|From the DVD/TV Show of "Madre Teresa"
“Lord, make me an instrument of peace.
Where there is hatred, may I bring love;
Where there is offense, forgiveness;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is desperation, may I bring hope;
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy;
Allow me to console, rather than to be consoled;
To understand, rather than to be understood;
To love, rather than be loved;
Because, giving is receiving;
Because, it is in forgiving, that we are forgiven;
It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life."
Mother Teresa: "Life is life
Let us defend it always and with the smiles
Helping the weakest, the poor, the sick, the old..."
The Final Analysis
are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...Forgive
you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior
motives; ...Be kind anyway.
you are successful, you will win some false friends and some
true enemies; ...Succeed anyway.
you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; ...Be
honest and frank anyway.
you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; ...Be
good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; ...Do
the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; ...Give
the world the best you've got anyway.
see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Adapted from Mother Teresa enlarged and framed sign, hung
in the front lobby of her Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home
in Calcutta (origins)