The verses below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her.
Some sources say that the words below were written on the wall in Mother Teresa's own room. In any case, their association with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity has made them popular worldwide, expressing as they do, the spirit in which they lived their lives.
They seem to be based on a composition originally by Kent Keith, but much of the second half has been re-written in a more spiritual way. Both versions are shown below.
1. The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine
enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
-this version is credited to Mother Teresa
2. The Original Version:
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
"The Paradoxical Commandments" were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders._________________________________________
In the days just prior to Lent's beginning, it's fairly common to hear people discussing what they will be giving up. Denying oneself a favorite thing, or activity may help us to simulate the 40 days when Christ was in the deserted, repeatedly tempted by Satan. The goal? To come out on the other side, Easter, renewed in our faith with a strengthened spirit. But what if "Giving up" became "Giving: Up!"? That may illustrate a subtle difference grammatically, sure, but has the potential to reflect a big difference in personal growth at the end of Lent!
What is the difference? The difference lies in the details of what is given up (or given, in the case of things done vs not done), the joy with which the giving up is done, and the savoring of the experience.
Pastor Phil, from the Church of the Good Shepherd wrote a beautiful blog entry about the practice of giving up, which I think is a great example of Giving: Up.
Check it out: 20 things to give up for lent. By Pastor Phil
We are in Lent for nearly 40 more days. Make the most of each day!
By guest blogger, Gina Bouwhuis
Wow, what a difference a year makes!
At this time last year we talked to you about the life lessons we learned: patience, perseverance, flexibility, teamwork, and problem solving. Our road was a little bumpy last year, to say the least. This year we continue to apply those life lessons but our journey has been much smoother. I am not saying we haven’t had a few bumps along the way, but we are so much better and have accomplished so much this year. I would like to take a moment now to highlight a few of those accomplishments.
Our school now has a name that you helped research and vote on! We are Divine Providence Academy!
We have been blessed with an amazing leader! Mrs. DeYoung has come to us with a clear vision. Every decision she makes is based on what is best for all kids. She stands by her decisions even if they are unpopular with students, parents, or staff. I admire that about her. She always makes time for you. She could have a million things to do and if you ask her if she has a minute to discuss something, she will, and she always makes you feel like she has all the time in the world to help you figure out what you need. She is a tremendous mentor to her staff. She has guided all of us on how to use, plan, and implement the workshop method. She has chosen tremendous teachers that work countless hours so that you are receiving the best education possible.
Students are all at their just right learning levels. We have 2nd graders almost finished with 3rd grade math. We have 4th graders working in 5th grade math. We have 7th graders working in high school math! We have 8th graders that placed out of their 1st year math class in high school and can go right into geometry.
83% of you are reading at grade level or higher. Many of you are even off the charts! 92% of you are at grade level or above in your science scores! These are huge accomplishments and you should be so proud of all of your hard work. In fact, our growth rates have now reached some of the BEST in the Diocese of Grand Rapids and across the nation.
We have middle school students who wrote amazing persuasive essays. One essay even got our school to overturn the policy on wearing nail polish. Way to go, Celeste Lemieux!
We have a student led newspaper. We have a box top store that raised about $400 in its 1st year. We have collected over 20,000 points for Labels for Education. You have done amazing things this year!
We had Sr. Ann leading us in music and religion. Her passion for teaching these subjects shows. She put together an amazing Advent program and Spring Concert with all 3 campuses. It is such a joy to watch and listen to her band and see the progress they have made in such a short period of time.
We have students and Mrs. Hoogterp leading us in our liturgical music where we have students in the schola leading us in song, hand chimes, and various other instruments.
We had Mrs. Kary, Mrs. Goodno, and Mrs. Cramer who keep us all organized and in line! And believe me, that is no easy task!
We have parents and grandparents that are in our buildings every day volunteering. Whether it is reading with students, giving students spelling tests, doing flashcards, working in the library, planning field day, driving on field trips, volunteering at hot lunch or for recess duty, the list is endless. Our program wouldn’t be the success that it is without your help. So, a huge thank you goes to all of our volunteers.
In my opinion, at the end of the day, the most important part of our school is that we are always with God. It is in everything we do and everywhere we go. An example of this is when the 3rd-5th Graders from Saint Joseph Campus went on their Mackinac Field trip. On the way home they stopped at The Shrine of the Cross. The students were walking around touring the grounds. There was an outside Grotto that several students went into. When I walked in a few minutes later I saw that the students were in line, taking turns kneeling down, and saying a prayer. It brought tears to my eyes. No one was watching and no one told them to go in there and say a prayer. They did this on their own! Their faith is strong even when we are not around to witness it!
I have been in education for over 20 years and I have always felt that St. Joseph School was a great choice for my boys. But we are surrounded by good schools so it has always been just another choice. I don't feel that way anymore. The way that we are teaching and the way that our students are learning are better than any school around this area. There is no other school that can compete with what we are doing at Divine Providence Academy. I now I feel that we are not only a choice, but the BETTER choice.
My son, Erik, said to me one night that, “The kindergarteners are the luckiest because they get to start out learning this way and do you know how far they are going to be by the time they get to 8th grade?” My reply to that was, “I don’t know how far they will be, but I do know that the sky’s the limit!”
You have seen many visitors come to our campuses this year to see how you are learning and how we are teaching. I believe that for whatever reason God chose us, Little Divine Providence Academy of Coopersville Area/Ravenna to help lead and grow Catholic education around the country.
The tradition of our excellent Catholic education is not only alive, but it is thriving! So again I say,
Wow! What a difference a year makes!
It's official! Votes have been tallied, and Bishop Hurley has given his blessing for our school to become Divine Providence Academy. Our communities journey has sometimes been rocky, but God has provided us with many blessings in our school through the strengths and talents each campus community brings with them. He has given us amazing teachers, staff and students, and parents, grandparents and community supporters that lift our school up.
We look forward to what the future holds for our Divine Providence Academy family and know through Him great things lie ahead for students. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for our school and given of themselves to see us reach this next stage, so that we can continue to help students grow WINGS.
Information will be shared with the community regarding a celebration and official naming ceremony, once details are confirmed. Stay tuned!
The staff of WINGS at Divine Providence.
Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.
Divine Providence Academy
We definitely believe that WINGS is part of a larger plan, and that it is divine providence that we have found our new school purpose and destiny. This becomes more and more clear as schools all across the country reach out to us and ask for guidance and assistance in developing similar programs.
Just a few years ago we were facing closure; the end of over a century's worth of education. Now, we have new life and a new purpose. Amen!
Divine Child Academy
The image at right is of the Divine Child Jesus. His life was meant for something bigger; touching so many and creating the spiritual opportunity for all of us. As He grew older, Jesus walked an amazing path.
The Divinity of that path is sometimes beyond comprehension. That He had a childhood and adolescence is also sometimes overshadowed by His works in adulthood. There is so much that we can draw from the Divine Child; His destiny from birth to do wonderful things. His purpose to help others. His selflessness. For many, these are the hopes we have for our own children; following the plan their Father God has for them.
If you are still unsure which name resonates most with you, ask one of our students. They have been hard at work, researching and learning about what the two names mean. They'd be happy to share their knowledge!
Please be sure to vote. Ballots are available in the back of each church through April 28th. Or vote online"