“noble beyond her years”

Please read this updated post about Kayla-

A Shining Spirit- Kayla Mueller

 

 

I cannot think of anything else worth saying today other than to express my sadness  for and sympathy to the family of Kayla Mueller. On  the evening news last night I heard Kayla’s aunt describe her as “noble beyond her years.”

I had never heard of Kayla until a few days ago, but her story touches my heart. I have a son about the same age; and like her, his work and passions take him all over the world. I cannot imagine getting an email like the one her parents received confirming her death.

At only 26 years old, Kayla had already traveled to India, Israel, Palestine and Syria on humanitarian endeavors and in Arizona worked at a women’s shelter and with AIDS patients, according to the news reports. And in a letter she wrote to her family from captivity, she expressed regret that she was causing them pain.

I hope the memory of this beautiful young woman brings some comfort to their grieving hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meeting Mother Teresa -Tuesday Travels

I made a business trip to Peoria Illinois, a place I had never been before.   To pass some time while waiting for my flight ,I drove around the city and  discovered this magnificent church near downtown. I wasn’t expecting to find anything like this.

This is the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1889.  The Peoria Public library tells the story of the church at this link.

statue of Mother Teresa in the church yard
statue of Mother Teresa in the church yard

Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa took her final vows as a nun in 1937 , taught in India for 17 years before her 1946 “call within a call” to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor.

Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony.

In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. In December 2015, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for her to be canonized as a saint in 2016. (source biography.com)

doors to the Cathedral of St Mary

 Mother Teresa visited Peoria Illinois in 1960 to speak before a Catholic women’s group.  She told them,

“I am a poor woman that prays.

God has not called us to be successful, but to be helpful.”

 (photographs by Dr. Aletha)

 

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No Greater Love is the essential wisdom of Mother Teresa — the most accessible, intimate, and inspiring book of her teachings. Thematically arranged to present her revolutionary vision of Christianity in its graceful simplicity, the book features her thoughts on love, generosity, forgiveness, prayer, service, and what it means to be a Christian. A passionate testament to deep hope and abiding faith in God, No Greater Love celebrates the life and work of one of the world’s most revered spiritual teachers.”

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