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  Mother Teresa
by Richard Lee Orey
Sunday, August 26, 2007
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A solemn tribute to a saintly life.


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                                                         "Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen, 
                                                         for God speaks in the silence of the heart."
                                                         Mother Teresa, 1910-1997 




                        Mother Teresa
                                                                               (Reading by Richard Lee Orey) 


                                                                                In dark of night, before sunrise,

                                                                                God breathed life into her soul,

                                                                                And the Angel of Mercy began her work

                                                                                To love and to console.


                                                                                From Ireland to India,

                                                                                Her work remained the same:

                                                                                Love and care for all the weak

                                                                                To glorify His name.


                                                                                ’Twas the Angel of Calcutta,

                                                                                Her name as known by some,

                                                                                And Missionaries of Charity

                                                                                Her work would soon become.


                                                                                It wasn’t about the feeling,

                                                                                But more about her will.

                                                                                In service to the destitute,

                                                                                His work she would fulfill.


                                                                                Whether poor or sick or dying

                                                                                Or a child of city slum,

                                                                                Her fire of love burned constantly,

                                                                                Her faith would not succumb.


                                                                                In blue-bordered sari and sandals,

                                                                                Compassion and mercy undone,

                                                                                The bride of Jesus worked endlessly,

                                                                                As caring and love was won.


                                                                                “Come be My Light,” He’d told her,

                                                                                “Into the holes of the poor.

                                                                                Give them love and dignity

                                                                                Until you are no more.”


                                                                                Our Mother Teresa is gone, now,

                                                                                Her lifeless body dead.

                                                                                She showed us faith and dedication,

                                                                                With sainthood just ahead.


                                                                                God’s loving example prepared us,

                                                                                Our future holds no dread,

                                                                                For in doing His will as He has asked

                                                                                Our Heaven is just ahead.


                                                                                For in doing His will as He has asked,

                                                                                Our Heaven is just ahead.




                                                                                Richard Lee Orey
                                                                                Copyright 2007


                                                               AUTHOR'S NOTATION:  
                                                               REGARDING THE ISSUE OF UNWAVERING FAITH, I INVITE YOUR ATTENTION 
                                                              TO CHRIST'S FINAL HOUR:  "..Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, 'E'li E'li, 
                                                               la'ma sabachtha'ni?'
 that is, 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'"  
                                                                                                                                             --The Holy Bible, KJV, Mathew 27:46




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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
Wonderful tribute to a woman who truly deserved to be called a saint.
Would there were more!!

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia
Praise the LORD for your good report and return, dear Brother Richard!
Prayers have not ceased..

'Mother Teresa' is an incredible homage to this most-faithful of the LORD's servants.. the truth and passion in your voice reflects the power of your own faith, and I firmly believe many... yes many, will be drawn to Him because of it.

Love & Hugs & Rejoicing over you, Rhonda
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader)
didn't hear it but the words are great. a beautiful person she was. So glad to hear you are better
Reviewed by Micki Peluso

You have the most wonderful reading voice--it just mesmerizes me and your poems are moving and comforting. I am so glad you are on the road to full recovery--I will keep you in my prayers,

Micki Peluso
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Happy to read that you are doing better...AMEN!!

And thank you for sharing this poem....sorry I missed it the first time !!

A fine tribute to Mother Teresa!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kathryn Seifert
This is simply wonderful. I commend you. Very touching and the reading adds to the quality of the experience. Hop you are feeling better.
With kindest regards,
Reviewed by Thurman Faison
Excellent, worthy interpretation of this handmaiden of the Lord
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart
I deeply respected Mother Teresa, if I could have met any one person living in my time, it would have been her. Your tribute is exceptional.
Reviewed by Sheri Uy
Dear Richard, I am so glad that I didn't miss this one. This was obviously written with pure wisdom and a loving heart full of spiritual inspiration. I hope I would be able to write something of this kind, someday... Godwilling. Blessinngs to you.

Reviewed by Inspire Hope
Richard this tribute to Mother Theresa
moved my heart, and reminded me of the
compassion of Jesus Christ! such humility
Though mother Theresa is gone her work will
continue to speak for her, for she did all
of her works with the compassion of Jesus
Christ! God bless you Richard for sharing,
you too are a blessing to so many others
and to me! Thank you!

Love And Prayers
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota
I cried throughout this write, for in my heart you touched the Christ in me and I love Mother Theresa for she was the shinning example of Christ's Light...where can I purchase your audio of this? I am forwarding this to my friends and my wonderful mother in-law. God bless You....
Reviewed by Christine Alwin
....she is gone, but remains forever..may we each embrace her teachings and gifts of love for all and spread goodness to one and another.
Reviewed by JMS Bell
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler
What a lovely tribute to one who showed us what it is to give, to love and to serve. Touched my heart.
ps. re: your notation. I've always understood it to demonstrate the depth of despair Christ experienced on the cross, as if dieing wasn't enough, but to be separated from his Father for the first time was to experience the weight of the world's sin upon his body and mind. In addition, God is not able to look upon sin, only the sinner, and especially the sinner saved by grace.
Blessings J'nia
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle
Richard, This is such a wonderful rememberance of her.You really capture her spirituality. I sent in a manuscript using her quotes and reflections for each quote, so, as you can guess I did alot of research. At times I felt she was right with me.She is a person I look up to. Thank you again.
With love,
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske
A fine loving tribute to Mother Teresa, if we all took a moment to live as she has this world would be so grand, she was born as light and remained light throughout her life here on earth, if everyone knew how to depend upon the Lord in each and ever day, this world would be only Love, Blessing's to you Valerie
Reviewed by Leann Marshall
Mother Teresa saw (and lived among) the dregs of humanity--helping, feeding, nursing, giving hope wherever there was none. That is where her saintliness lay: hers was a life not caught up in the spotlight of beauty, rather she delved by choice into dark, filthy, lice-ridden, unimaginable places with no beauty at all. And there she thrived, a symbol of what is really beautiful about being human.
Thank you, Richard, for this beautiful tribute to a special woman.
Reviewed by John Domino
Thank you for such a compassionate poem.

"Doing His will"....Mother T left a humble but awsome Christ loving legacy.

We can only hope and pray to leave the same for our children...

Reviewed by Debra Baker
Richard, this poem was a beautiful tribute to such a remarkable woman.
A Saint, she most definetly was. She took hearts that had turn to stone and gave them faith. She gave love where fear had taken it away. She took sufferage and gave back humanity...A Saint she will be for eternity.
Reviewed by Michael Carbone
What a beautiful and moving poem. What a great world we would have if more people were like Mother Teresa. Thank you Richard for such a moving and memorable poem.

Rev. Michael Carbone
Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader)
Nothing like reading and remembering the raw truth and true meaning of life. Takes you out of your self absorbed pity-party world to think to yourself that our suffering is so small compared to the sufferings of others. It truly is better to give than receive without ever expecting anything in return. Thanks for this daily grounding. Deborah:)
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
This is a beautifully written and expressed tribute to such an amazing woman
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana
Dear Richard, your poem expresses your feelings and your understanding of her life.
God gave us three wonderful tools:
1.The power of creation. We can project and create whatever we want to fulfill the creation we received
2. The power of love and the will to maintain and complete whatever we have created
3. The faith in our heart .
Those three powers, God has given to Mother Theresa. The more you fulfill the more you will receive without interruption.
Your poem is holy, and keep it in your heart. Congratulations, I believe that I don’t have to say more. You understand in your heart what I mean. Love Emile

About your notation: The day will come and you will understand why he said those words 'E'li, E'li, la'ma sabachtha'ni
Reviewed by Theresa Koch
This was wonderfully done~`*
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
This poem describes everything that she was and will always be.Wonderful poem

Reviewed by Lynda Nilus (Reader)
Without a doubt, Mother Teresa touched more souls with true love and kindness than anyone on earth in her time. Poet Richard Lee Orey captured the life of Mother Teresa in spinning a wonderful tribute to all her goodness. May she rest in peace.

Lynda Nilus, Avid Reader
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysa
Reviewed by Axilea MU
She is a symbol of real commitment, a wonderful woman.

Reviewed by Liana Margiva
Very nice, very nice poem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
...have been on vacation and in just returning to the den tonight, I decided, out of many, that I would choose to read, Richard Orey. . .

This is a wonderful tribute, to one very spiritually fullfilled woman, who, having lived my life knowing her, I have grown to understand her purpose and respect, even more, the authority from where it came. Because of her existence here on earth...I am a better person...
Thank you for bringing her back in my focus...and sharing this excellent pen, Richard.
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
A UnSelfish Human being of a our time!
I hope to aspire to! DAILY and not afraid to say, what my heart wants TODAY! LOVE - ACTION - To BELIEVE/etc.
Your beautiful meaningful tribute did her sublime!
Her heart *(from what I read out of her #3 books I own)this poem Richard is a gem!
WArmly, Warrior Lady Sheeeoox

STay Postive!
Reviewed by Sharon Jordan
A beautiful tribute to a Lady of Integrity.

Reviewed by ROCK-Salt! Proctor
A MASTERfully written MASTER'Spiece Rock
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
A fine tribute indeed, Richard. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace,

Reviewed by David Perry
I am so very happy to see this remarkable poem here on the Den. I know I'm in the right place. A worthy and fitting tribute to a true modern day saint.
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath

Richard this poem is outstandingly beautiful and ever heart touching. As a lover, admirer I looked up to Mother Teresa what a giving saint. I feel she and her works are a part of my consciousness and not afraid to say so. She paved the way and was a living legacy and example of disciples.

Thank you for sharing yet another touching and aspiring write,

Reviewed by Jerry Engler
Very great work, Richard. Just as Mother Teresa illustrates that there can't be love without works, she also reminds us that there can't be faith without awareness of the lack of faith, the fear of being godless. I am happy that such a great soul as yours cares to share with the rest of us...Jerry
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
This is absolutely wonderful and a delicately written spiritual piece. She was truely a Saint and gave her life to the Lord for what she believed was right and just.....

Be safe,
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce
A beaautiful tribute to a beautiful lady specially-chosen by God. She will continue to live in our hearts for a very long time.

Sandie May Angel
Reviewed by xxxxxxxxxx yyyyy (Reader)
What a beautiful tribute to a fantastic women who saw beauty and love in everyone.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

I heard this weekend that Mother Teresa felt unworthy to continue to call on her life, to serve the poorest of the poor. May we be like her. You've penned a beautifully moving tribute to her and challenge us to be like her. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Richard thank you for this most glorious well deserved tribute to Mother Teresa! She is a saint and her doubt proves how very close to God she was,and is!We believers know that the closer we come to Creator the more Satan tries to stop us. He is the one who sows doubt into us and it only gets more intense ,the more we do to honor God.That is the answer to her writings of doubt, and the most holy people throughout the Bible have it too. Your poem is outstanding! Bless you!

Reviewed by Art Sun
Nice work Richard, you pay tribute to one who gave her life to the needs of others without thought of her own....

She is the inspiration of many...

Mother Teresa will live long within the memories of the many she inspired and helped...

Art Sun...

Reviewed by Connie Faust
A beauiful poem for a beautiful person.
Her memory is being undermined now because of the things she wrote about her faith, or lack of it.
Many of God's children have questioned Him. What about Job, who was thrown for a loop by his terrible calamities?

David wrote some of the psalms questioning God. God values sincerity, and wants truth from His followers.

Those who follow the Lord are also under greater attack by Satan and his cohorts, who try to fill the mind with doubts. One who gives her all is a handy target, especially if she is hungry and overworked, which is how I picture Mother Teresa.

It's too bad that the media try to undermine her value because she questioned God.

God knew her heart and heard her prayers.

Reviewed by Pamilla deLeon- Lewis
" For in doing His will as He has asked,Our heaven is just ahead."
What a wonderful and well deserved tribute to an example of true humility and love. Mother Teresa is my heroine and you have captured her virtues so well...Richard this is a beautifully written/ inspirational poetry. Thanks.
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins
Outstanding. especially since she was a part of today's sermon.
Reviewed by blue soplain
amazing tribute; did you paint that??? beautifully rendered. .all creative sorts i see. . .a link of art to heART. . .a beautiful soul deserves such beauty as this........
Reviewed by Walt Hardester
Excellent Richard, good to read you again

Reviewed by Rafiriio Daniels
This was an xcellent display of expression
Reviewed by Ann Scarborough
She was the greatest of the saints. She was a light in the night and saved so many with her unending love. Thank you Richard, for this inspiring poem. Would that we could all be more like her.

Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader)
She was truly a special woman and an example for others to follow. Thank you for sharing this delightful inspiring poem Richard, Blessings, Holly
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader)
A true saint despite she suffered from the darkness of the soul. All saints go through such a period. Hers was the longest. Yet she did what God wanted from her. She helped the least of God's children. Victor
Reviewed by Elizabeth Parsons
Mother heroine for all times. Such a lovely tribute and one that is more than justly deserved. Thank you, Richard. Elizabeth
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo
Your tribute is inspiring. "For in doing His will as He has asked, Our heaven is just ahead." Simple words, yet a difficult task. As each of us aspires to go to heaven, it is important to remember to do "as He asked" Your words always fill me heart with you. God has truly given you a wonderful gift, and you generously share it with the rest of us. THANK YOU! Kathy
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
Without a doubt, Richard, this is one of your best. You've characterized Mother Teresa with the qualities that made her one of the most saintly servants to mankind of our times. Calling her the "Angel of Mercy" is an apt description. We can only guess at the number of people she helped along her life's journey.

Beautifully written!
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
A well deserved tribute to a wonderful lady who left a lasting impression on many..well written my friend!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by richard cederberg
An excellent poetic tribute to a fine soul ...

Incidentally ... I read this week, Richard, that Mother Teresa struggled with her faith in God. I was shaken by these confessions found in her notes and memoirs. Apparently it began when she began her work in Calcutta. And apparently, according to her own words, the peaceful presense of Gods Holy Spirit never came back. I found this perplexing to say the least.

Blessings ...
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
A very simple truth, Richard. Daily meditation and a mind-adjuster, Mother Teresa's words should be embroidered in needlepoint on a Whitman Sampler with her likeness and framed for wall hanging. And your words need engraved on garden statuary in your rose garden where the Orey's hummingbird reminds us of such wisdom - thanks for watering our souls today...Blessed Be.

Reviewed by Jean Pike
Richard, a very beautiful and moving tribute to one of the most humble and remarkable women of our time.
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