God always has a surprise! The great surprise to Calcutta was the tiny woman who came to serve the poor and find Jesus disguised in their midst. Mother Teresa was called home to God and in 1997 Sister Nirma Joshi succeeded this spiritual giant. Sister Nirma was Superior General of the contemplatives and actives of the Missionaries of Charity taking up the demanding task of Jesus to care for the poorest of society.
The death Sister Nirma moved me to pick up a book of Mother Teresa for Spiritual Reading this morning. And musing over the silence of death, I found this little quote from the spiritual giant:
In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with himself.
I briefly read through some stories of a few books I have on Mother Teresa. She spoke of how a poor beggar on the street gave her the few coins he had. Knowing that it meant much to the beggar to take the few coins, he gave it to her with such love that in that giving the coins were like thousands to the beggar … only because it was given with deep love and sacrifice.
As we all inevitably move to the eternal silence to be filled by God, may the example of serving the poorest found in the Missionaries of Charity, compel us to serve the person right next to us. Serve them … not out of convenience, but in a sacrifice of praise to the Almighty God hidden within them.
A beautiful interview with Sister Nirma Joshi: