The divine words, “I thirst,” first spoken on Calvary, still echo
throughout every time and place. God still speaks them in the empty
space, the dark and lonely place in every human heart.
“Jesus is thirsting for us right now.... Do we listen to Him saying,
“I thirst for your love?”... Do we really hear Him ... He is saying it
Mother Teresa’s Instructions to the M.C. Sisters
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Rev 3:20).
It is true. I stand at the door of your heart, day and night. Even
when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be me, I
am there. I await even the smallest sign of your response, even the
slightest hint of invitation that will allow me to enter.
I want you to know that whenever you invite me, I come. Always,
without fail. Silent and unseen I come, but with infinite power and
love, bringing the many gifts of my Father. I come with my mercy,
with my desire to forgive and heal you, and with a love for you
beyond your comprehension — a love every bit as great as the love
I myself have received from the Father. “As the Father has loved me,
so have I loved you” (Jn 15:10). I come longing to console you and give
you strength, to lift you up and bind your wounds. I bring you my
light, to dispel your darkness and all your doubts. I come with my
power, that I might carry you and all of your burdens; with my grace,
to touch your heart and transform your life; and my peace I give to
still your soul.
I know you through and through. I know everything about you.
The very hairs of your head I have numbered. Nothing in your life
is unimportant to me. I have followed you through the years, and I
have always loved you, even in your wanderings. I know every one of
your problems; I know your needs, your fears, and your worries. I
hear your every whispered prayer, always. Even when it seems I am
silent, I am ever at work in your life to bless you and protect you.
Every movement of your heart I follow, and your every thought.
I know all your pain, your struggles and trials, your failures and
heartaches. And yes, I know all your sins. But I tell you again that I
love you, and not for what you have or haven’t done. I love you for
you; I love you because you are. I love you for the beauty and digni-
ty my Father gave you, creating you in his own image. It is a digni-
ty you have forgotten, a beauty you have tarnished by ego and sin.
But I love you as you are, infinitely, completely, without reserve;
and I have shed my blood to win you back. If you only ask me with
faith, my grace will touch all that needs changing in your life, and I
will give you the strength to free yourself from sin and from all that
binds and burdens you, and from all that takes you away from me.
I know what is in your heart. I know your loneliness and all your
hurts: the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations. I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you so that you might share my
strength and my victory. I know especially your need for love, how
you thirst to be accepted and appreciated, loved and cherished. But
how often have you thirsted in vain, seeking that love outside of me
— I who am its Source — striving to fill the emptiness inside you
with passing pleasures, and often with the even greater emptiness of
sin. Do you thirst for love? “If any one thirst, let him come to me...” (Jn
7:37). I will satisfy your desire for love beyond your dreams. Do you
thirst to be appreciated and cherished? I cherish you more than you
can imagine, to the point leaving heaven for you, and of dying on a
cross to make you one with me.
Don’t you realize that your thirst for love is a thirst for me, I who
am Love? I am myself the answer to your deepest desires.
I THIRST FOR YOU ... Yes, that is the only way to describe my
love for you: I thirst to love you and to be loved by you, that is how
precious you are to me.
• Come to me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds.
I will make you a new creation, and give you peace in all your
• You must never doubt my mercy, my acceptance of you, my
desire to forgive, my longing to bless you and live my life in you.
• If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters
not at all. For me, there is no one more important than you.
• Open to me, come to me, thirst for me, give me your life —
and I will prove to you how important you are to my heart.
Don’t you realize that my Father already has a perfect plan to
transform your life, beginning from this moment? Trust in me. Ask
me every day to enter and take charge of your life — and I will. I
promise you before my Father in heaven that I will work miracles in
your life. Why would I do this? Because I thirst for you. All I ask is
that you entrust yourself to me completely. I will do all the rest.
Even now I behold the place my Father has prepared for you in my
kingdom. Remember that you are a pilgrim in this life, on a journey
home. The things of this world can never satisfy you, nor bring the
peace you seek. All that you have sought outside of me has only left you
more empty, so do not cling to material things. Above all, do not run
from me when you fall. Come to me without delay. When you give me
your sins, you give me the joy of being your Savior. There is nothing
I cannot forgive and heal. So come now, and unburden your soul.
No matter how far you may wander, no matter how often you
forget me, no matter how many crosses you may bear in this life,
there is one thing I want you to always remember, one thing that will
never change: I thirst for you— just as you are. You don’t need to
change to believe in my love, for it will be your belief in my love that
will change you. You forget me, and yet I am seeking you every
moment of the day, standing at the door of your heart and knocking.
Do you find this hard to believe? Then look at the cross — look at
my heart that was pierced for you. Have you not understood my
cross? Then listen again to the words I spoke there, for they tell you
clearly why I endured all this for you: “I thirst” (Jn 19:28).Yes, I thirst
for you — as the rest of the psalm-verse I was reciting says of me: “I
looked for pity, but there was none” (Ps 69:20). All your life I have been
looking for your love — I have never stopped seeking to love you and
to be loved by you. You have tried many other things in your search
for happiness. Why not try opening your heart to me, right now,
more than you ever have before?
Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you
come close enough, you will hear me say to you again and again, not
in mere human words but in spirit:
No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake.
Come to me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles
and needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the
door of your heart and knock. Open to me, for I thirst for you.
“Jesus is God, therefore His love, His Thirst, is infinite. He the
Creator of the universe, asked for the love of His creatures.”
Explanation of the Original Rule
“He thirsts for our love....”
Mother Teresa’s Letters to the M.C. Sisters
(May 11, 1994)
“These words: ‘I thirst’ — do they echo in our souls?”
Mother Teresa’s Instructions to the M.C. Sisters
“Today Jesus had His arms extended to embrace you. Today
Jesus’ Heart was opened to receive you. Were you there?”
Excerpt from Mother Teresa’s Letters to M.C. Sisters
(April 8, 1977), paraphrasing St. Alphonsus Liguori