Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
1910
1997

Catholic Nun of Albanian Ethnicity, Founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, Winner of Nobel Peace Prize, Beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Author Quotes

Total surrender consists in giving ourselves completely to God. We must give ourselves fully to God because God has given Himself fully to us. If God owes nothing to us and is ready to impart to us no less than Himself, shall we answer with just a fraction of ourselves?

We belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved.

We stand before the world as ambassadors of peace by preaching the message of love in action that crosses all barriers of nationality, creed, or country.

When a poor person dies of hunger it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet come; we must live each day as if it were our last so that when God calls us we already, and prepared, to die with a clean heart.

There's nothing more calming in difficult moments that knowing there's someone fighting with you.

Total surrender to God must come in small details just as it comes in big details. It's nothing but that single word, "Yes, I accept whatever you give, and I give whatever you take.? And this is just a simple way for us to be holy.

We could know all possible knowledge, and all of theology and all the things about God, but we would not be able to light a fire in the hearts of the people. We could just be uttering words, not living those words. That is why it is necessary for us that our words be the fruit of our life, the fruit of our prayers. "

We must love with Jesus' love and his spirit of sacrifice. God loved us by giving himself to us. We too must give ourselves to one another. Because of this, we must reject whatever would keep us from giving ourselves to one another.

We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.

When I see waste here, I feel angry on the inside. I don't approve of myself getting angry. But it's something you can't help after seeing Ethiopia.

You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing.

These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one's self. To mind one's own business. Not to want to manage other people's affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully. To pass over the mistakes of others. To accept insults and injuries. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked. To be kind and gentle even under provocation. Never to stand on one's dignity. To choose always the hardest.

True holiness consists in doing God's will with a smile.

We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.

We must make our homes centers of compassion and forgive endlessly.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

When I was crossing into Gaza, I was asked at the check post whether I was carrying any weapons. I replied: Oh yes, my prayer books.

You can and you must expect suffering.

These are very unskillful comparisons to represent so precious a thing, but I am not clever enough to think out any more: the real truth is that joy makes the soul so forgetful of itself, and of everything, that it is conscious of nothing, and able to speak of nothing, save of that which proceeds from its joy? Let us join with this soul, my daughters all. Why should we want to be more sensible than she? What can give us greater pleasure than to do as she does? And may all the creatures join with us for ever and ever. Amen, amen, amen.

True love for our neighbor is to wish him well and to do good to him.

We forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge. People make mistakes. We are allowed to make mistakes. But the actions we take while in a rage will haunt us forever.

We must spread God's love on earth if we want to make souls repent wholeheartedly for sin, to strengthen them in temptation, and to increase their generosity and their desire to suffer for Christ.

We too are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with Him ? not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything ? to dwell lovingly in His presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless. We cannot find God in noise or agitation.

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Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Birth Date
1910
Death Date
1997
Bio

Catholic Nun of Albanian Ethnicity, Founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, Winner of Nobel Peace Prize, Beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta