There is no more moving an example of the way contemplation of Christ's love in the Eucharist leads to discernment of his presence and service of him in "the distressing disguises of the poor" than that shown by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Because of her closeness to Jesus in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this woman who believes in Love has been able to translate the tenderness of loving into practice, as she simple recalls in the many stories of her "encounters" such as the following:

"I remember when we went to Australia, outside Melbourne--they call it "a reserve." People live there and the Sisters and I would go to the poor families and we helped them with their families. So I went to a little house and a man was there. I asked this man whether he would allow me to clean his house, but he said: "I'm all right." And I said to him that he would be more all right if he allowed me to do it. And so I started cleaning and washing his clothes. Then I saw a big lamp in that room: it was covered with dust and dirt. And I said to him: "Do you light this beautiful lamp?" And then he said: "For whom? For years nobody has visited me." and then I said to him: "Will you light the lamp if my Sisters come to you?" "Yes," he said. And so I cleaned the lamp and then the Sisters started going every evening to visit him. After two years I had completely forgotten about him. He sent me a message saying: "Tell my friend the light she lit in my life is still burning." (Address at the 43rd International Eucharistic Congress, Nairobi, August, 1985)

The Real Presence Through the Ages
Fr. Michael L. Gaudoin-Parker