I met Mother Teresa when I was just 16. Here’s what she taught me

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I was 16-years-old and holding my breath as I backed up against a narrow corridor in a convent in New York City. The door opened and a tiny woman in a sari with blue stripes on the edges was being helped up the stairs and into the building. 

When Mother Teresa got to me, she took my hands in hers, looked up at me and into my eyes and asked me when I was coming to Calcutta. I nervously lied and said, “soon, very soon.” That was more than two decades ago and I have not gone to Calcutta. I still can’t believe I lied to Mother Teresa. 

I hope she forgave me. I would still love to go to Calcutta and help her nuns, the Missionaries of Charity, to care for the poorest of the poor. But since that time when I met the saint as a teenager, Mother Teresa and her life have been a constant fixture in my heart as I cannot help but be enamored by her selflessness and her life of constant prayer and wanting to help others. It’s something that has deeply affected me and I always recall

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