Speaking Purpose: To pay tribute to Mother Teresa
Everybody knows Mother Teresa, right? She’s a nun who worked with poor people in India, and won the Nobel Prize. I love community service, and so she was a natural “gimme”. Except what I discovered is that she was way too complex to keep to four minutes. In the interest of time, I would like to share with you how she was called to serve, how she lived out that calling in practice, and about how she persevered despite her own suffering.
I. Mother Teresa was called to serve.
A. “a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action ” (Definition of Calling, 2007, 104)
B. She is called more than once.
Transition 1: I’ve told you how Mother Teresa was called to serve, and then called again specifically to serve the poorest of the poor, now I’m going to give you some examples of how she lived out her calling in practice.
II. Mother Teresa lived out her calling in practice.
A. She tends to the poorest of the poor.
B. "The sick, dying, beggars, and the little street children.”. (Mother Teresa & Kolodiejchuk, 2007, Appendix A)
Transition 2: I’ve given you a glimpse of how Mother Teresa lived out her calling in practice, in part by founding the Missionaries of Charity. Next I will tell you about how she persevered despite her own suffering.
III. Mother Teresa persevered despite her own suffering.
A. She felt abandoned by God.
B. Her faith allowed her to persevere.
I’ve just told you how Mother Teresa was called to serve, how she lived out her calling by serving the poorest of the poor, and that she persevered despite her own suffering caused by feeling abandoned by God for over 50 years. Although there hasn’t been enough time to do any more that touch on it; her story, as well as my feeling abandoned by God while preparing this assignment, has inspired me to reflect on what it takes to be dedicated and persevere. I hope her example will do the...