September 3, 2017



The verses in the box below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.

Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.

Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.

Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.

Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.

Some sources say that the words were found on the wall in her own room. In any case, their association with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity has made them popular worldwide, expressing as they do the spirit in which they lived their lives.

They seem to be based on a composition called The Paradoxical Commandments, originally penned by Dr. Kent Keith, who wrote them when he was still a college student. In the Mother Teresa version, much of the second half has been re-written in a more spiritual way. I decided to include these here today because every now and then I think it could be helpful for people on both sides of the fence (if you know what I mean).

My comments about vocations at the end of Mass a few weeks ago were reflective of my feelings about individuals in our world who are the naysayers and purveyors of fear and negativity.

Negative comments frequently come to me indirectly as rumors, but sometimes more directly as with letters found on my office door- signed and unsigned.

The most recent piece of mail was actually an article from the local newspaper. Apparently some young fellow exposed himself to a girl in the park not too far from us. The comment attached to the article was, “I hope this kid doesn’t learn about our ‘Trinity Trail’ prayer path”. Well, I presume this person’s concerns about safety would naturally extend to the retreat house idea as well. But my question for this concerned individual would be if it also extends even further to Eucharistic Adoration. Every hour on the hour for over 15 years now individuals have come to our church in the dark hours of the night, often by themselves, to do adoration. To the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever been assaulted, insulted, raped, murdered, molested, mugged or even “mooned”.

Nevertheless, if there’s anybody out there who feels we should discontinue Eucharistic Adoration between dusk and dawn, please make your feelings known at a Parish Council meeting and we will discuss it at length.

I have always had an open-door policy and yes, some people do come and talk to me personally. My door is always open to discuss any of your concerns and I try to be as gracious as I can, but in the case of unsigned letters I think it’s fair that the concerns expressed therein may be discussed publicly.

~Fr. John


Please join us at Mass this coming Tuesday night on the Feast day of St. Teresa of Calcutta.

I am also looking forward to seeing you at our Parish Picnic next Sunday, especially those of you who have not ever been to one—please come! Join us!

The men of Holy Spirit Parish are invited to join the men of St. Mary’s in Pinckney on their annual Retreat at St. Paul of the Cross in Detroit on Sep. 22-24. If interested or for more info, call Dale Pepper 734-878-9454 or Kevin Wiley 517-219-7112.  Fr. J

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