“Try . . . to increase your knowledge of this Mystery of Redemption—This knowledge will lead you to love—and love will make you share through your sacrifices in the Passion of Christ.
“My dear children—without our suffering, our work would just be social work, very good and helpful, but it would not be the work of Jesus Christ, not part of the redemption—Jesus wanted to help us by sharing our life, our loneliness, our agony and death. All that He has taken upon Himself, and has carried it in the darkest night. Only by being one with us He has redeemed us. We are allowed to do the same. All the desolation of the Poor people, not only their material poverty, but their spiritual destitution must be redeemed and we must have our share in it—pray thus when you find it hard—’I wish to live in this world which is so far from God, which has turned so much from the light of Jesus, to help them—to take upon me something of their suffering’—Yes, my dear children—let us share the sufferings—of our Poor—for only by being one with them—we can redeem them, that is, bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God.”
|| Mother Teresa, Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta