A new book of unpublished materials from Mother Teresa of Calcutta teaches how to show mercy and compassion in ordinary day-to-day encounters. “A Call To Mercy: Hearts To Love, Hands To Serve” was released by Image, an imprint of Penguin Books Random House, LLC. It is edited by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC, postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause to sainthood.
The Penguin press release says Mother Teresa’s profound wisdom is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive. The canonization of Mother Teresa during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is “entirely fitting since she is seen both inside and outside of the Church as an icon of God’s mercy to those in need.”
In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics as:
- the need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned
- the importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant
- the necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly
- the purpose to feed the poor and pray for all
- the greatness of creating a “civilization of love” through personal service to others
The book is itself a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant and very necessary in the 21st century.
Publishers Weekly praised the book as offering welcome spiritual nourishment. It goes on to provide details on the content of the work, saying that it includes numerous corporal and spiritual works of mercy peerformed by Mother Teresa and her congregation; and excerpts from her letters, speeches, and interviews providing insight into her extraordinary compassion and simple wisdom. It contains anonymous testimonials from witnesses and recipients of her generosity and love over the decades convey examples of her seemingly limitless compassion for abandoned children, homeless men and women, prisoners, refugees, and all people impoverished in body and spirit. Every chapter, in addition, closes with a brief reflection and prayer that Mother Teresa used in her devotionals.
The book’s release date is set to coincide with the canonization of this heroic saint on the 4th of September this year.