There are tears for Teresa today.
Strangely, she was a mother
who never bore a child of her own,
but who carried children of all ages in her heart.
The smallest of the small,
Teresa bore the suffering of the poorest of the poor
as though it was her own.
In gutters of human waste, she gave her life away.
In so giving, she offered life to those dying to be loved.
For Teresa time with people was never wasted.
She hastened to remind us that in each face
(no matter how diseased or despised)
one could see the eyes of Jesus.
And isn't it ironic that while the world grieves the untimely passing
of the people's princess (a queen of beauty),
Heaven celebrates Teresa's full life of duty to the Father.
It was a duty to which Mother surrendered humbly, gladly.
It is a duty to which we, too, are called.
To preach the Gospel to the poor.
To heal the brokenhearted.
To proclaim deliverance to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind.
To set at liberty those who are oppressed.
And to that end we join arms with Sisters of Charity around the world
to embrace Teresa's memory and to emulate her example
for Jesus' sake and for the sake of those for whom He died.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.