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Mother Teresa's mission
Mother Teresa had a favorite anecdote that she used to tell about suffereing.
"I never forget one day when I met a lady who was dying of cancer and I could see the way she was struggling with that terrible pain. And I said to her, I said, you know this is but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Him on the cross that He can kiss you. And she joined her hands together and said, 'Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me'."
Mother Teresa explained her story by saying, "This is the joy of suffering, the kiss of Jesus. Do not be afraid to share in that joy of suffering with Him because He will never give us more suffering than we are able to bear."
But she seemed to have struggled with being overwelmed at times. Mother Teresa also said, "I know God won't give me anything I can't handle, but I just wish he didn't trust me so much!"
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