Weekend reading: Mother Teresa edition

Mother Teresa is being canonized this weekend – not so much “elevated” to sainthood as “recognized.” She is what heroic virtue looks like, made up of faith and love and energy and supernatural perseverance.

National Prayer Breakfast, 1994: “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”

President and Mrs. (now Candidate) Clinton weren’t sure what to make of this speech, as they sat through a standing ovation given to Mother Teresa at the event. She spoke of much more than abortion, urging her listeners to recognize and respect the dignity of each human being in every situation. Read the full transcript of the speech, as posted by Priests for Life.

Nobel Prize lecture, 1979: “I appeal everywhere: let us make this year that we make every single child, born and unborn, wanted.”

“Our hunger [is] for God, because we have been created for [His] love. We have been created in His image. We have been created to love and be loved, and then He has become Man to make it possible to love as He loved us. He makes himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the sick one, the one in prison, the lonely one, the unwanted one – and He says: you did it to Me. This is the hunger of our poor people. This is the hunger that you and I must find. It may be in our own home.

“[I was] visiting a home where they had all these old parents of sons and daughters who had just put them in an institution and had forgotten them, maybe. I saw in that home they had beautiful things, but everyone was looking towards the door. I did not see a single one with a smile. I turned to the Sister and asked, how is it that the people have everything here, why are they looking towards the door, why are they not smiling? She said [that] nearly every day, they are expecting and hoping that a son or daughter will come to visit them. They are hurt because they are forgotten. See? This is where love comes. Maybe in our own family we have somebody who is feeling lonely, who is feeling sick, who is feeling worried. Are we there? Are we there to receive them?”

Read a transcript of the full speech here.