Devotions from Mother Teresa/No Greater Love

“We know that if we really want to love, we must first learn to forgive before anything else.” We are all sinners needing forgiveness and we must be forgiven in order to be able to forgive others.  “Only in confession can we go as sinners with sin and come out as sinners without sin.” Confession is a place where we allow Jesus to take away from us everything that divides, that destroys. It is humility in action! Even our failures can be offered up to Him, and His mercy is greater than our sins as He forgives us.  Our souls should be like a transparent crystal through which God can be perceived. Sometimes our crystal is covered with dirt and we need to examine our conscience and ask Him to give us a clean heart.
We need knowledge of ourselves to see our faults and then to turn to Him in confession. What we considered a stumbling block in our lives can then become a rock we can step on, and this knowledge of our sin can help us to rise.
How wonderful to receive communion and know He washes our sins away and cleanses us. This is a tangible way He comes to us and we are united in love to Him.