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Excerpted from In the Heart of the World by Mother Teresa. Copyright 1997 by New World Library. Excerpted by permission of New World Library. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"He told the sisters, 'I want to go and leave this bed for somebody else who may need it as much as I needed it when I came here.'"

Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World, Part 2

For some time now, we have had a small community of sisters in Guatemala. We came there during the earthquake of 1972 that caused so much damage.

The sisters in Guatemala came to love and serve, as they do everywhere, They told me something beautiful about a very poor man who was picked up from the city streets and brought to one of our homes. He was very sick, disabled, hungry, and helpless. But somehow, with the help he received he got well again.

He told the sisters, "I want to go and leave this bed for somebody else who may need it as much as I needed it when I came here."

Now he has a job. I don't think he earns much, but he is working. Every time he gets a little money, he remembers the other disabled people who are in the home and comes to see them.

He always brings something for them. Even with the little he has, he always brings something.

This is the great gift of our poor people: the love they have.

In Calcutta, we cook for nine thousand people very day. One day a. sister came and said, "Mother, there's nothing to eat, nothing to give the people." I had no answer. And then by nine o'clock that morning a truck full of bread came to our house. The government gives a slice of bread and milk each day to the poor children at school. But that day - no one in the city knew why - all the schools were closed suddenly. And all the bread came to Mother Teresa.

See, God closed the schools. He would not let our people go without food. And this was the first time in their lives I think, that these people had had such good bread and so much of it. This way you an see the tenderness of God.

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