Saturday, December 5, 2015


If you judge people, you have no time to love them 

-Mother Teresa 

As a Catholic school boy in the early '80s, the nuns who taught my classes really emphasized Mother Teresa, who had recently won the Nobel Prize in 1979, as a role model.  One of those lessons based upon Mother Teresa's teachings that still resonates with me today after more than thirty years have passed by is not to judge people with preconceived notions because that clouds your ability to being open to accepting others for who they are.  With all of today's mistrust and hatred between people of different political, religious, and racial affiliations, Mother Teresa's simple but profound words "if you judge people, you have no time to love them" ring so true.  Our world would be such a better place if more people could accept that tenet.

I remember going to a summer basketball camp when I was a kid and the coaches running the clinic brought some underprivileged boys from another city that they had taken under their wings to participate.  Based upon my impression of them being poor, another skin color, and a bit rough around the edges, I stayed clear of this trio of what I perceived as young hoodlums.  One day some of the other students from my neighborhood school attending the camp started bullying and beating me up.  I was about to get thrown into the pool at the high school where this basketball camp was taking place with my clothes and shoes on.  Out of no where these three boys, who I had been avoiding throughout the camp and really didn't know, stepped in, stopped the abuse, and saved me from the situation.  They became my good friends and we still stay in touch to this day.  I truly learned Mother Teresa's message that fateful day and have tried to abide by it everyday since never judging people by appearances and always trying to conduct myself with others in a manner that I would want them to treat me.

So when I found out that there was a motion picture playing in theaters about Mother Teresa my interest was peeked.  Check out this trailer for THE LETTERS - THE EPIC LIFE STORY OF MOTHER TERESA:

THE LETTERS which arrived at movie theaters across the United States on December 4, 2015 portrays Mother Teresa through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 years of her life.  The story is told from the point of view of a Vatican priest who recounts Mother Teresa's life's work, her religious zeal, and this woman's unbreakable spirit.

This PG rated film stars four-time BAFTA nominated  British Actress Juliet Stevenson as Mother Teresa, Academy Award Nominee Max Van Sydow and Golden Globe winner Rutger Hauer.  THE LETTERS was written and directed by William Riead.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Letters (Film). The opinions and text are all mine.