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

The very fact that God has placed a certain soul in your way is a sign that God wants to do something for him. It is not chance--it has been planned by God.

There is no limit to God's love. It is without measure and its depth cannot be sounded.

It is only by frequent deaths of ourselves and our self-centered desires that we can come to live more fully.

Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other's faults and failures.

Let's not pray long, drawn-out prayers, but let's pray short ones full of love.

Love until it hurts; it takes deep sacrifice to proclaim the word of God.

Our ideal is no one but Jesus. We must think as He thinks, love as He loves, wish as He wishes; we must permit Him to use us to the full.

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 and keep Him as your own.

Small things, done in great love, bring joy and peace.

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.

The more you have, the more you are occupied, the less you give. But the less you have the more free you are. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not a mortification, a penance. It is joyful freedom. There is no television here, no this, no that. But we are perfectly happy.

The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.

There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I?ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs?all different religions. But they all come to our prayers.

It is possible that I may not be able to keep my attention fully on God while I work, but God doesn't demand that I do so. Yet I can fully desire and intend that my work be done? This is beautiful and what God wants.

Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. Speak in a low, persuasive tone. Listen; be teachable. Laugh at good stories and learn to tell them...For as long as you are green, you can grow.

Life is a challenge, we must take it.

Love, tenderness, and compassion are real justice. Justice without love is not justice. Love without justice is not love.

Our life of contemplation shall retain the following characteristics: ?missionary: by going out physically or in spirit in search of souls all over the universe. ?contemplative: by gathering the whole universe at the very center of our hearts where the Lord of the universe abides, and allowing the pure water of divine grace to flow plentifully and unceasingly from the source itself, on the whole of his creation. ?universal: by praying and contemplating with all and for all, especially with and for the spiritually poorest of the poor.

Prayer is the breath of life to our soul; holiness is impossible without it.

Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other - it doesn't matter who it is and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody.

The most important medicine is tender love and care.

The whole of our life must come to that one word "yes." Yes to God: that is holiness. We allow God to take from us whatever He wants and we accept whatever He gives with joy. That is yes in action.

There is thing you can do but I cannot and there is thing I can but you cannot; so let us - together - make something beautiful for God.

It is a wonderful thing that God Himself loves us tenderly. Knowing this should give us courage and joy for living.

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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