By Linda E. Tully
At the end of the press conference that followed Mother Teresa’s address to a packed audience at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in June 1986, she offered some unexpected yet sage advice to the journalists present.
Continuing her theme of the joy of loving, she spoke of the importance of loving one’s job and working for the glory of God and the good of others rather than for personal glory or recognition. She called on journalists to embrace the opportunity to serve others by seeking the truth and choosing words carefully.
I have forgotten her exact words but have always thought they conveyed her view of all work as having the potential to be a thing of beauty as much as a blessing and an act of prayer.
Her brief and heartfelt words affirm the sacredness of work as much as they challenge us to give it purpose and meaning. In a conscious way, we can offer ourselves and all aspects of our labors, great and small, in daily prayer for the glory of God, seeking to serve and not be served; finding the face of Christ in every individual; and reflecting his light back to that person joyfully and compassionately, in every thought, every word, every action.
Thirty years after Saint Teresa of Kolkata visited our then-young Diocese of San Jose, her message on that summer evening still rings true. We, the faithful of this growing church, join our work to hers by keeping the Word of God at the heart of all we do as instruments of faith, love, hope and peace to each and every one of his people.