A fruit is the product of the blossoming of a plant, the fulfillment, as it were, of its existence. When we speak of something "coming to fruition", we speak of completion. So Mother Teresa's often-quoted words give us an example of the fulfillment of the cycle of faith:
"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."
If we can bring ourselves into silence, we can enter prayer. When we pray, our faith increases. With greater faith comes greater love, which prompts us into service of others. To give truly is better than to receive, and so service, this giving of self, brings us peace. Peace ultimately leads our soul back into silence, and the cycle begins again.
Such a beautiful thought - so simple, yet so much to meditate on! Mother Teresa builds on the words of Christ, who told us the only way we can be fruitful: "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
So often we get caught up in the "rat race", a cycle which seems to take over our life. Today, ponder Mother Teresa's cycle of faith: start in silence, remain in Christ - and bear the fruit you were meant to for Him.
Bl. Mother Teresa, pray for us!