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

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?

It is not what to do, but how much love we put into the doing. We can do not greats, only small things with great love.

Joy must be one of the pivots of our life. It is the token of a generous personality. Sometimes it is also a mantle that clothes a life of sacrifice and self-giving. A person who has this gift often reaches high summits. He or she is like sun in a community.

Let's do something beautiful for God.

Love to be real, it must cost?it must hurt?it must empty us of self.

Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.

Poverty comes into our homes to give us the chance to love. Here is where love finds its place. Are we there, open and willing to offer support and affection?

She knows how to suffer and at the same time how to laugh.

The aim of taking a retreat is to advance in the knowledge and love of God, to purify ourselves, and to reform and transform our lives according to the life of our model, Jesus Christ. It is not so much a looking back on the achievements and failures of the past, as a looking forward to a more generous imitation of our Lord Himself.

The more we empty ourselves, the more room we give God to fill us.

The very fact that God has placed a certain soul in our way is a sign that God wants us to do something for him or her. It is not chance; it has been planned by God. We are bound by conscience to help him or her.

There is much suffering in the world - physical, material, mental. The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.

It is only by being transformed in spirit, by recognizing both our total inadequacy and the almighty power of God, that we can find the door to His Kingdom.

Just show up and things will happen.

Let's not live distracted lives. Let us know ourselves so that we can better understand our brothers and sisters. If we want to understand those with whom we live, we need to understand ourselves first of all.

Love to pray. Feel often during the day the need for prayer, and take trouble to pray. Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. Ask and seek and your heart will grow big enough to receive Him.

Our holy faith is nothing but a gospel of love, revealing to us God's love for men and claiming in return man's love for God.

Poverty was not created by God. It is we who have caused it, you and I through our egotism.

Silence gives us a new outlook on everything. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say but what God says to us and through us. Jesus is always waiting for us in silence. In that silence, He will listen to us; there He will speak to our soul, and there we will hear His voice.

The best day - today. Biggest obstacle - fear. Easiest thing - to fool. Biggest misconception - that another is guilty of failure you. Most difficult - to achieve your dreams. Most unattainable - to please everyone. Most stupid thing - justification. Biggest mistake - you fall spirit. Biggest defeat - to surrender without a fight. Root of all evil - selfishness. Best Entertainment - work. Most useful thing - experience. Most useless thing - laziness. Worst defeat - despair. Most needed - the hearth. Most faithful friends - parents. Biggest donors - the teachers. Best teachers - children. Your biggest enemy - you yourself. Most dangerous man - a hypocrite. Worst Wizard - anger. Most treacherous feelings - hatred and envy. Greatest happiness - to be useful to others. Biggest success - to eradicate its shortcomings. Most unpleasant drawback - bad mood. What you cannot escape - the problems. Most essential - communication. Shortest path - right. Longest time - to bring foreign brains. Most beautiful gift - forgiveness. Most best defense - smile. Most pleasant feeling - inner peace. Greatest pleasure - their duty. Biggest disappointment - betrayal. Most depersonalization - imitation. Nobody can take you: education, experience and memories. Most important thing you carry with you - mind. Best medicine - optimism. Most powerful force in the world - faith. Most stimulating gift - hope. Reality only - love.

The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. We need silence to be able to touch souls.

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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