In various writings and speeches, Mother Theresa revealed that she thought of herself as both a “saint of darkness” and “a pencil in the hand of God.” As she put it simply, “I heard the call to give up all and follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor. It was an order.”
Here she frames her compassion into a prayer for the poor and neglected—a prayer that comes from her entering into suffering.
Make us worthy, Lord,
to serve those people throughout the world
who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread,
and by our understanding love,
give them peace and joy.
Let this be our prayer, Lord.