILL OFTEN BE FORGOTTEN.
DO GOOD ANYWAY.
GIVE THE BEST YOU HAVE, AND IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH.
GIVE YOUR BEST ANYWAY.
IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, IT IS BETWEEN YOU AND GOD.
IT WAS NEVER BETWEEN YOU AND THEM ANYWAY.