To Go To Work Amongst
The Dispossessed

On September 12, 1997, following the death
of Mother Teresa, our founder, Gerald Henry, wrote this commitment to serve those dispossessed of life.

This commitment serves as a source of inspiration for the Everyman volunteers:

Mother Teresa was 37 when the Lord called her to serve Him amongst “the poorest of the poor.”

Upon Mother Teresa’s death it was said;

   “The humanity of the world has lost its mother.”

This year I am 42. What will be said about me upon my death?

Mother Teresa said:

   “The fruit of silence is prayer
    The fruit of prayer is faith
    The fruit of faith is love
    The fruit of love is service
    The fruit of service is peace.”

Mother Teresa also said:

“Joy is not simply a matter of temperament in the service of God and Souls; it is always hard. All the more reason why we should try and acquire it and make it grow in our hearts.

We may not be able to give much but we can always give the joy that springs from a heart that is in love with God.

All over the world people are hungry and thirsty For God’s love. We meet that hunger by spreading joy.”

I want to honor Mother Teresa’s memory by committing myself amidst all of my worries and concerns to a life of service through the use of my talents.

To make service my poem.

Mother Teresa said;

  “The Lord has willed me where I am.
   He will offer me a solution.”

The Lord has offered me Everyman Foundation.

This is my solution:

To spreading joy, to serving not “the poorest of the poor” but the “dispossessed.”

To go to work amongst the dispossessed who may be “hungry and thirsty for God’s love.”

Love doesn’t need a poem—love is a poem.

Through Everyman, I want to make my love and my life—

A poem! No, a devotional!

To the love of every man.

To the love of God.

Which to me, are ONE.

Image Source:
Illustration by Gerald Henry from
The Great Cycle of Life series—1997