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Mother Theresa and the Use of Scripture in Her Letters

Scripture in Letters - Matthew, 3 of 6:

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  • Number of Letter
  • Recipient of Letter
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Matt. 6:34 April 9, 1853

"Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof."

#1365 Reverend Dr. Schels

Matt. 7:13

Few will enter into heaven, the way thereto is narrow and who can walk thereon?

p. 29-30 Retreat Notes

Matt. 8:22 December 20, 1860

The sisters should, therefore, refrain from such curiosity, (questioning children about family affairs), and, according to the text in our Holy Rule, 'let the dead bury their dead.' and thank God they have left the world

#3201 Entire Congregation

Matt. 8:26 January 15, 1860

Surely He who with his almighty word once settled the wind and waves during a storm on the sea, can and will do the same today in these our troubled times.

#3020 Bishop of Brixin

Matt. 9:36 May 30, 1847

Yes, the good Lord Himself will take care of us as he did for his dear apostles and the poor people who followed him into the desert.

#714 * My dearly.

Matt. 9:36-37 NA

He (God) will provide, we know, for his distraught flock.

(on death of Cardinal Depenbrock)

#1310 Reverend Gaerth of Breslau

Matt. 9:36 May 19, 1853

so that the flock may have a Shepherd.

#1384 Bishop of Breslau

Matt. 9:36 August 23, 1855

In consideration of this situation I cannot but acquiesce and say with the Lord, 'I have compassion on the multitude.'

#1993 Sec. of Wurzburg

Matt. 9:37 August 26, 1856
think of our congregation in the event that you should meet talented young girls with divine vocations, because the harvest is great and the laborers all too few.

#2224 Reverend Professor

Matt. 9:37 February 2, 1876

How often we hear the distressing cry: the harvest is great, but laborers are becoming fewer.

#5133 Cardinal Protector de Luca

Matt. 10:14 November 14, 1871

They would shake the dust from their feet and leave Freistadt rather than enter into any obligation against the holy Roman Catholic faith, or act against it in any way.

#4630 Bishop of Lenz

Matt. 10:16 May 30, 1847

Jesus our dear Lord meant what He said when He warned us, "Be you, therefore, wise as serpents and simple as doves."

#714 * My dearly.


Matt. 10:16 January, 1867

wise as serpents in our professional dealings with the hostile world, and at the same time, simple as doves.

#4104 Congregation

Matt. 10:16 1869

is to combine the simplicity of the dove with the wisdom of the serpent.

#4405 Entire Congregation

Matt. 10:22 December 8, 1850

Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved.

#949 Entire Congregation

Matt. 10:42 1835 or 1836

Our merciful Lord, who does not let a cup of cold water go unrewarded.

#44 & #45 Mr. Zellner

Matt. 10:42 July 12, 1836

He who will reward even a cup of cold water in his name, will surely reward your every step in our behalf.

#52 Mr. Kellner

Matt. 11:12 October 4, 1853

How painful is every good endeavor; yet, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and as your Reverence consistently uses this violence, you will receive the Kingdom.

#1476 Reverend Katz of Hirschau

Matt. 11:12 October 11, 1855

Conditions there are inimical to the Kingdom of God, which suffers violence everywhere.

#2044 written by S. Joseph Hermanna for Theresa

Matt. 11:12 February 22, 1859

These happen whenever the sisters are asked to take over the schools; the kingdom of God suffers violence and contradictions from the world.

#2832 Frances Schwarz

Matt. 11:29 October 2, 1823

We must gradually acquire serenity of spirit in the school of Christ, who said, 'Shoulder my yoke and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.'

p. 3-4 Retreat Notes

Matt. 11:29 September 24, 1824

He can become meek since Jesus who commands us to be so cannot command the impossible

p. 14-15 Retreat Notes

Matt. 11:29 July 30, 1859

Do not forget, dear children, to go to the school of Jesus, and learn from Him not how to build new worlds or work miracles, but to become humble and gentle of spirit

#2941 Postulants

Matt. 11:29 April 15, 1871

Learn of me, because I am meek and humble of heart.

#4554 Dear Children of God

Matt. 11:29 April 5, 1876

for the Divine Bridegroom desires of his bride the virtues of meekness and humility above all. These are his favorite virtues, and according to his own word we ought to imitate him in this most of all.

#5148 Sister Eutropia


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