In the lives of many saints, we notice that they recognized the essence of their calling in a word from God. We only need to think of the role played in the vocation of St. Anthony the Abbot by the word from the Gospel, “Go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, . . . and come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21). We can think of the role that the verse “Let the children come to me” (19:14) played in the lives of saintly educators or of the role that the verse “Mary has chosen the good portion” (Luke 10:42) played for many contemplatives.
It is not difficult to recognize what this key word was for Mother Teresa of Calcutta: the cry of Christ on the cross, Sitio, “I thirst.”...
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