Cappuccino Soul

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Giving Freely

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From In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers by Mother Teresa

At a seminary in Bangalore, a nun once said to me, “Mother Teresa, you are spoiling the poor people by giving them things free. They are losing their human dignity.”

When everyone was quiet, I said calmly, “No one spoils as much as God himself. See the wonderful gifts God has given us freely. All of you here have no glasses, yet you all can see. If God were to take money for your sight, what would happen? Continually we are breathing and living on oxygen that we do not pay for. What would happen if God were to say, “If you work four hours, you will get sunshine for two hours?” How many of us would survive then?”

Then I also told them, “There are many congregations that spoil the rich; it is good to have one congregation in the name of the poor, to spoil the poor.”

There was profound silence; nobody said a word after that.

When I read this passage by Mother Teresa, I couldn’t help but think of the universal healthcare (the abandoned “public option”) that we don’t have in this country (for the have-nots).

2 comments:

canada horizon said...

My first experience with cappuccino was at Tim Horton’s. If you aren’t aware of Tim Horton’s, then you are probably not Canadian, it is a fast food version of a coffee shop. You can go through a drive through, order a cappuccino, or a regular coffee or an iced cappuccino through a little box and then drive away. You can also go into a Tim Horton’s and drink it right in the shop but that seems to be a rare occurrence, at least for me.

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Tim's cappuccino sounds delicious. Hopefully, one day I'll get to have some too.
Thanks for commenting!
Alicia