Mother Teresa left a lasting impression on the world. A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve tells much of her story in her own words and in the words of those who knew her. While I am not Catholic, I appreciate the work and life of Mother Teresa, and I have enjoyed reading this book.
This is a long book, more than 300 pages, and it is broken into chapters. Each one deals with a particular aspect of the work she accomplished. Although after awhile it becomes clear her one goal was to bring God's love to people through humble acts. She worked diligently for the homeless, to provide shelter, food, water, and love. Over and over she is quoted as talking about the homeless not only as people with no shelter but as people with no love. She didn't want anyone to feel alone or forgotten.
I think all of her dedication to children is what struck me the most. She worked tirelessly against abortion. She worked to remove children from deplorable conditions. She worked to heal families. Jesus called us to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Mother Teresa did just that. She didn't preach long sermons, she showed the love of Jesus through caring for those who are considered the least among us.
These days it seems many preachers spend their Sunday mornings preaching about love. They never go any further. They don't discuss ways to show God's love to people. It seems Mother Teresa never struggled with ways to love people. She just did whatever was practical whether it was praying for them, giving them a drink, or taking them to a safe place.