Mother Teresa & St. Francis de Sales on Having Compassion without Judgment

One of the Missionaries of Charity who lived with Mother Teresa had what Mother called a “terrible tongue.” After it flared up one day and caused a disturbance, Mother sent for the sister. 

The sister showed Mother a book where she had kept a tally of her efforts to control her tongue. She had succeeded nineteen times in overcoming herself. She had fallen once. 

“Nobody saw these nineteen,” Mother says in the book Where There is Love, There is God, “but all saw the fall….

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