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Mother Theresa and the Use of Scripture in Her Letters

Scripture in Letters - John: 2 of 3

Each citation has the following:

  • Scripture Text Cited, Date of Letter or NA ( Not Available)
  • Text from Letter Itself
  • Number of Letter
  • Recipient of Letter

John 14:13 1870

Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you.

#4521 Entire Congregation

John 14:13 NA

Let us henceforth pray in this most holy name, Jesus, and we shall be heard.

#4523 Novices of Gorizia

John 14:14 March 3, 1863

Ask and we shall be given everything we need to achieve perfection

#3520 Novices of Gorizia

John 15:2-3 March 15, 1822

This purification I leave in the hands of the Vinedresser. He will trim and prune the branches, although this be painful.

p. 1 Retreat Notes

John 15:5 October 2, 1823

How can a branch be a branch if it is not attached to the vine? How can we become renewed as we are destined to be by God Himself, if we do not receive the eternally New, and are not united with him?

p. 5 Retreat Notes

John 15:4-5 October 21, 1841

Like the vine torn from its branch which withers and dies, in vain do you expect fruit from it.

#294 Royal Inspector at Amberg

John 15:5 September 24, 1824

Without me you can do nothing.

p. 13-14 Retreat Notes

John 15:5 July 30, 1859

Without Jesus we can do nothing.

#2941 Postulants

John 15:6 Before 1859

A branch cut from the tree must die sooner or later.

#2784 & 2785 Entire Congregation

John 15:6 1859

A branch which cuts itself off from the stem withers away and is thrown into the fire.

#3006 Entire Congregation

John 15:6 March 3, 1863

A branch torn from the tree dries up and ends in the fire.Thus will our Order fare, if we the sisters, do not preserve our unity as the apple of our eye.

#3520 Novices of Gorizia

John 15:16 NA

He has chosen you from the world as his possession

#4523 Novices of Gorizia

John 15:16 November 15, 1877

You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, says the good Lord.

#5304 Novices of Baltimore


John 15:20 September 11, 1855

This, in his Divine Providence, which does not will things to be better for the servants than they were for the Master

#2021 Reverend Spiritual Advisor

John 15:20 March 3, 1863

We are misjudged and despised by the world, but in a short while we shall again see our heavenly bridegroom.

#3520 Novices of Gorizia

John 15:20 August 30, 1875

.As they have persecuted me, they will persecute you.

#5089 Admininstrator at Mellrichstadt

John 16:8 September 24, 1824

By our active effort to follow Jesus we show our love of him, and he will love us according to his divine nature. Thus, God the Father, too, loves us, because he sees in us his only son, whom he loves. The entire circle of love is thus entirely completed, and the kingdom of God is opened wide.

pp. 12-13 Retreat Notes

John 16:13 March 23, 1841

Yes, He makes all things right. If only He will send us His Holy Spirit, He may do with us what He likes.

#248 Bishop of Ratisbon

John 16:13 September 24, 1824

"If we wish to imitate Jesus, we must make his spirit our own."

p. 12 Retreat Notes

John 16:20 May 30, 1847

You will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice.

#714 * My dearly.

John 16:20 March 3, 1863

Then our brief sorrow will turn to joy.

#3520 Novices of Gorizia

John 16:33 September 14, 1856

Unfriendly groups have fought the plan for eighteen years, yet the Lord conquers.

#1720 Reverend Max Barth

John 17:3 September 10, 1831

And this heaven begins for the blessed here on earth. "This is eternal life," says Jesus Christ, "that they may know you O Father, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."

p. 29 Heaven Retreat Notes

John 17:12,21 September 25, 1824

In Holy Communion we unite ourselves with the holy humanity, as also with the divinity, and thus we are one with him and he with us. In being one we shall also be one through him with the Father, and the Father with us. Then we shall be one with the Son and the Father, in union with divinity and with one another in communion.

p. 17-18 Retreat Notes

John 17:12 November 23, 1877

Hers were the words of the Lord, "Holy Father, I have kept them in your name whom you have given me and none of them has been lost.

#5311 Entire Congregation

(written by sisters remembering the night Mother Theresa almost died)

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