Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

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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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.

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.

It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

Let none glory in his success but refer all to God in deepest thankfulness; on the other hand, no failure should dishearten him as long as he has done his best.

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.

May we all have hearts overflowing with love as a reflection of God's love. God's love is what can save our families, our country, and the world.

Our vocation is to belong to Jesus. The easiest way and the simplest way of belonging is this: the Holy Spirit makes us do that giving of self that total surrender to God, without any reflection, without any counting the cost. We call that "blind surrender."

Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.

Souls of prayer are souls of great silence. We cannot put ourselves directly in the presence of God if we do not practice internal and external silence.

The fruit of our work, as well as the ability to carry it out, comes from prayer.

The Scriptures tell us, "I have called you by name. You belong to me. You are precious to me. I love you." God Himself declares that we are precious to Him. He loves us, and He wants us to respond to His love.

There are so many religions and each one has its different ways of following God.

It is necessary that the Word live in you, that you understand the Word, that you live the Word. You will not be able to live that Word unless you give it to others.

I've never seen the poor people being so familiar with their head of state as they were with her. It was a beautiful lesson for me.

Let the love of God once take entire and absolute possession of a heart; let it apply itself continually to increase this love of God by seeking to please Him in all things and refusing Him nothing that He asks; let it have a firm determination never to commit any fault deliberately and knowingly; or if it should fall, to be humble for it and to rise up again at once. Such a heart will pray continually.

Lord, help us to accept the pains and conflicts that come to us each day as opportunities to grow as people and become more like you.

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

Our work brings people face to face with love.

Real prayer is union with God, a union as vital as that of the vine and the branches? We need prayer. We need that union to produce good fruit.

Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well.

The fullness of our heart is expressed in our eyes, in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, in the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we need. That is the fullness of our heart expressing itself in many different ways.

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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