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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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December 19, 2008
Contact: Doris Sanchez, Press Secretary
(512) 463-0385
Public Service Should Reflect Teachings of Mother Teresa
Holiday Cheers to South Texas

As we continue to forge ahead through another holiday season during economically fragile times, I can't help but think of that wonderful woman who impacted millions of lives and left mankind an unsurpassed legacy of perseverance and love.

Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion of the poor, once said during her lifetime that spanned 87 years, "To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it."

Perseverance and love should form the foundation of public service. It is often said that elected officials must love what they do or they wouldn't keep doing it. True, but public servants must also love the people they represent during good times and bad. It is the people we serve who are the oil that keeps our lamps burning.

Soon after the New Year, I will make the biannual trek to Austin for the 81st Legislative Session where we'll be faced with possibly more needs than the state's budget can meet. Instead of feeling discouraged, I feel more determined to persevere.

Mother Teresa never ran for public office, yet her burning lamp kept her working under austerity to serve the most destitute in India with almost perfect love and undying perseverance. She is the finest example of public service, no matter the circumstances.

While most of us may never reach the level of humanitarianism that Mother Teresa did, we can surely apply her principles to our daily lives. This is my intent as I am called again to represent the interests of the people of Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Kleberg and Willacy counties.

In the meantime, my family and I wish South Texans safe and blessed holidays, and the love that Mother Teresa encouraged we extend to each and everyone.

As always, if you have any input or questions regarding these or other matters, please do not hesitate to contact Doris Sanchez, my press secretary, 512-463-0385.