Less than two months before her death, Mother Teresa composed a thoughtful reply to a request for her autograph. In it she states, “More important than autograph is what we do for Jesus and through Him for others.”

She invites the man who made the request to “look around and see — there are so many in the world who are lonely, unwanted, who have no one to call their own — may be in our own home” and ultimately encourages him to “be the sunshine of God’s love to your own — for this is where our love for each other must start.”

Letter from Mother Teresa displayed with her photo from the Mercury One historical collection. Photo courtesy of Mercury One

What are some lessons we can learn and apply from examining this piece of history?

Why do you think she said it is “easy to love the people far away” and “easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home?” Could it be that we each have a responsibility to love “our own” portion of humanity?


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Closeup of Mother Teresa’s letter from the Mercury One historical collection. Photo courtesy of Mercury One.

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