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Simple Path, A

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Now, in her own words, Mother Teresa shares the thoughts and experiences that have led her to do her extraordinary charitable work.

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A candid look at her everyday life - at the very simplicity and self-sacrifice that give her the strength to move mountains - A Simple Path gives voice to the remarkable spirit who has dedicated her life to the poorest among us.

Just as important as her beliefs are how they are put into action in the world, and A Simple Path also tells the story of the founding of the Missionaries of Charity, their purpose and practice, and the results of their tireless work. Through faith, surrender, and prayer, the missionaries live to serve others; they have improved the lives of countless souls and given dignity to the dying. Their mission has also produced a ripple effect, spreading human compassion to communities where there is need.

Through these examples, as well as the uplifting words and guiding prayers of Mother Teresa and those who work with her, everyone can learn how to walk the simple path that Mother Teresa has laid out for us, to help create a truly kinder world for the future.

A Simple Path is a unique spiritual guide for Catholics and non-Catholics alike: full of wisdom and hope from the one person who has given us the greatest model of love in action in our time.

"This book is simply priceless. It's Mother Teresa's autobiography, which she crafted with writer Lucinda Vardey, a few years before she passed away. This book gives voice to a remarkable spirit who has dedicated her life to the poorest among us and given us the greatest model of love in action in our time.

A Simple Path not only offers a candid look at Mother Teresa's everyday life, but collects her spiritual wisdom. What we find is a simple path for us to follow so that we, too, can create a truly kinder world for the future. Mother Teresa may no longer be here on earth, but her spirit is alive today, in her works of goodness and kindness, and in each of us."        ~E. Zack, Senior Editor


"We have all been created for greater things - to love and to be loved. Love is love - to love a person without any conditions, without any expectations. Works of love are works of peace and purity. Works of love are always a means of Becoming closer to God, so the more we help each other, the more we really love God better by loving each other. Jesus very clearly said, 'Love one another as I have loved you,' Love in action is what gives us grace. We pray and, if we are able to love with a whole heart, then we will see the need. Those who are unwanted, unloved, and uncared for become just a throwaway of society - that's why we must really make everybody feel wanted.

There is something else to remember - that this kind of love begins at home. We cannot give to the outside what we don't have on the inside. This is very important. If I can't see God's love in my brother and sister then how can I see that love in somebody else? How can I give it to somebody else? Everybody has got some good. Some hide it, some neglect it, but it is there."


 The fruit of silence is PRAYER.

The fruit of prayer is FAITH.

The fruit of faith is LOVE.

The fruit of love is SERVICE.

The fruit of service is PEACE.


In recognition of her efforts, Mother Teresa was bestowed many awards, including the Padma Shri award for distinguished service in 1962, The Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Mother Teresa accepted all awards on behalf of the poor, using any money that accompanied them to fund her centers.

Mother Teresa was forced to scale back her activities in 1990 because of declining health. On March 13, 1997, she stepped down as head of the order and Sister Nirmala was chosen to succeed her as leader of the Missionaries of Charity. On September 5, 1997, at the age of 87, the best loved woman of the century passed away.

Editor Vardey, Lucinda
Author Teresa, Mother
Book Type Hardcover
Page Count 202 pp.
Publisher Ballantine Books 1995
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