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“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.” -Mother Teresa

I really love this quote. It diagnoses the problem and prescribes the cure. Us people in the Western world often have a hard time accepting that in some ways we are just as spiritually afflicted as those living in parts of the world were the needs are so tangible and evident.

In the West we tend to like quick fixes, treating the symptoms, throwing some money at problems and calling it good, but we never really get to the heart of the matter, that poverty of spirit that tends to plague us, that deceives us into pouring everything into the abyss of our souls except the one thing we need the most.

“There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”