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

To the good God nothing is little because He is so great and we so small- that is why He stoops down and takes the trouble to make those little things for us- to give us a chance to prove our love for Him.

We are bound in conscience to help. If a soul desires God, he has the right to be given the means to go to Him. No one has the right to stand between.

We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully.

We need to realize that poverty doesn't only consist of being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity. We need to love and to be someone for someone else

What is our spiritual life? A love union in which the divine and the human give themselves completely to one another.

Whether one is Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian, how you live your life is proof that you are or not fully His. We cannot condemn or judge or pass words that will hurt people. We don't know in what way God is appearing to that soul and what God is drawing that soul to; therefor, who are we to condemn anybody?

Today let us recall the love of God for you and for me. His love is so tender. His love is so great, so real? just to teach us that-- how to love. To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. To possess God we must allow Him to possess our souls.

We are but instruments that God deigns to use; these instruments bring forth fruit in the measure that they are united to God... We obtain grace in proportion to our sanctity, to our fervor, and to our degree of union with our Lord.

We must all work together. We are all one in this unity.

We realize that what we are accomplishing is a drop in the ocean. But if that drop were not in the ocean, it would be missed.

What the poor need most is not pity but love. They need to feel respect for their human dignity, which is neither less nor different from the dignity of any other human being.

Why can't there be love that never gets tired?

Today somebody is suffering, today somebody is in the street, today somebody is hungry. ... We have only today to make Jesus known, loved, served, fed, clothed, sheltered. Do not wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow we will not have them if we do not feed them today.

We are misunderstood, we are misrepresented, we are misreported. We are not nurses, we are not doctors, we are not teachers, we are not social workers. We are religious, we are religious, we are religious.

We must have a real living determination to reach holiness. "I will be a saint" means I will despoil myself of all that is not God; I will strip my heart of all created things; I will live in poverty and detachment; I will renounce my will, my inclinations, my whims and fancies, and make myself a willing slave to the will of God.

We should give thanks to God for what He has done in us, with us, and through us. We should thank Him for using us to be His love and mercy.

What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things.

With God, nothing is impossible.

Today, if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other-that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbor, do you think we would still need tanks and generals?

We are not called to be successful, but faithful.

We must join our prayer with work. How is it possible to change one's work into a prayer? Work cannot substitute for prayer. Nevertheless, we can learn to make work a prayer.

We should realize that poverty doesn't only consist in being hungry for bread, but rather it is a tremendous hunger for human dignity. We need to love and to be somebody for someone else.

What we say does not matter - only what God says to souls through us.

Work without love is slavery.

Today, nations put too much effort and money into defending their borders. They know very little about the poverty and the suffering that exist in the countries where those bordering on destitution live. If they would only defend these defenseless people with food, shelter, and clothing, I think the world would be a happier place.

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First Name
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