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

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When life is most demanding and you give cheerfully in spite of that, that is love at its best.

You can do what I can't do. I can do what you can't do. Together we can do something beautiful for God.

These concerns (for orphan children in India and elsewhere in the world) are very good, but often these same people are not concerned with the millions that are killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is what is the greatest destroyer of peace today, Abortion? For the pregnant women who don't want their children, give them to me.

Trust in the good God who loves us, who cares for us, who sees all, knows all, can do all things for my good and the good of souls. One thing Jesus asks of me: that I lean upon Him; that in Him alone I put complete trust; that I surrender myself to Him unreservedly.

We have a great deal of worth in the eyes of God. I never tire of saying over and over again that God loves us.

We must think as He thinks, love as He loves, wish as He wishes; we must permit Him to use us to the full.

We want to create hope for the person ... we must give hope, always hope.

When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Prize, she was asked, ?What can we do to promote world peace? ?She answered ?Go home and love your family.?

You can find Calcutta anywhere in the world. You only need two eyes to see. Everywhere in the world there are people that are not loved, people that are not wanted nor desired, people that no one will help, people that are pushed away or forgotten. And this is the greatest poverty.

This is a much greater trial [for the butterfly] especially if the pains are severe; in some ways, when they are very acute, I think they are the greatest trial that exists. For they affect the soul both outwardly and inwardly, till it becomes so much oppressed as not to know what to do with itself. There are many things which assault her soul with an interior oppression so keenly felt and so intolerable that I do not know to what it can be compared ... She is conscious of a strange solitude, since there is not a creature on the whole earth who can be companioned to her ? in fact, I do not believe she would find any in Heaven, save Him Whom she loves: on the contrary, all earthly companionship is torment to her. She thinks of herself as a person suspended aloft, unable either to come down and rest anywhere on earth or to ascend into Heaven. She is parched with thirst, yet cannot reach the water; and the thirst is not tolerable one but a kind that nothing can quench...

Try to be more in tune with God and more open to Him, so that you will be able to see His face.

We have been created for great things. We have been created to be holy since we have been created in the image of God.

We need each other. Our lives would be empty without each other.

We will be judged by I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.

When suffering comes to us, we should accept it with a smile, because it is the greatest gift that God gives us. It is a gift to have the courage to accept everything that He sends us.

You have to do that here in your country. You must come to know the poor. Maybe our people here have material things, everything, but I think that if we all look into our own homes, how difficult we find it sometimes to smile at each other, and that the smile is the beginning of love.

This is a sign of the joy of loving God: sharing that love with others.

Understand the tenderness of God's love. You are precious to Him. He loves you, and He loves you so tenderly that He has carved you on the palm of His hand.

We have been created to love and to be loved.

We need to avoid pride. Pride destroys everything. That's why Jesus told His disciples to be meek and humble with one another. To live His way is the key to being meek and humble.

We will never know all the good a simple smile may be able to do.

When you don't have anything, then you have everything.

You may be exhausted with work, you may even kill yourself, but unless your work is interwoven with love, it is useless. To work without love is slavery.

To be holy doesn't mean to do extraordinary things, to understand big things, but it is a simple acceptance, because I have given myself to God, because I belong to Him - my total surrender. He could put me here. He could put me there. He can use me. He cannot use me. It doesn't matter because I belong so totally to Him that He can do just what He wants to do with me.

Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.

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