St. Teresa of Calcutta was a woman known and loved for her tender work among the poorest of the poor. Behind her drive and desire to serve Christ's poor was a profound understanding of the thirst of God for man, and man's thirst for God. This guided meditation on Scripture and the teaching of Mother Teresa will lead those who read it into the heart of the mystery of God's thirst for souls, and how man can meet the Lord's thirst. Fr. Joseph Langford, an intimate friend of Mother Teresa's and a co-founder with her of the Missionary of Charity Fathers, leads the reader into Mother Teresa's love of God, and helps foster the love of God in the heart of the reader.
Divided into seven main sections, these meditations will provoke prayer on:
- The Dynamics of Thirst
- Prayer as Thirst
- Our Lady's Example in Meeting God's Thirst
- Thirst in the Service of God
- Sharing in the Thirst of Christ
- Jesus as the Incarnation of God's Thirst
- Satiated Thirst
I Thirst provides an opportunity to spend a few minutes every day with Mother Teresa and the thirst of our Lord. It provides an opportunity to grow in intimacy, and to meet the thirst of God with our own thirst for him.
''Father Langford's reflections take us into the heart of Mother Teresa's spirituality. Based on his close relationship with Mother and his own contemplation and teaching on this theme, these meditations help us encounter God more in our thirst for Him and His thirst for us.''
— Edward P. Sri, S.T.D., Vice President of Formation, Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)
''Ironically, in a world supposedly overflowing with self-esteem, many, many people cannot believe that 'God thirsts' for them. This little book makes a convincing scriptural case that it is true! And moves us to love God, ourselves, and others better because of it. It is a perfect gem of spiritual reading.''
— Helen M. Alvaré, Professor of Law, The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
''Fr. Langford was confessor and retreat master for Mother Teresa's religious sisters, as well as her confidante, in a privileged position to know the secrets Jesus had confided to her. Thus to have in this book, I Thirst, Fr. Langford's retreat notes on Mother's understanding of Jesus' cry from the cross, is to have a priceless treasure. The untold riches of Mother Teresa's heart which are nothing but the untold riches of Christ's own Heart are here before us in these pages.''
— Suzie Andres, author of Homeschooling with Gentleness, A Little Wa