"I don't know what the success will be - but if the Missionaries of Charity have brought joy to one unhappy home - made one innocent child from the street keep pure for Jesus - one dying person die in peace with God - don't you think, Your Grace, it would be worthwhile offering everything - for just that one - because that one would bring great joy to the Heart of Jesus." (BMT in letter to Archbishop Périer)
What is success? How do we measure it? Most people would probably define a successful life as one in which a person attains a certain standard of wealth, position and notoriety. But Mother Teresa realized that a successful life should perhaps be judged not so much by what we collect, but more by what we give away.
We can collect money, homes, cars, etc., but usually the more we have, the more we lose our peace of mind. There is more to protect, more to worry about. When we give, we lose not only our possessions, but our fears. When we give freely, of our things, our time, ourselves, we can love more freely. Jesus told us: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21)
Mother Teresa believed that success was measured by her effect on one person's life - could she win just one soul for God? If she did, she knew her life had been worthwhile. As we look at our own lives, what can we give to be more successful? Can we give our time in prayer for others? Offer up our suffering for someone else? Give our money for a worthy cause? Today, let us try to be a success in God's eyes - let us give of ourselves to bring "great joy to the Heart of Jesus."
Bl. Mother Teresa, pray for us!