The Courage It Takes to Be Kind the Way Mother Teresa was Kind
Kindness is a simple virtue and we love to start the school year talking about it. We fill the halls and classrooms with words that guide our minds to think about how we can be God’s light to people. Smile, share, help, listen, pray, cheer, etc. These action words give our children a way to think about their place in a school, at home and in the world. Simple words that are a reminder that the way we think determines the way we act. Be kind to each other and the kindness is bound to come back to you because it is contagious.
This week we celebrated the Feast Day of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She is the perfect example of what true kindness looks like. Mother Teresa made every moment better because she was always kind. ALWAYS. The kindness in her heart made the work she did for the poor of Calcutta bearable and she was able to recruit many volunteers. For four decades, Mother Teresa worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor. Her love knew no bounds. Nor did her energy, as she crisscrossed the globe pleading for support and inviting others to see the face of Jesus in the poorest of the poor. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On September 5, 1997, God called her home. Blessed Teresa was canonized by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016 (Franciscan Press).
It is the kindness she gave to every person that gave her the energy to persist and persevere. Sometimes we think that we do not have enough energy to give all that we need to be the light of Christ. We tell ourselves that we do not have the ability to be kind and helpful to everyone. But kindness is a renewable resource. The more you give the more you have to give.
Kindness is simple but it is also what calls us to open ourselves up and be vulnerable. It can be very difficult to be kind. Sometimes being kind can lead you to people who are very hurt and struggling. This kindness requires courage and faith. This is the kindness that led Mother Teresa to the streets of Calcutta. This type of kindness is what will make you a saint. Let’s remember Mother Teresa and her call to serve everyone of God’s people. Let’s live each day with kindness.
Bob’s Market House “Tools for School” receipt program is back. All Bobs receipts dated September 1 through March 31 can be turned into the school office or put in the canister by the elevator.
Sacred Heart will be doing the Annual Walk of Faith Prayer Walk on Wednesday, September 30. If you have a special request for prayers, please email to email@example.com an we will be sure to include it during our prayer walk.
Anne Atkin, principal
Sacred Heart School
Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.
Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.